Wales' first ever bus summit held at the Catrin Finch Centre
On Monday 23rd January Wales' first ever bus summit was held at the Catrin Finch Centre to discuss how best to improve services. The summit discussed how more bus passengers are needed to ensure the long term future of Wales' bus industry. The industry is worth about £80m a year to the economy, employs about 4,000 workers, with 105 million journeys taken in Wales each year.
Economy Secretary Ken Skates who attended the meeting said 2016 had been a mixed year with the demise of some service providers and some communities had been left vulnerable. Mr Skates added more young people should be encouraged to travel by bus, and services must work for both rural and urban areas. Passengers and transport providers attended Monday's summit, which was one of five steps the Welsh Government recommended to strengthen the industry.
Over 170 people attended the summit and it was great to see a selection of local buses lined up outside the Catrin Finch Centre.
ITV news reported from the Conference: