AN MP is demanding an investigation by the Welsh Government into complaints over 'dangerous' Covid-secure conditions onboard North Wales coast trains arriving in Bangor.

Hywel Williams, MP for Arfon has received complaints from constituents who describe conditions onboard Transfort for Wales TfW services from Crewe to Bangor as ‘dangerous’, with reports of no means of social distancing, no ability to book seats in advance and no additional carriages to allow for safe travel, despite TfW policy making it clear that passenger numbers should be restricted in-line with Welsh government advice.

Mr Williams said: "I am extremely concerned to hear very worrying reports from constituents about the apparent lack of Covid safety measures onboard TfW train services operating along the north Wales main line and in particular, services from Crewe to Bangor in my constituency.’

"I understand from passengers that some services originating in Crewe over the weekend were at full capacity, with no means of properly enforcing social distancing measures, leaving those onboard with no alternative but to sit side by side and stand in the aisles.

"This dire service is bad enough under normal circumstances, but to expect passengers to endure cramped conditions for over two hours on a poorly ventilated train with next to no social distancing in the middle of a public health crisis, is a disgrace."

The Plaid Cymru member added: "TfW themselves have previously acknowledged that capacity on public transport services throughout Wales remains limited to allow for safe social distancing, yet here we have evidence of a direct breach of that policy with no contingency measures to accommodate passenger demand.

"With Wales’ railways in receipt of a measly one per cent of UK government investment despite having 11 per cent of the rail network, the long-term solution to improving services is to fully devolve responsibility to the Welsh government.'

"But in the meantime, I urge TfW and the Welsh government to urgently review their onboard Covid safety protocols so that passengers can travel safely and in confidence, in-line with government travel regulations."