About Us

Borderlands Community Rail Partnership

Founded in 1996 with a strategic aim to improve and develop all rail related service elements of the easily accessible 27 miles of Borderlands Line route for all residents, employees, tourists and service providers across Liverpool, Wirral, Cheshire, and North Wales.
Working with the rail franchise holder Transport for Wales, we identify and build relationships with community groups and organisations throughout the line to seek increased community involvement, deliver improvements to stations and surrounding areas as well as collaboratively delivering social and economic benefits to our rail communities and residents.

Partnership Members

The partnership members consist of the following organisations and local stakeholders including;

• Flintshire County Council
• Merseytravel (Liverpool City Region)
• Cheshire West & Chester
• Wirral Council
• Wrexham County Borough Council
• Wrexham Bidston Rail Users Association (WBRUA)
• Transport for Wales (under licensed operation to Keolis Amey)

Additional contact work is undertaken with Community and Town councils situated along the
railway line including local businesses, community Interest/not for profit companies and
tourism organisations. We are continually looking to build on our membership, if you are interested in what we do please contact us via e-mail: jamie.sant@flintshire.gov.uk or telephone 01352 704537.

Objectives of the Borderlands Stakeholders

1. Work collaboratively with partners to improve the passenger experience for the benefit of all users of the line, whilst maximising funding opportunities.

2. Promote and enable sustainable, accessible transport and infrastructure to the wider community.

3. Continue the development of local community partnerships and stakeholder relationships by wider community involvement through the works of user groups, station partnerships, art initiatives, schools and colleges and the wider community rail family.

4. Raise awareness of the line via innovative and effective marketing whilst promoting strategic importance of the railway line through initiatives involving potential employment, education, tourism, health and leisure.

5. Working to support both medium and long term aspirations of partners for the line including;
– The increasing of line speeds
– Increase of the diesel service to achieve 2 trains per hour (tph) with further contribution and support work for further improvement of frequencies (passenger/freight) and a continual development of the business case for optimal direct services into Liverpool

6. Maximise opportunities for the service to accelerate inclusive economic growth and sustainability for communities’ post COVID.