An outline map of Wales Borders

What's Happening in the Borders

What it means for the Borders

As part of our commitment to the Borders, we will:

  • Introduce new two and three-car new diesel multiple units (DMUs) for the Milford Haven to Manchester service by 2023.
  • Create a true intercity experience on the North-South long-distance services, bringing 12 newly refurbished Mark IV carriages into use on Cardiff to Holyhead services via Shrewsbury and Chester.
  • Invest in Chester Station in 2028.
  • Introduce a new Community Rail Partnership on the Crewe to Hereford line. Three Community Rail Partnerships will be supported by the recruitment of a new Community and Stakeholder Manager and eight Community and Customer Ambassadors.
  • Introduce new and reduced fares between Shotton and Chester (reducing seven-day Season tickets in January 2020) and Leominster-Shrewsbury.
  • Provide ticket machines at more stations.
  • Introduce a pay-as-you-go facility for users of our app from April 2021, finding the lowest available fares. 

Train service improvements include:

  • Delivering the North East Wales Metro by increasing frequency on the Wrexham-Bidston line to 2 trains per hour (tph) from December 2021, with fully refurbished metro trains. 
  • Introducing a 1tph service between Chester and Liverpool Lime Street in May 2019. 
  • Introducing a new Liverpool to Llandudno and Shrewsbury service (1tph) and Liverpool to Cardiff service (1 train every 2 hours), and a consistent 1tph between Cheltenham and Cardiff by December 2022.