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One network, one timetable, one ticket: Welsh Government to change bus travel

31 March 2022/Categories: Active Travel & Travel Planning, Bus & Coach

The Welsh government have planned an overhaul of the current bus transport system. Deputy Climate Change Minister, Lee Waters unveiled plans to bring forward legislation to change how bus services are delivered across Wales.

The Deputy Minister said designing a system that is ‘easy to use, easy to access and well connected’ would be his top priority to offer people a ‘real sustainable transport alternative’ to the private car.

The Bus White Paper is a key step towards a new model for running buses in Wales and an opportunity to look at what Wales needs from its public transport services.

The Welsh Government will work closely with local government, the bus industry and passengers on a proposed franchising model that aims to eventually deliver one network, one timetable and one ticket.

As part of this work, a 12 week public consultation has opened for people across Wales to have their say on how the new system is designed.

Deputy Minister for Climate Change, with a responsibility for transport, Lee Waters said:

"For too many years we have created a culture of car dependency which has allowed individual freedoms and flexibilities that we all value, but it has also locked in deep inequalities and environmental harms. We’ve seen a gradual decline in the bus industry in Wales over the years and, as a result, we’ve been left with an industry that is broken and in need of much investment. We’re going to be putting people before profit and providing passengers with a well-planned, easy to understand and connected bus network that makes the right thing to do the easy thing to do."

Ahead of this legislative reform, ‘Bus Cymru’ sets out a detailed route map for how to improve all aspects of bus service provision for passengers. This includes infrastructure, road allocation, accessibility, integration with other public transport modes, and, more widely, how we can bring about positive change by working with our partners in local government and the bus industry.


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