Driving transport reform in South East Wales

The Burns Delivery Unit was established in January 2021 to accelerate implementation of the 58 recommendations of Lord Burns and the South East Wales Transport Commission (SEWTC).

The work aims to provide alternatives to journeys on the M4 and encourage the use of public transport and active travel in the region.

The Unit is resourced by Transport for Wales and overseen by a Steering Group bringing together Welsh Government, Local Authorities, Network Rail and the Department for Transport (DfT). The group is independently Chaired by Simon Gibson CBE, assisted by Dr Lynn Sloman MBE. Together, they will drive a package of transport improvement across South East Wales, by planning, leading and monitoring against all 58 Burns recommendations.

A budget of over £4 million has been approved by Welsh Government this financial year to support the Unit in progressing plans for new rail, bus and active travel infrastructure that will form a network of alternatives for the region. Other recommendations in progress include changes to network policies, encouraging travel behaviour change, transport governance, land use and planning.

The Unit are initially focusing on facilitating enhancements to the South Wales Main Line railway, and new stations along it, plus taking a hands on approach to designing options for bus and active travel corridors in and between Cardiff, Newport, and Monmouthshire, improving bus and active travel access to new, and existing, rail stations.


The Burns Delivery Board Chairs’ Annual Report:

Read more about our work in the Chairs’ Annual report which identifies some of the key achievements and ongoing challenges for the Burns Delivery Board in its first year of operation.

The Burns Delivery Board Chairs’ Annual Report


Public consultations:

Help shape our plans to improve the Severn Tunnel Junction station

We launched two Public Consultations on 1 February 2022 to gather user views on two programmes of work. Both projects will take forward recommendations from the South East Wales Transport Commission, overseen by the Burns Delivery Unit.


Severn Tunnel Junction Access

To help us shape our plans to improve access to Severn Tunnel Junction station. We consulted on several options which aim to improve access to the rail network and surrounding transport connections. This consultation closed on 11 March 2022 but you can still access further information on the website.

Severn Tunnel Junction Acccess survey


Cardiff and Newport Active Travel and Bus corridor

With your help, we hope to introduce high-quality bus and cycling routes on the A48 and NCN88 between Cardiff and Newport. All improvements will offer better opportunities to travel by bus, cycle, or foot, and reduce reliance on car trips between Cardiff and Newport. This consultation closed on 11 March 2022 but you can still access further information on the website.

Active Travel and Bus corridor


Our ambition to create an accessible, sustainable and efficient transport system that contributes to the wellbeing of future generations is at the heart of our work. Your feedback will ensure the chosen schemes meet the needs of users. 

A summary of responses will be shared here soon.