ELECTRIFYING the Wrexham-Bidston railway line could ease Wrexham's rush-hour traffic troubles according to campaigners.
Wrexham Labour MP Ian Lucas has met with councillors to discuss his campaign for improvements to the line.
Mr Lucas spoke to Gwersyllt councillors Ted George and David Griffiths, whose ward has a station on the line and who are expecting an influx of working families when new build housing is completed.
'There is a real opportunity to develop the transport infrastructure in North East Wales and the Wirral by working
on the Wrexham-Bidston line,' he said.
'Hundreds of houses are being built in Gwersyllt and the surrounding areas. Many of those people will be working in the Deeside Industrial Park in Flintshire which is going to double in size in the next few years.
'Electrification of the line would mean two services an hour rather than the current one and a journey time of under an hour between Wrexham and Liverpool.
'It would relieve traffic pressures on the Plas Coch roundabout and create a positive transport alternative to the car in both Wrexham and Flintshire,
two of the counties with the highest rates of car use in the United Kingdom.'
Mr Lucas believes the improvements would help the region's economy to grow.
He said: 'Although there will be setbacks, such as the recent job losses at Ellesmere Port, we need to construct an infrastructure which will help us compete in the global economy.
'With the success of Airbus and other major industries such as pharmaceuticals and renewable energy, we have a growing economy in the area. We must provide the transport infrastructure to support it.'