Welsh transport plan announced

Welsh Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart, has announced the National Transport Finance Plan 2015 for Wales. She claims the proposals strike ‘a good balance between major road investments, improvements to the public transport system and encouraging sustainable travel’. She said the Cardiff Capital Region Metro project will introduce a ‘step change in the delivery of a true integrated transport system’.

Edwina confirmed that initiatives announced as part of the plans for bus and community transport in Wales are intended to place the passenger at the core of service delivery. This is intended to be achieved through new bus quality standards delivered in partnership with bus and community transport operators. Particular emphasis will be placed on providing better links to key employments sites and services, as well as new infrastructure to improve access to users. It has been planned for steps to be taken over the coming years to move towards a more integrated public transport network, one where buses meet trains and people have better facilities to walk or cycle to connect with public transport. Seamless travel is envisioned to be aided by better information and smart ticketing. The government will also seek to further strengthen the TrawsCymru longer distance services.

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