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ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE TO REVIEW PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN WALES

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A major review of public transport in Wales is to be launched by the assembly's local government and environment co...
A major review of public transport in Wales is to be launched by the assembly's local government and environment committee.

Sue Essex, chair of the committee, said: 'Delivering a first class public transport system for Wales is one of our top priorities. A properly integrated bus and rail service is vital both for economic development and for making life easier for the travelling public.

'Over the next few months we will be looking at ways of improving bus and rail services across Wales. We will be seeking the views of a wide range of organisations involved with transport, with a view to building on the transport legacy inherited by the assembly.'

The committee intends to seek the views of a wide range of organisations, including operators, regulatory bodies and user groups, as part of this review. It also plans to appoint an expert adviser to assist with the review.

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The terms of reference for the review are:

To consider the assembly's public transport policies (covering bus, rail and community transport services) and to identify any short-term changes within the existing statutory, regulatory and organisational framework which would facilitate the delivery of improved services.

To consider whether any longer-term changes to the statutory, regulatory and organisational framework relating to public transport would facilitate the delivery of improved services.

2. The review is scheduled to take place from March to June. Information on the matters to be considered will be provided by assembly officials, as well as outside bodies submitting their views and meeting with the committee.

3. The committee is appointing an expert adviser, with expertise in public transport policy and provision, to assist with the review and with writing the report. This appointment will be made by fair and open competition. Expressions of interest in the post have been invited by 29 February.

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