Policy Forum for Wales

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Transport policy in Wales - infrastructure priorities, bus and rail services, and promoting active travel

September 2019

This seminar examined the next steps for transport policy in Wales.

Delegates considered priorities for policy in light of the Public Transport (Wales) Bill, the Wales Transport Strategy (WTS), the newly established National Infrastructure Commission for Wales, an expert commission being launched to look at alternative solutions to traffic problems on the M4 around Newport, and a recent £1bn ‘vision’ for transport in Cardiff.

Overall, sessions included:

  • Access to Wales - what’s next following the M4 relief road decision;
  • Bus and rail - policy developments affecting the future of the public transport network;
  • Funding and delivery - for major transport projects; and
  • Active Travel - next steps for its promotion and development.

Delegates discussed the future for the public transport network - including the approach being taken by TfW to drive forward the Welsh Government’s vision for transport, the delivery of an integrated transport and sustainable network, and funding and delivering major infrastructure projects.

Those attending looked at whether measures proposed by the Welsh Government might succeed in facilitating co-ordination between councils and bus operators so as to provide services which fit the needs of communities.

Delegates discussed progress and the next steps for projects to increase capacity on Network Rail’s Wales route such as the electrification of the mainline to Cardiff and resignalling.

Those attending discussed tackling road congestion, and alternative options - as the expert commission begins its work and as the Welsh Government implements a series of ‘fast tracked and targeted interventions’ to alleviate congestion in South Wales.

Delegates also considered how to deliver a sustainable integrated transport network in order to drive a shift away from private car usage as well as examining the progress that has been made in delivering active travel infrastructure.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates