Regional transport consortium Sewta has released details of its Bus and Community Transport Strategy, aimed at delivering sustainable, accessible, safe and reliable services to meet the needs of passengers in South East Wales.
Sewta (the South East Wales Transport Alliance) co-ordinates transport strategy, plans and programmes for the 10 local councils of South East Wales. The new Bus and Community Transport Strategy will support Sewta’s broader Regional Transport Plan.
From 1 April 2013, Sewta has taken responsibility in South East Wales for administering the Welsh Government’s replacement funding scheme for bus and community transport services – the Regional Transport Services Grant (RTSG). In doing so, Sewta needs to consult with interested parties and key stakeholders, to ensure that the funding is used effectively, and that key strategic transport objectives for the network are met.
In setting the objectives, outputs and priorities for the region, Sewta proposes to incentivise and reward operators who meet or exceed specified standards of services, and to develop further regional integration in public transport service planning and delivery.
The Sewta strategy includes:
• Reliability and punctuality - Sewta will work to tackle locations on the network which suffer from adverse service reliability.
• Ticketing - Sewta will promote multi-operator and multi-modal tickets, such as Network Rider and PlusBus Tickets.
• Bus fares - Sewta will work with bus operators to achieve efficiency gains that will reduce operating costs, reducing pressure to increase fares. Sewta will also encourage provision of reduced fares for young people
• Congestion busting - Sewta supports the use of CCTV and other measures to enforce compliance with Bus Lane and Bus Stop Clearway Orders,
• Commercial bus services support – Sewta proposes that for 2014/15, a proportion of the bus services support funding will be shared by those operators that achieve higher quality standards
• Transport Network Branding - Sewta will work to establish a common branding strategy for region wide public transport.
• Environment: Sewta will investigate funding opportunities to implement a Green Bus Fund, which would help to meet the additional cost of more environmentally sustainable vehicles.
• South East Wales Metro - A commitment to ensure buses and community transport play their full role within the Sewta Metro Plus integrated transport network. Key elements include integration of ticketing, information, high quality infrastructure, and ‘turn up and go’ service frequencies. The bus and community transport network can service large areas of the region which are not accessible by rail. It is a core component of the proposals.
The consultative draft strategy can be viewed in full at:
Any comments can be made to: email@example.com. The deadline for responses is Friday 18th October 2013.
Councillor Phil White, Chair of Sewta, and Cabinet Member for Communities at Bridgend County Borough Council, said:
“The Sewta Bus and Community Transport Strategy is a document vital for the future of sustainable transport in South East Wales. I would encourage communities, organisations and businesses throughout the region to let us know what they think about the priorities and outcomes set out in the report.”
Sewta plans to publish the comments that it receives. No personal information or contact details will be published, only individuals’ names, or the name of the organisation responding. Sewta also plans to run a consultation workshop in late September.
Further information is available from: Simon Nicholls at Sewta, Maindy Centre, Crown Way, Maindy, Cardiff, CF14 3AJ, 02920 788533, or visit www.sewta.gov.uk.