June 23 2021
Commenting on Wednesday’s debate in the Welsh Parliament on bus services, CPT Cymru Director Joshua Miles says:
“Throughout the pandemic bus operators have worked closely with Welsh Government and local authorities to keep services running in a way that allows those who need to travel to do so in a safe way.
“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.
“A frequent, reliable and cost-effective bus network, built in partnership, can address all of these challenges. The Welsh Government needs to make bus priority measures a common sight across Wales, help kick start a transition to low emission buses and ensure transport funding helps operators deliver better services for passengers.
“With more than 100m passenger journeys per year, Wales’ bus sector is ready to deepen its partnership with the Welsh Government to help tackle these challenges. But this can only be achieved with an ambitious plan from government.”