3 March 2021
RMT Press Office:
RMT welcomes committee’s call for Welsh Government to publish recovery plan for public transport.
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today welcomed a report from the Welsh Parliament’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee which called for the Welsh Government to publish a plan that can rebuild public transport.
The report, which took both written and oral evidence from the union, called for the Welsh government to bring forward a plan based on understanding and responding to passengers’ needs, introducing new services and reforming fares and activity aimed at reassuring people that public transport is safe. The report also recognises the need to ‘move away from traditional demand-led’ and ‘forecast-led’ planning based on old assumptions.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“It’s good to see the Committee come out with strong support for new thinking on public transport.
“We supported the Welsh government’s actions in taking the Wales and Borders franchise into public ownership and insourcing its cleaners and we want to see the government bring forward a plan that recognises that the days of treating passengers as a cash cow for private companies are over.
“That means building a rail and bus system with passengers and staff not profits at its heart”.