Stagecoach urges Welsh partnerships
Stagecoach has urged the Welsh Government to boost bus use by making more use of existing legislation to encourage greater partnership working between bus operators and local authorities. The company called for a more integrated approach to transport in Wales through the creation of new single regional bodies to take responsibility for both roads and public transport planning and delivery. Stagecoach backed aspirations for a national transport network in Wales, but cautioned that any system ‘must be practical and affordable’. It also rejected proposals for a bus contracting system and separate regulatory powers for the Welsh Government as unnecessary. The details are included in Stagecoach’s response to the Integrated Public Transport in Wales report published in May 2013 by the National Assembly’s Enterprise and Business Committee. The company operates nearly 400 buses in South Wales, employs 900 people and carries 26m passengers a year.