As the 2021 Senedd election approaches, the coach industry in Wales has set out its plan for an ambitious recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, including grants to help tours get underway as soon as next month and kick start the Welsh tourism economy.
Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), a body representing UK coach and bus operators has outlined it’s proposals to capitalise on lockdown restrictions gradually easing.
A survey by Visit Britain in March showed that a majority of UK residents are planning a domestic break between now and September. CPT hope that coach travel can help fulfil those plans while relieving the traffic pressure on tourist hotspots from Cardiff Bay to Snowdonia.
The trade body says coach operators face numerous challenges in getting back up and running including an unclear timetable for the easing of restrictions and a lack of funding to invest in new products and services. Despite this, they say coaches offer a sustainable way to grow the Welsh economy, supporting tourism, helping our children to get to school safely and leading Wales’ contribution to a cleaner, greener transport system by getting people out of their cars.
As Wales goes to the polls, CPT Cymru’s is urging all election candidates that with the right support the coach industry can recover and grow.
Their plan Backing Wales’ Coaches calls for:
- A £7.5m grant-based scheme to support Welsh operators to get up and running. Similar schemes are already available in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
- Developing the coach offer as a key component of Wales’ tourism strategy
- A national clean air fund to help coach operators to invest in new vehicles or retrofit older ones.
CPT Cymru Director Joshua Miles said: “As the people of Wales go to the polls to elect the next Welsh Government, we’re calling for an ambitious agenda that looks to not only help the coach sector recover, but to prosper and grow in the years ahead.
“Like many other sectors, the coach industry has suffered much during the pandemic, with 8 in 10 UK coach operators seeing a 50% reduction in turnover. Indeed, for some operators this has placed their entire future in doubt, with 2 in 10 operators reporting 90% reductions in turnover.
“Along with uncertainty around when the sector will fully reopen in Wales, this has placed enormous strain on coach operators. However, we know there is an appetite for recovery and growth as enquiries begin to pick up for the summer.
“All candidates in the election should be clear that they can make a positive difference to the people of Wales by supporting coach travel in the next Welsh Parliament which will help protect and generate jobs across Wales as we recover from the pandemic.
“Passengers are keen to return but are looking for reassurance that it is safe to do so. We need to see a coordinated effort to restore confidence in coach travel and the next Welsh Government, alongside the industry, must champion its benefits to places, attractions and customers.”
Tempo the key for Duff as Swans prepare to face Huddersfield
New project to bring empty shop units back into use
Mount Pleasant shoplifter jailed after assaulting security guard
Wholesale changes for Ospreys for Benetton clash
‘I can never live a normal life after being stalked’ – Brave women speaks out about domestic violence in new Police campaign
More homes developed in former council buildings in Swansea
Carmarthenshire GB Taekwondo star hopes Manchester Grand Prix can help inspire more people to pick up the sport
Swansea nurses meet King Charles during royal appointment
Llanelli politicians back alternative steel proposals as unions warn Tata’s current plans would mean closure of Trostre plant
Thieves target local cemeteries and disrupt water supplies
Popular Swansea pub set for grand re-opening after £279,000 makeover
New light being shone on popular seafront promenade
Funding boost for Mumbles women’s fashion shop
Work completed on River Tawe pontoon
Aldi Fforestfach celebrates grand opening with help from Paralympian
Specsavers to invest more than £400,000 in new Mumbles store
Castle Square transformation takes new step
Free buses returning to Swansea for the festive period
Plans submitted for sustainable aviation fuel plant in Port Talbot
Will Pepper’s Christmas wish come true after 800 days waiting for a home?
Money2 days ago
Morriston receives banking hub following community request
Carmarthen3 days ago
Council agrees sale of sprawling former asylum in Carmarthen
South Wales Police3 days ago
Three arrests after Mount Pleasant home attacked with ‘weapons’
Bridgend4 days ago
Independent pharmacy chain pick up former Lloyds pharmacy branches
Neath3 days ago
New look for Victoria Gardens children’s play area is completed
Business4 days ago
Swansea-based housing association enters into merger discussions with Rhondda organisation
Business2 days ago
Revamped H Samuel shop shines bright in Swansea’s Quadrant Shopping Centre
Rugby3 days ago
An evening of entertainment with Dan Biggar coming to Swansea