Transport for Wales (TfW) has launched the new ‘Wales on Rails’ project encouraging more people to travel around Wales by rail.
The new project is jointly funded by TfW’s Community Rail Partnerships and Visit Wales to encourage people to use more sustainable modes of travel.
The new initiative promotes the use of public transport as a way of travelling sustainably around Wales.
Passengers can use the Wales on Rails website to plan their trip around Wales and choose from various tourist attractions.
Minister of the Economy, Vaughan Gething spoke on the benefits of the new initiative from TfW.
Mr Gething said: “This is an excellent partnership which encourages safe, sustainable, and scenic adventures around Wales.
“[The initiative] showcases the wealth of experiences that are accessible by public transport.
“This new initiative makes it easier for people to plan their trips – while also using sustainable modes of transport.”
The new sustainable travel project is set to be managed by the Great Little Trains of Wales partnership.
Great Little Trains of Wales is a partnership which promotes the 12 heritage railways in Wales and is supported by 5 Community Rail Partnerships.
James Price, TfW CEO commented on the social and economic benefits the initiative will bring.
Mr Price said: “Wales on Rails brings together our Wales and Borders rail network [and] 12 heritage and steam railways.
“[It offers] people the chance to use this sustainable transport network to travel around the country to a range of tourist attractions.
“It’s not only a safe and sustainable way to travel around Wales but the journeys themselves are a major part of the attraction.
“Some of our rail routes are the most scenic in the world.
“This project is another example of the importance of our Community Rail Partnerships at TfW.
“[The project shows] how they are working collaboratively to bring social and economic benefits to the communities we serve.”
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