Transport for Wales (TfW) has launched its search for a partner to develop a £1.5M multi-modal transport tool for South West & Mid Wales.
The plan is to explore the feasibility of all modes of transport including metro services, heavy rail, bus, road and car.
New suburban rail services such as the proposed Swansea Bay Metro are to be included as well as options for light rail transit, bus rapid transit, new stations and rail-based park and ride in the Swansea Bay City region.
New rail improvements including new stations, new lines and amended services will also be included in the plan.
Bus improvements, to be incorporated include significant bus priority, area-wide or corridor bus quality improvements, and area-wide or corridor integrated ticketing and wholesale fare changes.
Major highway infrastructure changes including new highway construction, major junction alterations, and road closures will also be included.
The model will also look into area-wide parking strategies, including whole scale changes to parking availability and charging levels, highway charging strategies and active travel schemes to reduce private car use.
TfW said the tool would be part of a suite of regional multi-modal transport models and tools to cover the whole of Wales and adjacent areas in England which have a “material impact” on transport in Wales.
Bidders have until mid-March to submit proposals with the contract expected to last for three years.
In November last year, it was announced that a £2bn funding pot was being made available for maintenance and renewals on the Wales and Borders rail network.
KeolisAmey will run the Wales and Boarders franchise as part of a £5bn contract to construct the new South Wales Metro.
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