Sustrans backs reforms to Welsh Government bus services

Important changes to essential services

Sustrans shares the Welsh Government’s ambition for an integrated public transport service that provides an attractive and affordable alternative to transport by private car and provides vital connectivity to the quarter of the population of Wales who lack access to a car.

In recent years, bus services have struggled with declining passenger numbers and the number of bus vehicles declining by 17.8% since 2010.

Indeed, the total distance traveled by buses in Wales is now 28.2% less than in 2009-10.

We also know that passenger numbers continue to be hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sustrans encourages the public to engage in this reform process and to make their views known to the Welsh Government.

A fully integrated network

Reacting to the plans, Sustrans Cymru Director Christine Boston said:

“Sustrans believes in a fully integrated network that recognizes the importance of sustainable journeys that include first and last mile.

“Public transport is an essential part of a 20-minute neighborhood, helping people make long journeys in a sustainable way and connecting them to the services and facilities they need to live happy and healthy lives.

“We also know that providing reliable, affordable and integrated bus services has an important role to play in breaking our reliance on private cars.

“Without meaningful action, Wales will fail in its efforts to drastically reduce carbon emissions from the transport sector.

“We hope that the ‘one network, one time and one ticket’ plans will deliver transportation services that get people back on board for the long term.”

Find out more about the reforms and have your say in the Welsh Government’s public consultation.

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Melvin Z. Madore