Developing the Swansea Bay and West Wales Metro

The Swansea Bay and West Wales Metro is in the early stages of development. Our aim is that it'll transform the opportunities for travel and connectivity across the South West Wales Region. 

We’re currently undertaking studies in conjunction with the Welsh Government and local authorities to develop plans for this ambitious scheme which will provide better connectivity within South West Wales. We’re also looking at the potential for faster services between West and South Wales. We'll work with a range of partners to change the way that transport is provided in the region, boosting the local economy and providing better access to job and leisure opportunities.

 

Building the Swansea Bay and West Wales Metro

We’re developing a range of new projects to improve transport connectivity and services in Swansea Bay and West Wales. This includes:

  • Faster rail journeys to Swansea, Carmarthen and Milford Haven; improving line speeds and looking at different route options
  • More frequent rail services across the network
  • The introduction of new lines and services in the Swansea Bay Area; providing greater connectivity and new opportunities for rail travel
  • Working with local Government and public transport operators to improve the speed and reliability of bus journeys; improving passenger waiting facilities, bus lanes, and intelligent traffic signals to help reduce journey times
  • Trialing the use of hydrogen buses in Swansea Bay and Pembrokeshire; reducing environmental impact with a more sustainable approach to public transport
     

Improving connectivity 

We’re working with our partners to make the use of public transport seamless and less confusing for all. This includes: 

  • Timetable integration - bus and rail timetables will work together so that you can rely on the bus to get you to the railway station on time for your onward travel
  • Active travel – railway and bus stations will cater for pedestrian and cycle travel so that you can benefit from safe onward travel routes and good facilities at stations
  • Ticket integration – tickets for public transport will be less complex, with the ultimate aim of creating one single platform for tickets, which will include multiple journeys on one ticket, incorporating bus and rail travel, and guarantee you the best possible fare option at the time of your travel

 

Progress update 

We’re continuing to focus on the recovery of our rail timetable to pre-Covid levels. Services will increase to 100% by May 2022. We hope to exceed the pre-Covid service levels in December 2022. 

We’re also beginning work with local Government and public transport operators to understand what role hydrogen fuel cell vehicles could play in improving public transport vehicles and we’re making good progress with electric buses. The Aberystwyth to Carmarthen TrawsCymru T1 bus route will soon begin to use electric-powered buses.

 

Swansea Bay and West Wales Metro: Future developments

 


A number of South Wales Metro projects have been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.