Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for Ynys Môn Rhun ap Iorwerth has questioned the First Minister regarding Welsh Government’s plans to reopen Lein Amlwch – a project the Ynys Môn AM says would be transformational for the town in the north of his constituency.
In a question to First Minister Mark Drakeford on Tuesday, Mr ap Iorwerth made the case for Welsh Government investing in the reopening of Lein Amlwch, adding that this is a relatively small investment which could be made immediately given the strong condition of the line between Gaerwen and Amlwch.
Mr ap Iorwerth said:
“On my five-hour journey from Bangor to Cardiff yesterday evening, I looked at a map of the Welsh rail network and it reminded me that this isn’t a network created for Wales, if truth be told.
“We need investment in expanding the network in order to connect Wales. We need to invest across the west coast line of Wales. But investment in the rail network is expensive, of course.
“We need to think carefully about those investments. But there is one investment that we could make immediately, a relatively small investment, which would enhance the network, and that is to reopen the line already there between Gaerwen and Amlwch in the north of Anglesey.
“Opening a line to Amlwch really would be transformational for a town that has struggled of late, and we have a unique opportunity here in that we have a line there already and in very, very good condition, which just needs a little bit of upgrading and support from Welsh Government.”