The Welsh Government bringing the Wales and Borders franchise under public control as an Operator of Last Resort (OLR) has attracted a lot of media attention over the last several weeks, with political statements being made for and against such a move. Here, Rhiannon Holtham considers whether this decision can…
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In a detailed Q&A, Peter Bell of Trapeze Group Europe offers his insight into why franchising could be the model of choice for bus companies in a post-COVID world.
Transport for Wales (TfW), Keolis and Amey have reached an agreement which will lead to the implementation of a new financing and operational model.
The funding will bring much needed support to the Welsh bus industry as it battles the long-term effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Welsh Government has announced the scheme as its previous short-term support scheme – the Bus Hardship Fund – comes to an end.
The investment includes funds to increase and improve cycle storage spaces, making them more accessible and secure.
If the initial pilot is deemed successful, Transport for Wales will look to roll the scheme out to more areas.
Smart parking sensors, augmented reality way-finding and facial recognition security were a few of the ideas selected to participate in Transport for Wales’ (TfW) inaugural accelerator programme, Lab, which aims to improve the rail passenger experience.
Closely aligned with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) 2015 Act, the plan is said to provide clear assurances that the new organisation meets national legislation and policy.