TrawsCymru 5 March 2010


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TrawsCymru 5 March 2010

  1. 1. Connecting People Connecting Places Presentation by David Hall, Traws Cambria Network Manager, Welsh Assembly Government.
  2. 2. Traws Cambria – “What’s in a name?” • Limited stop longer distance coach services across Wales originally operated by former National Bus Co. subsidiaries (Crosville and National Welsh); • However network very limited.
  3. 3. Where are we now?
  4. 4. A group of 5 services Based on the following corridors:- • X32 Bangor – Aberystwyth; • X40 Aberystwyth - Carmarthen – Cardiff; • X50 / 550 Aberystwyth – Aberaeron – Cardigan; • X94 Wrexham – Barmouth; • X43/ 704 Cardiff – Merthyr Tydfil / Brecon - Newtown
  5. 5. Current Network Characteristics (1) • Much of the existing network funded by Welsh Assembly Government; • Existing network of services delivered through contracts between:- – 7 local authorities (Carmarthenshire CC, Ceredigion CC, Denbighshire CC, Gwynedd CC, Flintshire CC, Pembrokeshire CC); – 7 bus / coach operators (Arriva Buses Cymru, Stagecoach Buses in Wales, GHA, Express Motors Ltd, Lloyds, Richard Brothers and Six Sixty Coaches; – Total annual public subsidy for the TrawsCambria network is currently £720,248.
  6. 6. Current Network Characteristics (2) • Welsh Assembly Government has funded 22 new low floor vehicles across the TrawsCambria network. • Only commercially operated sections of the TrawsCambria network are:- – Aberystwyth – Aberaeron; – Bangor – Caernarfon; and – Carmarthen – Cardiff.
  7. 7. Issues to Address • Services not operated as a single easily identifiable national network (e.g. no common branding, route numbering and through ticketing arrangements); • Service quality varies across routes, and restrictive timetables in some cases (especially poor evening and Sunday services); • Connections and interchange between network services and with the rail network not always possible or easy; and • Current vehicle mix not best suited to promoting medium and longer distance services.
  8. 8. Moving Forwards • TrawsCambria network features as a key element of the National Transport Plan for Wales, business plan to be produced in 2011; • TrawsCambria Strategic Management Advisory Board has been established to advise Welsh Assembly Government on further network improvements; and • Welsh Assembly Government has appointed a new TrawsCambria Network Manager.
  9. 9. TrawsCambria Board Update • Recommended to Ministers that:- – The network be renamed and rebranded “TrawsCymru”; – Significant timetable network changes be restricted to 2 dates per year (May and December) to align with national rail timetable change dates; and – Examining future vehicle options for the network.
  10. 10. New Strategic Vision “TrawsCymru should signify a network of high quality and fully integrated longer distance coach style services linking key settlements and communities across Wales. The Welsh Assembly Government and the TrawsCymru Strategic Management Advisory Board have committed to further develop the network over the next five years to provide a very attractive, modern, accessible and more sustainable network of services which puts passengers at the heart of its operations.”
  11. 11. TrawsCymru Core Brand Values • A coherent and readily identifiable network of longer distance services, linking centres not directly served by the rail network in Wales; • High Quality services, accessible and comfortable vehicles and facilities; • Offer consistent timetable across network with good connections between services and rail network at key interchange points.
  12. 12. Proposals for 2010 • TrawsCambria Strategic Management Advisory Board working up proposals to:- – Introduce new north-south direct coach style services between north and south Wales via Aberystwyth; – Improvements to frequencies of service X32 between Aberystwyth and Bangor; – Reduce journey times on service X40 between Aberystwyth and Carmarthen; – Improve quality of vehicles used on the service X32; – Better connections to the network; and – Introduce ‘national’ marketing campaign to promote ‘TrawsCambria’ services across Wales including relaunch of web site.
  13. 13. Raising the on board experience • New Fresh Exteriors
  14. 14. Raising the on board experience • New Fresh Interiors
  15. 15. Priorities for TrawsCymru for North Wales
  16. 16. Proposals for North Wales • Ideas received to date:- – Improve capacity of existing service X94 Wrexham – Barmouth; – Better connections between Oakley Arms (Service X32) and Blaenau Ffestiniog (onward destinations in Conwy Valley); – Extend network to serve Isle of Anglesey; – Re-instate frequency (one journey every 2 hours) between Bangor and Aberystwyth; and – Introduce additional evening journeys – Bangor to Aberystwyth.