Impacts of congestion on the bus industry in Wales

The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee will undertake a short inquiry into the impact of congestion on the bus industry.



The impact of congestion on the bus industry was discussed at length during Wales' first bus summit held in January 2017 and is an issue of concern for bus operators. Its impact on operators was discussed in the context of significant recent declines in both passenger numbers and services in Wales.  Registered bus services in Wales declined by approximately 46%, from 1,943 services to 1,058 between March 2005 and March 2015.  The number of bus passenger journeys declined by about 19% between 2008 and 2015.


The Committee is looking at the following issues:

  • How does congestion affect the bus sector in Wales and how does this compare to other parts of the UK?
  • How should policy be improved to address the impact of congestion on the bus sector?
  • Whether congestion has an impact on the need for public subsidy of bus services in Wales?

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 19/04/2017