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Rail link between North Wales and Liverpool would be boost for airport

The Car Hire Liverpool Airport location think the link would be fantastic for the area, if it did get the green light.

The planned upgrade of rail links between North Wales and Liverpool must have more substance and not just be a political stunt according to Wrexham MP Ian Lucas. The lack of certainty to upgrade the Halton Curve rail link, which could transform access to Liverpool Airport and city centre, is at the heart of his worries.

Earlier this month, Chancellor George Osborne announced a £10.4m package of funding to upgrade the Halton Curve line.

Mr Lucas said “The Chancellor’s announcement about the Halton Curve, when it was made, gained a great deal of attention. However, it did not contain a great deal of detail. We now know that the plans are at a very early stage indeed, with more details not expected until next year and work not expected to be completed until at least 2017. Rail users from North Wales will rightly want to know what is going on at the earliest possible opportunity. They will also want assurances that the Government is not making announcements about major infrastructure works for purely political purposes.”

A UK Government source said, “It will happen… The money is there. There is a line in the local growth budget for this item and it’s just a case of continuing to develop it and getting it sorted. Further details of the work will be provided by Network Rail early next year.”