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‘Borderlands’ rail scheme edging closer to fruition

Plans to electrify the new Wrexham to Bidston railway line are getting a bit closer day by day as Merseytravel is now continuing to move along the multi-million pound project that is set to transform rail travel in North Wales.

The scheme, referred to as the ‘Borderlands’ scheme is valued to be worth around £60m and will involve the electrification of some of the major rail routes between Bidston and Wrexham. A study completed by the Guide to Rail Investment Projects is set to be completed over the next few weeks. As part of the study all details regarding funding, costs, and benefits are expected to be looked at.

Another study that will look into the actual design for the new rail system is set to follow later on this year with Neil Scales the Chief Executive of Merseytravel that is behind the project stating that this route is very key to the area and has a large potential that needs to be fully explored.

Once completed, the electrification project will allow for hundreds of thousands more passenger journeys to be completed on a yearly basis helping to improve the connections between the Liverpool City Centre and Wrexham. This should also help make life easier for the eight thousand plus employees that work at Deeside Industrial Park.

The new electric rail system could also be used to serve areas where unemployment is high such as Woodchurch, Beechwood, and inner Birkenhead and perhaps allow residents of these areas a wider scope of job opportunities since they will have a better transportation option to utilize. The new travel option will also help build the regional economies.

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