A thorough review of the strengths and weaknesses of the longdistance network in Wales makes a case for new routes, more suitable vehicles, better operational control and much closer integration with the railways. RHODRI CLARK reports on what might happen next.

YJ15 AWR, an Optare Metrocity operated by Richards Bros, awaiting departure from Aberystwyth in September last year on an evening T5 service. The TrawsCymru review cites competing discounted fares between different operators south of Aberystwyth as an example of inconsistency.

Two new routes, a control centre and a complete replacement of the fleet are among the recommendations of a strategic review of the longer distance TrawsCymru services in Wales. Alternative fuels are also being explored, in the hope that the long-distance services meet the Welsh government’s target of eliminating diesel buses by 2028.

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