Borderlands leaders seek £20 million of seedcorn investment from Chancellor for improving vital rail links serving North Wales, Cheshire and Wirral

23 November 2020

Local authority leaders across North Wales, the Wirral and Cheshire West and Chester are seeking £20 million in seedcorn funding from the Chancellor of the Exchequer in next week’s Spending Review to develop three rail improvement schemes in the borderlands region vital for future prosperity. 

Writing to Rishi Sunak MP on behalf of local authorities and business organisations in the Growth Track 360 Alliance, its Chair – Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester – and Vice Chair – Councillor Ian Roberts, Leader of Flintshire – urge the Chancellor to “seize the opportunity to strengthen the Union, generate inclusive economic growth, promote sustainable transport and reduce carbon emissions by making modest seedcorn investments in three well-developed cross-border rail modernisation schemes in North Wales, the Wirral and Cheshire.” 

Councillors Gittins and Roberts go on to say, “Just £20m of development funding over the next three years would enable Growth Track 360’s constituent members and their partners to make decisive, tangible progress with these projects during the lifetime of the present Parliament”. 

The three projects prioritised by Growth Track 360 for seedcorn funding are: 
  1. Wrexham to Liverpool Transformation: Twenty-First Century Travel in a Corridor of World Class Industries
  2. North Wales Coast Mainline: Expanding Overseas and British Tourism Sustainably in an Area of Extraordinary Beauty, and
  3. Chester Station Modernisation: A Millennial Gateway for a City of Millennia.
Councillor Gittins said: “Working cross-border and cross-party, political and business leaders across North Wales, the Wirral and Cheshire West and Chester want to build back better from the pandemic to achieve a greener, low-carbon future of sustainable prosperity for all our communities and citizens.  The modest seedcorn funding we are seeking from the Chancellor will enable us to move these three key rail improvement schemes to the next stage of development.”

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