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The Borderlands Line (Welsh: Llinell y Gororau) is the railway line between Wrexham, Wales, and Bidston, Wirral, England.

Passenger train services are operated by Arriva Trains Wales between Wrexham Central and Bidston. Trains run every hour Monday to Saturday daytime, every two hours after 18:45 and on Sundays. Connections with other National Rail services are at Bidston (for Merseyrail services to West Kirby, Birkenhead and Liverpool), Shotton (for Chester and the North Wales Coast Line) and Wrexham General (for the Shrewsbury-Chester Line).

The line is sometimes also referred to as the Mid Wirral Line.

Holders of the Concessionary Travel Pass resident in Wrexham and Flintshire can travel free along part of the line, from Wrexham Central Station to Hawarden Bridge Station.

Passenger services

The train service is normally operated with Class 150s. It was formerly operated by Class 153s, but in October 2006 the operator started using Class 150s or paired Class 153 units, but the latter disappeared in favour of the Class 150s in December 2006.

Upon privatisation, passenger services were transferred from Regional Railways to North West Trains, later known as First North Western. In 2003, a review led to the creation of the All-Wales Franchise, meaning services were transferred to Wales & Borders Trains. Arriva Trains Wales succeeded Wales & Borders on 8 December 2003, and has operated all passenger services on the line since. Future electrification...
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