Recently, I received a copy of a letter written by Rail Users’ Associations covering Merseyside, Cheshire, Shropshire, Wrexham, and Flintshire, highlighting their serious concerns about Transport for Wales’ (TfW) failing service. Sadly, this abysmal service is nothing new. The TfW service is overcrowded; using dirty, old rolling stock; fraught with severe delays and cancellations; and with poor communication from the train operator. The Rail Users Associations conclude, as do I that TfW has failed rail users.
During a recent meeting with a Transport for Wales representative, I was told that the situation involving the rolling stock was a ‘perfect storm – with each different train class experiencing its own problems. Following this meeting, I raised the poor services in the Commons with the Leader of the House, Penny Mordaunt MP. You can watch this here. In her response, she clarified that the UK Government Rail Minister, Huw Merriman MP had recently met with the Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters MS to discuss what actions are going to be taken to improve services. Knowing this, I wrote to the Deputy Minister for Climate Change to understand what actions are going to be taken to rectify the situation and to call for an independent review of the TfW service in North Wales. You can read the full letter down below. Once I receive a response, I will update residents via my website and social media.