April 13 2021
With the 2021 Senedd elections less than four weeks away, the bus industry in Wales has today (13th April) called on Wales’ prospective politicians to invest in Wales’ bus network to help drive a step change in public transport.
The bus network has played a vital role throughout the pandemic helping those that need to travel to do so. As restrictions ease, there is an opportunity to build a reinvigorated bus network and tackle some of the major challenges facing Wales including congestion, air quality, decarbonisation, social and economic inequality and car dependency as well as rebuilding the economy from the impacts of the pandemic.
With over 5,000 staff and more than 100m passenger journeys per year, Wales’ bus sector is ready to deepen its partnership with the next Welsh Government to help tackle these challenges. But this can only be achieved with an ambitious plan from government. Our agenda for the next Welsh Parliament calls for:
- A National Bus Strategy for Wales that achieves modal shift with bus passenger growth by working in partnership with operators and providing the environment for business confidence for investment in low and zero emission vehicles.
- A Welsh Green Bus Fund that would decarbonise the bus fleet by helping operators overcome the significant financial challenges of adopting zero emission vehicles.
- Bus first investments in Wales’ towns and cities by setting out plans for large scale rollout of bus priority measures such as bus lanes and bus priority traffic signals across Wales.
CPT Cymru Director Joshua Miles said:
“As restrictions ease, we need the next Welsh Government to provide a clear signal to the people of Wales that people should be getting back on board the bus by making a clear commitment to build a better bus network for Wales.
“There is a real opportunity to drive a generational change in our bus network as we face significant challenges such as worsening air quality and congestion alongside the need to reduce carbon emissions all caused by car dependency.
“A frequent, reliable and cost-effective bus network, built in partnership, can address all of these challenges and help to deliver a more prosperous Wales in the aftermath of the pandemic. The next Welsh Government needs to make bus priority measures a common sight across Wales, kick start a transition to electric buses and ensure transport funding helps keep operating costs, and therefore fares, down.
“Our sector is ambitious for the future of Wales’ bus services. As Wales goes to the polls, we hope all parties share our ambition to build a better bus network for Wales.”