Wales Office minister Alun Cairns has hosted a transport summit with business leaders in North Wales to discuss maximising the opportunities for economic growth in the region.
The event gave businesses, the transport industry and government a platform on which to discuss the infrastructure required in North Wales and produce a joint plan to strengthen the case for rail electrification.
Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb announced in November that he would make the case for North Wales rail electrification to colleagues at the heart of Government and today’s summit will helped explore exactly what is needed to make that happen.
The transport summit comes only weeks ahead of a report into rail electrification in England by the Northern England Electrification Task Force and attendees discussed the case for a joined-up rail network with English cities to boost the North Wales economy.
Alun Cairns said: “The UK Government has an economic plan for North Wales and we are determined to create the right conditions for growth. I want to link North Wales to the English cities so we can trade, grow, attract private investment, and attract the best people to the region.
“Business leaders in North Wales are the driving force behind the recovery in Wales and the people that are making North Wales our own Northern Powerhouse. We need to work together to create economic growth, jobs and opportunities for hardworking people in Wales.”