Delyn MP, Rob Roberts joined Councillor Barry Scragg and Martin Fearnley, Projects and Development Officer from Holywell Town Council on a visit to the site of the proposed Greenfield train station.
Councillor Scragg and Mr Fearnley took the opportunity to guide the Member of Parliament around the proposed site just off Dock Road in Greenfield. They explained why the Town Council are so keen to have a station at the site, and why the site is so suitable.
Transportation and connectivity continue to be a major issue across North Wales. Residents, especially those in and around the Holywell area, which is the least connected town in Delyn, must rely on traveling by car or have no other option but to rely on unreliable bus services.
Speaking about a station at Greenfield, Rob said:
“It is vitally important that transport is improved in Delyn and things are progressing with developing a Strategic Cases for investment in Wales’ rail network. This includes building a station at Greenfield, which was a key part of my campaign in the 2019 General Election.
“It is essential for residents, businesses and the local economy as a whole, that this station goes ahead. It will mean that people can get to where they need when they need to. There is going to be a new station at Deeside and the residents of Holywell and Greenfield risk being left behind if they aren’t able to get to the jobs being created there effectively.
“Having visited the site, I can see just how perfectly situated it is. There is already infrastructure there from the old Greenfield station, and there is ample space for car parking and a bus drop off point.
“There is a feasibility study being undertaken which will be followed by a period of public consultation. I will work to ensure this process is fair and transparent, and that all stakeholders continue to be involved.”
Commenting on the proposals, Martin Fearnley said:
“Holywell Town Council have been leading on this project for some time and we are pleased that plans seem to be going in the right direction.
“It’s important that Holywell and its surrounding areas doesn’t get left behind in the economic development or North Wales. Holywell is a vibrant town with lots of potential, it sees around 50,000 tourists each year (pre-COVID). We must ensure that people can get here more easily.”
Counsellor Scragg said:
“The site is just perfect, its an absolute no-brainer why this must go ahead.
“The Town Council have over 600 responses to a survey it ran with local businesses on the Greenfield Business Park, such as Kingspan, with all of the responses were favourable.
“We really hope that the findings of the study commissioned by Flintshire County Council will bear this out.”
Rob will continue to support the Town Councils bid for a station in Greenfield and will look to secure the funding from the UK Government for this project.
Rob would like to hear residents’ views about the proposals for a station in Greenfield. Please send these to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01352 710 232.