NDM7880 - Member DebatesTabled on 10/01/2022 | For debate on 26/01/2022
To propose that the Senedd:
1. Notes that 101 million bus journeys were undertaken in Wales in 2018/19, compared to 129 million in 2004/05.
2. Further notes that 23 per cent of people in Wales do not have access to a car or van.
3. Recognises that public transport is essential in rural Wales to prevent isolation and loneliness.
4. Calls on the Welsh Government to:
a) provide sustainable long-term funding for local authorities to enhance rural bus services;
b) ensure rural councils receive a fair share of future investment for public transport and active travel schemes;
c) guarantee the National Bus Strategy for Wales considers the unique challenges of public transport in rural Wales.
d) prioritise investing in zero-emissions public transport vehicles in rural areas.
Add as new point at end of motion:
Recognises the damage done by the privatisation of bus services in the 1980s and calls upon the Welsh Government to bring forward forward legislation to re-regulate bus services as a matter of urgency in this Senedd.