WELSH GOVERNMENT:

ALL BUSES TO BE PUBLICLY OWNED

As Wales sets out a roadmap putting forward franchising as the only option, RHODRI CLARK assesses the document, and the deliverability of the plans

Bus movements through Cardiff have reduced slightly as a result of the TrawsCymru T4 from Newtown being truncated to turn around north of the city centre. This 2012 Optare Tempo photo shows how the T4 previously provided convenient connections with trains, buses and coaches at Cardiff Central bus station. The Welsh Government intends to make further reductions in what it regards as duplication.
RHODRI CLARK

The Welsh Government expects that all buses in Wales will eventually be publicly owned and used by franchised operators, but acknowledges that transitioning to zero emissions vehicles will be constrained by funding and supply.

Since 2017, the Labour administration in Cardiff Bay has said it would replace bus deregulation. Its initial bus reform bill was scuppered by the advent of Covid-19.

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