Responding to the Welsh Government’s statement on the future of local bus services, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport, Russell George AM said:

 

“Local bus services have sadly suffered due to a lack of long-term stability in funding and support from the Welsh Government and it is crucial this is put in place to ensure the industry can plan ahead with clarity and confidence.

 

“Historically, there have also been significant late payments to bus operators which causes problems for smaller, independent firms in particular and the Welsh Government must crackdown on this issue.

 

“To establish thriving local bus services we need to deliver a reliable and integrated public transport system which people can rely on, particularly in our more rural communities across Wales.

 

“Moving forward, it is imperative plans brought forward by the Welsh Government involve constructive participation with local authorities, operators and the industry to ensure they deliver the successful bus network we’d all hope to see.”

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