Little now remains of a 2017 initiative to join up rail and bus services in Rhyl,

Arriva made a commendable attempt at joining up bus and rail at Rhyl in 2017. The initiative was belated – 14 years into Arriva’s 15-year Welsh rail franchise – and the new multi-modal One Arriva ticket was only available to people travelling to Rhyl by train, and not to the residents who saw it advertised on bus sides.

Nevertheless, Arriva’s initiative acknowledged that the adjacent railway and bus stations are a great asset for passenger transport. Posters within the railway station informed arriving passengers about key bus routes, and footprint stickers led the way across the station footbridge to the buses. A large touchscreen facility, near the railway station entrance, provided digital information about bus and rail journeys.

The new rail franchise which commenced in 2018 under Transport for Wales’ auspices would, we were informed, include “fully integrated/joined-up transport”.

Steps backward

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