£1 million for demand responsive bus trials in Wales

Four pilot projects to test different forms of demand responsive bus travel across Wales has been announced, with up to £1 million of funding.

Two of the four trials will take place in North Wales, with the other two in West Wales and in the Valleys Taskforce area.

Transport Minister Ken Skates said: "This £1 million of funding will help us test four different models of demand responsive transport on the bus network with a view to taking what works into obtaining a much bigger prize – the development of a truly integrated public transport network that is there when people genuinely need it – for work, for play or to access important services.

"It’s an unacceptable fact that in places such as the Mersey Dee Region, one in five people cannot get to job interviews because of an absence of affordable public transport. One in five people locked out of work, because they don’t have the luxury of owning a car."

The results of the trials will be analysed and will help inform the development of demand responsive travel over the next few years.

The schemes will provide important information and insight for rolling out integrated responsive services to the rest of Wales. Further information on the pilot projects will be made once arrangements have been finalised with local authorities and operators.

The funding is part of the £24 million of Local Transport Fund due to be announced shortly.

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