The Welsh Government’s proposals for bus franchising across Wales have drawn a variety of responses from organisations, as RHODRI CLARK reports
The Welsh Government’s aim to introduce bus franchising in all areas of Wales risks giving the public unrealistic expectations, organisations have warned in their responses to the consultation on the proposals. There are also concerns about the future of independent bus operators, including the surviving municipals.
Several respondents say it is vital that the Welsh bus network is allocated funding which is ring-fenced and sustainable over the long term. Cardiff Council said it could not comment on the affordability of the franchising proposals until a clear funding proposal is available.