12 Jun 2019Local Transport Today News
Still no date for completion of Cardiff’s new bus station

Still no date for completion of Cardiff’s new bus station

The Welsh Government has still not concluded funding negotiations for Cardiff’s long-delayed bus station and does not know when the facility will open. Construction has yet to begin at the site near Cardiff Central... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today News

London-Cardiff open access rail proposal criticised by DfT

Andrew Forster

The DfT and the operator of the Wales and Borders franchise have criticised plans for an open access rail service between London Paddington and Cardiff Central.  Grand Union Trains wants to run an hourly service between the cities, calling at Bristol Parkway, Severn Tunnel Junction and... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today News

New finance offer for electric vehicle fleets

Municipal bus operator Newport Transport has become the first transport operator to use a new £120m financing facility for the roll-out of electric vehicles.  The operator has struck a deal with Zenobe Energy for the supply of 15 electric single-deck buses. Zenobe will finance the buses,... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today News
In Passing - HS2 - Concrete Society Award 1971 - M4 Relief Road

In Passing - HS2 - Concrete Society Award 1971 - M4 Relief Road

Will it be built or won’t it? City AM newspaper has assessed the likelihood of HS2 going ahead under each of the candidates to lead the Conservative Party. In order of the likelihood (according to the bookies) of them being our next great... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today Comment

New date for Flex trains in Wales

Transport for Wales is aiming to introduce its Class 769 Flex trains in September, following major delays to testing of the type.  Rolling stock company Porterbrook announced in 2016 that it would convert some of its Class 319 electric units, formerly used for Thameslink services, for... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today News

Sustrans Cymru backs workplace parking levy

A workplace parking tax on large employers should be considered in Welsh cities, argues a sustainable charity. Sustrans Cymru said local authorities could tax company parking spaces provided for staff to raise money for public transport and encourage people to leave cars at home. Steve Brooks,... continue

3 Jun 2019Parking Review News
Swansea P&R sites lose bespoke buses

Swansea P&R sites lose bespoke buses

Rhodri Clark

Swansea’s two remaining park & ride sites are to lose their bespoke buses and see staffing... continue

29 May 2019Parking Review News
Welsh hospital park & ride to close

Welsh hospital park & ride to close

Rhodri Clark

A park & ride facility for a Welsh hospital will be closed on 30 June, despite objections from users... continue

29 May 2019Parking Review News
29 May 2019Parking Review News

National park to introduce charges after rejecting community management plea

Rhodri Clark

Parking charges are to be introduced at several Welsh beauty spots after a national park rejected requests from local councils to stave off charges by taking over the car parks’ management. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority acquired the car parks at Amroth, West Angle and Nolton... continue

29 May 2019Parking Review News

Debt recovery company JBW buys rival Rundles

Civil enforcement agency Rundles has been acquired by JBW Group. Rundles, which is based in Market Harbourgh, Leicestershire, was established in 1992 and has 90 local authority clients. Tom Gover, Rundles’ chief executive, commented: “This acquisition was the ideal opportunity to... continue

27 May 2019Parking Review Products & Services
Neath Port Talbot’s iPatrol car protects pupils

Neath Port Talbot’s iPatrol car protects pupils

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council is deploying a CCTV camera car to enforce parking restrictions around schools, at bus stops and pedestrian crossings. The new mobile enforcement... continue

27 May 2019Parking Review Products & Services

Bus operators blamed for cost of Welsh discount youth travel

Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government is blaming bus operators for the high initial cost of its discount travel scheme for people aged 16 to 18. The MyTravelPass scheme started as a 19-month pilot in September 2015. A Wales Audit Office report showed that, in 2016/17, the first full year of the pilot scheme, the... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Swansea shakes up park-and-ride

Swansea’s dedicated park-and-ride bus routes are to be withdrawn, with the city’s two P&R sites in future being served by commercial routes.    The contract for park-and-ride services between the city centre and the sites at Landore (1.5 miles north of the centre) and... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

‘Out of hours’ transport pilot for workplace travel in Valleys

Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government is funding a trial of flexible “out of hours” community transport after employers complained that current public transport provision impairs recruitment. The pilot appears to share the aim of the demand-responsive Deeside Shuttle, which lost its Welsh Government... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Concessionary travel ‘skews bus services’

The Welsh Government’s concessionary travel scheme has “skewed” service provision in a way that makes buses less convenient for commuters, transport minister Ken Skates has said. In 2002 Wales was the first part of Great Britain to introduce nationwide free bus travel for all... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News
Tram-trains won’t have toliets, says TfW

Tram-trains won’t have toliets, says TfW

Transport for Wales has confirmed that new tram-trains for the Core Valley Lines will not have on-board toilets, despite First Minister Mark Drakeford telling... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Wales ‘lacks voice on franchising’

The Welsh Government has criticised the DfT for refusing to give Welsh ministers a role in the joint management of cross-border rail franchises. Simon Jones, the Welsh Government’s economic infrastructure director, told an Assembly committee: “Cardiff is the poorest-connected of the... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

N Wales low carbon transport testbed

Councils in North Wales are planning a £71m transport decarbonisation project as part of their growth deal. “Three pilot projects for zero carbon emission transport networks will be delivered at Deeside, Holyhead Port and Snowdonia National Park,” says the new growth deal... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Flood warning system for A44

A flood warning system has been installed on a section of the A44 trunk road east of Aberystwyth in Powys. SWARCO has installed four warning signs that will alert drivers to flooding and advise them of a diversionary route. The signs are controlled by the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

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