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Hourly rail services between Chester and Liverpool on brand-new trains

Transport for Wales (TfW) will reintroduce hourly rail services between Chester and Liverpool via Runcorn, Helsby and Frodsham starting this week.

The step-up in services will increase from 15 to 30 a day in total (15 in each direction) and will be delivered on brand-new trains, improving the customer experience and connectivity of the region.

The Deputy Minister for Climate Change with responsibility for Transport, Lee Waters, said: “This is great news. These new trains will provide a much-improved passenger experience with more regular services on modern comfortable trains, encouraging more people to leave the car at home and let the train take the strain.”

Jan Chaudhry van der Velde, TfW Chief Operating Officer said: “More deliveries of our brand-new trains mean we are now in a position to reinstate the hourly service between Chester and Liverpool via Frodsham and Runcorn.

“Services on this route were first launched in 2019, and provide good connectivity with Liverpool John Lennon Airport via the station call at Liverpool South Parkway.

“The investment in new trains, built at manufacturer CAF’s factory in Newport South Wales, reflects part of an ongoing £800m transformation of the network.”