CPT welcomes Welsh Government funding boost

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The Confederation of Passenger Transport Cymru (CPT) has welcomed the Welsh Government’s announcement to boost bus travel in Wales through the use of network funding.

The announcement came on Friday, August 25, when Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Infrastructure, made £2.8m available for improving bus reliability and improving journey times by helping accessibility, congestion and integration between modes of transport.

The areas that will see the funding are:

  • £100,000 for developments for passenger growth on the B5129 strategic bus corridor
  • £617,000 for an integrated transport package in Neath Port Talbot
  • £425,000 for TrawsCymru Corridor passenger enhancements through improved accessibility in Powys
  • £600,000 for A4119 and A4059 bus corridor improvements in Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • £1,000,000 for strategic bus corridors and public transport hubs in Swansea
  • £15,500 for junction improvements at Union Street / Broad Street, Abersychan

In a statement responding to this announcement, released on Tuesday, September 5, Director of CPT Cymru, John Pockett, said: “This announcement is very welcome and a step in the right direction. We are pleased that the Welsh Government recognises that congestion is a major problem facing operators and we look forward to working with them to identify other schemes that could make the passenger journey better.”