Ruabon train station should be revamped in order to bring it up to 21st Century standards. That was the call made by Mabon ap Gwynfor, Plaid Cymru – The Party Of Wales’ Assembly candidate for Clwyd South.
It was also revealed that the station’s use had more than tripled from 32,000 in 1998 to a little under 100,000 last year.
The Party Of Wales’ Mabon ap Gwynfor said: “Ruabon station has seen a huge rise in the number of people using it in the last seventeen years. It’s my nearest station and I use it regularly myself. If Wrexham is to see extra train services to London then it’s likely that we’ll see another increase in the number of people using Ruabon station.
“However Ruabon Station is not suitable for the 21st Century. Those wishing to use the northern line must climb the footbridge to access the other side, which is impossible for less able bodied people. My youngest only recently stopped using her pushchair, but when she was a baby I had to go to Wrexham to catch the train to Chester or Liverpool. People in these situations can’t use Ruabon station, and must travel further. The station must be fully accessible.
“Such an increase in footfall should be seen as an opportunity. It could bring more money into the village, but while the footfall has increased the station hasn’t seen equivalent increase in investment to improve and maintain it. It also serves a large geographical area with it being the closest station for all the communities along the Upper Dee Valley over to Bala and beyond.
“Surely it’s about time for Network Rail to invest in the station and make it fully accessible and fit for the twenty first century.”
It is about time Ruabon station was brought back to its former glory, I can just remember W H Smith a warm waiting room and a cafe on the station. During the 70’s -80s I travelled too and from London nearly every week and used Ruabon rather than Wrexham. It’s a shame to see it as it is.
As for the South/North divide, it is true, everything is given to South, very little to North. Even the Welsh BBC news is mostly south, but gradually they are changing. Keep up the fight, and good luck in the future.
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