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.