Policy for Public Passenger Transport
To contribute to Corporate, Community Plan, Local
Transport Plan and Welsh Assembly Government
aims of improving public transport and access to it, and reducing
car dependency and pollution. The Council will:-
- Play a full
and active part in the South West Wales Integrated Transport
Consortium of local authorities (SWWITCH) to support the
improvement of public transport services in the region.
- Implement the SWWITCH Regional Public Transport Strategy, and
the Council’s associated Local Authority Bus Strategy.
- Ensure that Public Passenger Transport issues are fully
considered by the Community Plan Local Transport Forum.
- Subsidise socially necessary bus services in accordance with
criteria based on value for money, accessibility, integration with
other modes and safety.
- On subsidised local bus services keep fare levels as close as
possible to those on similar commercially provided journeys and set
standards for return and child fares which bus operators will be
encouraged to apply on their commercial services.
- Encourage the introduction of ticketing arrangements which make
it easy to make journeys involving more than one bus, different
operators, and/or different modes of transport.
- In partnership with the other SWWITCH authorities, operate, a
concessionary fare scheme which offers free travel, or other such
concession rate as may be determined by the Welsh Assembly
Government, on local bus services for all elderly and disabled
residents, or other such groups of people as may be determined by
the Welsh Assembly Government.
- Improve facilities at bus stops in accordance with a
prioritised programme. This could include shelters, raised boarding
points, information and dropped kerbs.
- Promote public transport services and awareness of their
social, economic and environmental benefits.
- Take measures to assist the free movement of buses.
- Investigate potential benefits and seek to develop Statutory
- Support the development and operation of community businesses
and volunteer based community transport schemes to provide public
transport for those unable to access conventional public transport
- Seek coordination, where possible, between local bus services,
school transport services, Social Services transport and community
transport services to make best use of the available
- Promote and develop initiatives to support passenger rail
services and encourage greater use.
This policy has cross cutting themes, and complements and links
with the following Corporate
Supporting the disadvantaged and improving the quality of
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