Welsh Government has been accused of neglecting North Wales when it comes to investment in new Metro services.
The Labour government says it has committed over £1bn to the Metro programme in Wales, on line electrification in South Wales, and more rail services and ticket machines.
While some of that spend will be pan-Wales there is only £50m specifically targeted at North Wales which Clwyd West MS Darren Millar described as “grossly unfair”.
Welsh Government said the overall future investment in the North Wales Metro is projected to be £1bn – with money spent on enhanced rail and bus services.
Wales has historically missed out on hundreds of millions of pounds in rail investment from UK Governments over many years compared to what it should receive under the Barnett formula. The country is also helping pay for HS2 despite the line not even entering Wales and analysis showing it will damage the Welsh economy.
The current UK Government has said it will address this – launching a Union Connectivity Review which has placed “Improved rail connectivity between the North coast of Wales and England” on the interim priority list.
Talking about the Welsh Government announcement, the Shadow Minister for North Wales Mr Millar said: “The people and communities of North Wales deserve our fair share of investment but yet again we are being let down by the Welsh Labour Government.
“It is grossly unfair that North Wales is receiving just £50 million of the £1,000 million being spent on metro projects in Wales. That figure is an insult to the people of North Wales, and it is no wonder that we feel like poor relations to people in the south.
“We deserve so much better than this.”
A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “Our ambitions for a £1bn North Wales Metro scheme will play a critical role in improving public transport for people living in communities across North Wales.
“The metro maps published this week set out an ambitious vision for investing more in the future of rail, bus and active travel.
“We’re committed to improving all sustainable modes of transport, including rail and bus services, active travel networks and innovative mobility solutions, such as electric bike and car clubs to help transform the lives of residents, support the rural economy and reach our Net Zero targets in Wales.”
They said the potential programme of more than £1bn investment in North Wales Metro projects is subject to UK Government funding for non-devolved areas.