Member of the Senedd for Delyn, Hannah Blythyn, has kicked off a survey this summer to hear experiences of travelling in and around communities within the Delyn constituency. The short survey is designed to better understand people’s transport choices, as well as what changes could encourage them to use more public transport and changes they would like to see locally.
Recognising differences in challenges across the constituency, Ms Blythyn is also looking for communities to suggest local solutions to transport challenges in the area, which will then help shape her discussions with Welsh Government and Flintshire County Council. Suggestions will also be used to make the case to the UK Government for the need to invest in transport infrastructure in a sustainable way.
The Delyn MS will start the survey by visiting Holywell Market this week to speak to residents and businesses to get their views. The survey can also be accessed at www.hannahblythyn.cymru and will run through until September, with Ms Blythyn looking to speak to more residents in person.
Launching the survey at Holywell Market, Ms Blythyn said:
“We need solutions that work for people and places. Solutions that don’t just address the challenges of today, but also the challenges of tomorrow.
There are real opportunities to improve our transport network – from trialling flexible bus services and smart signage, to promoting active travel and opening a train station at Greenfield.
It is vitally important that we work together to identify and drive forward the solutions that work for our communities.”
Ms Blythyn has a record of raising the need to improve the transport network across North Wales, but has always called for improvements to be made in a sustainable way.
In particular, the Delyn MS has long championed a new train station at Greenfield, citing historic underinvestment in Wales’s rail infrastructure. Despite having 11% of the rail network here in Wales, investment sits at around 2%.
A recent report from the House of Commons has challenged the UK Government to label the controversial HS2 project as “England only” to ensure that Wales receives its share of consequential funding for railway projects.
Working with Town and Community Councils, as well as Flintshire County Council, Ms Blythyn has also pushed for traffic calming measures and improvements to active travel routes.
Following the survey, Ms Blythyn will use the findings to continue to make the case for improvements in the transport network with Flintshire County Council and both the Welsh and UK Governments.