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Bus and Rail Strategies

These reports provide the policy and strategies for bus and rail travel within the City & County of Swansea and South West Wales.


Produced by the former South West Wales Integrated Transport Consortium (SWWITCH), the Regional Transport Consortium (RTC) for South West Wales covering the four local authorities of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

This document follows the Welsh Government's decision, in January 2013, to replace the previous funding arrangements; the Bus Services Operators' Grant (BSOG), Local Transport Services Grant (LTSG) and Community Transport Concessionary Fares Initiative (CTCFI), with a single funding scheme known as the Regional Transport Services Grant (RTSG).

The Welsh Government intends that these new bus funding arrangements will help tackle deprivation and support independent living across Wales by rewarding private companies that deliver measurable targets that passengers most wish to see rather than compensating bus operators on the basis of fuel consumption.'


The Regional Rail Strategy was developed in partnership by the four Councils in South West Wales, to provide a recommended policy and strategy for the improvement of rail services across the region. Whilst rail is a matter which is devolved to the Department for Transport and the Welsh Government and its operation and development is the responsibility of Network Rail, this strategy is intended to provide the recommended strategy from the point of view of the Local Authorities.

The strategy was developed by a transport consultancy which specialises in rail planning, and the recommendations and conclusions of the report have been used to lobby Network Rail in the preparation of their plans for the regional network. A copy of the Regional Rail Strategy can be accessed from the downloads section below.

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