Mixed views emerge on Welsh franchising plans

The Welsh Government’s proposals for bus franchising across Wales have drawn a variety of responses from organisations, as RHODRI CLARK reports

There are concerns for the future of independent operators in Wales after franchising. A Morris Travel Optare Solo enters Carmarthen bus station with a service from Llanybri on June 30.

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.

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