Over the past week, the news of plans to shut ticket offices in train stations across England has rightly been met with concern, dismay and outrage. I know what a valued resource our ticket offices are, whether that is the knowledge someone is on hand to provide help and advice, that accessibility is taken into consideration or broader safety reasons. That’s why, I very much want to take this opportunity to reassure people that that the proposed changes to the majority of rail station ticket offices in England does not apply to Wales.

The Welsh Government and Transport for Wales (TfW) are committed to working together with passengers, trade unions and other partners to ensure that stations are appropriately staffed and meet the needs of passengers. Contrary to the proposed measures in England, Transport for Wales has no intention of implementing wholesale changes to ticket offices in Wales or at stations managed by them in England – including just over our border in Chester, Hereford, Leominster, Runcorn East, and Shrewsbury. However, I know many people travelling from Flintshire through England could see changes and I would encourage you to share your views with Transport Focus. They want to understand how the changes will impact you, so please take the opportunity to provide any comments via this link  https://www.transportfocus.org.uk/

On a brighter note, the summer season means a busy calendar of events across the constituency. I was pleased to once again be able to support the Flint Festival Fun Day at the castle and the 999 event by the RNLI. It was good to see so many families there making the most of the many stalls and activities and I took my responsibilities judging the sandcastle competition very seriously – spoiler, everyone was a winner! This weekend, the weather sadly interrupted Rock the Castle and whilst this was extremely disappointing I know that the organisers will make sure it is back bigger and better next year. Thanks again to the organisers, volunteers and stall holders who give their time and energy to create an event for us all to enjoy.

As part of the ongoing festival week, it was also good to attend the Mayor of Flint’s Civic Service, featuring a fantastic parade from the Town Hall to St Mary and St David Church and back again. The Revd Richard Hainsworth gave a very engaging address, demonstrating in an interactive way how our community is connected and the value of all working in the same direction.

Earlier this month, it was a real pleasure to be a guest and write a foreword for the programme for Trelawnyd Male Voice Choir’s 90th Anniversary Concert at Rhyl Pavilion. A packed-out theatre was treated to a wonderful performance from the choir as well as a number of special guest appearances. Former Holywell Grammar school pupil, Oscar nominated actor and Vice-President of the choir Sir Jonathan Pryce was also in attendance. I look forward to continuing to support the choir well into the future.

Finally, regular readers will know what an honour it is for me to lead on the Welsh Government’s support for veterans and our armed forces and it was a privilege to speak and join many others at an inspiring and uplifting evening at this year’s Welsh Veterans Awards. It was the third time in a row I have been able to show my support and on each occasion, I never fail to be moved and impressed. My thanks to all involved, especially the nominees and award winners.

As always, if you would like advice and/or support, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on any of the following contact details – 52 High Street, Mold, Flintshire, on 01352 753464 or by email hannah.blythyn@senedd.wales You can also keep up to date via my Facebook page – www.facebook.com/HannahBlythynForDelyn. Constituents are, of course, welcome to contact my office to arrange an appointment to see me, you don’t need to wait until an advice surgery.


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