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Welsh give thumbs down to buses and trains

Public transport in Wales needs more investment to lure people out of their cars, according to ICE Wales director Keith Jones.

Jones was responding to the publication of the ICE’s State of the Nation − Defending Critical Infrastructure’ report and a story in the press that suggested the country’s commuters were turning to cars because of poor public transport.

“Travelling from the east to the west − in both the north and the south − is fine. But north to south is very difficult.”

Keith Jones, ICE Wales

He endorsed the decision to electrify the Great Western line from London to Swansea but said it would not help solve the bigger problem for travelling around Wales, for which there was no immediate solution − travelling from north to south Wales.

“Travelling from the east to the west − in both the north and the south − is fine,” said Jones. “But north to south is very difficult.”

He added that improvements needed to be made to critical infrastructure − in particular the Severn Rail Tunnel, which is old and vulnerable to flooding and requires regular repair.

  • NCE puts integrated transport in Wales to the test in the next issue.

Readers' comments (1)

  • i have just read the article in NCE 06.08.09, all i can say is the writer was obviously English. i am proud to come from west wales in a fairly rural area and yes the buses and trains are not the best, but if you compared us to scotland or cornwall i'm 100% positve (but would love to be proved wrong), that if you went somewhere as out of the way as that you'd come to the same conclusion. where i'm from it's an hours drive in all 3 directions (i lived on the coast) to the nearest train station or min 2hours in the bus but the main roads all have bus stops in multiple times in each village, if you lived out from the village that is your choice and you should have expected to have to walk or drive, which should have been expected. if a bus serviced every lane in britain it would take even longer to get somewhere. (oh and the main buses run every hour and local ones even better). but in honesty as soon as i could get a car i did. Wales/scotland/even england you don't move to the countryside to commute to the city without expecting to use a car for at least some of the journey, if you did you should reconsider your job.

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