UTG chair says Transport for Wales offers ‘unique perspective’


The Urban Transport Group has announced that Transport for Wales is joining the network as an Associate Member.

Transport for Wales joins the existing 13-strong membership of transport authorities, with full Members in Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, London, Sheffield City Region, Tyne and Wear, the West Midlands and West Yorkshire, and Associate Members in Strathclyde, the West of England, Tees Valley, Nottingham and Northern Ireland.

The not-for-profit company which has been tasked with driving forward the Welsh Government’s vision for transport was established in 2016 and took over running the Wales and Borders rail service in 2018. It is investing £5bn until 2033 to improve to the frequency and quality of rail services.

“I’m pleased to welcome Transport for Wales as an Associate Member of the Urban Transport Group,” said Stephen Edwards, UTG’s chair and executive director of South Yorkshire PTE. “At a time when public transport faces increasingly tough challenges, it has never been more important for transport authorities to work together to share expertise and find the solutions to overcome them.

“Transport for Wales has a unique perspective on delivering transport services, including in the major centres of Cardiff and Swansea, and has already achieved a lot in its short history. By joining our professional network, they will add real value to our work and I look forward to collaborating closely with them.”

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