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TraCC Board

At the Board meeting of 4th June 2010, Trafnidiaeth Canolbarth Cymru (TraCC) County Councillor Trevor Roberts (Barmouth, Gwynedd) was elected as Chair, taking over from County Councillor Ray Quant (Borth, Ceredigion). County Councillor Geraint Hopkins (Gwernyfed, Powys) was elected as Vice Chair.  Both will serve for a period of two years.

Trafnidiaeth Canolbarth Cymru (TraCC) is the local authority regional transport partnership for Mid Wales (Ceredigion, Powys and the Meirionnydd district of Gwynedd).  Following publication of its first Regional Transport Plan (RTP) in September 2009, TraCC and its local authorities are working together on a number of schemes and projects funded through the RTP Capital Programme.  These include:

  • Improvements to rail and bus interchange facilities across Mid Wales;
  • New and improved walking and cycling routes across Mid Wales;
  • Grant to Community Transport operators to help run new or improved services;
  • Contribution to design work to provide a new rail and road bridge at Pont Briwet, Penrhyndeudraeth;
  • Contribution to Cei Dev to deliver the New Quay Road Train project;
  • Funding to assist TraCC local authorities in developing new schemes and for TraCC to undertake monitoring and research work; and
  • Programme of sustainable travel initiatives across Mid Wales.

For more information see: TraCC Board, email: enquiries@tracc.gov.uk or telephone: 01970 633431. 

TraCC Regional Transport Plan (RTP)

Trafnidiaeth Canolbarth Cymru (TraCC) submitted its first Regional Transport Plan (RTP) to the Welsh Assembly Government in September 2009.  The RTP was prepared in accordance with Assembly Government guidance and is the product of extensive consultation, listening to the views and ideas of stakeholders, partners and the public.

Trafnidiaeth Canolbarth Cymru (TraCC) is the local authority Regional Transport Consortium for the Mid Wales Region and is a partnership between the three Mid Wales local authorities of Ceredigion, Gwynedd and Powys.  The RTP is a statutory plan which sets out an integrated and sustainable transport strategy for Mid Wales and is a bidding document to Government with a Five Year Programme for Capital investment to commence in April 2010.   

The TraCC RTP was approved by the Minister for Economy and Transport in December 2009 and following submission of the Capital programme for 2010/11, the Chair of TraCC, County Councilllor Ray Quant, has received confirmation of the availability of funding up to £3.014 Million. This settlement represents a 13.7% share for TraCC of the funding made available to the four regional transport partnerships in Wales for their RTPs.

The Capital funding will allow the three Mid Wales local authorities to progress a number of important schemes and projects that will deliver integrated, sustainable and healthier forms of transport and travel.  Projects approved for funding by the Minister include improvements to waiting and interchange facilities at the bus and rail stations in Aberystwyth, new cycle and walking  routes and cycle parking facilities at a number of locations across Mid Wales, design and preparatory work to replace the existing Pont Briwet road and rail bridge at Penrhyndeudraeth, a Community Transport Capital Enhancement Grant Programme, regional promotion of sustainable travel and preparatory work for projects to go ahead in 2011/12 and beyond.

County Councillor Ray Quant, TraCC Chair welcomed the announcement ‘This is very good and welcome news for all of us here in Mid Wales and is a reward for the hard work that has gone on within TraCC and by a number of stakeholders and partners in support of TraCC. This is on top of other exciting news about the designation of Aberystwyth as a Sustainable Travel Centre and other announcements regarding funding for Safe Routes in Communities and local bus services.’

TraCC organised a meeting of its Regional Transport Stakeholder Forum on 16th April in Aberystwyth to share the good news with a broad cross-section of key stakeholders and interested parties and to hear presentations on the development of a first TraCC Rail Strategy and passenger transport interchanges, Aberystwyth Sustainable Travel Centre, community transport and Assembly Government future plans for the TrawsCambria longer distance bus and coach network. 

Availability of the TraCC RTP

The TraCC RTP and accompanying documents are available to download and print by clicking on the links below.

A copy of the documents is available on CD at no cost from the TraCC Office.  Printed and bound hard copies of the Regional Transport Plan and Appendices (only) are available at a cost of £5.00 each (i.e £10.00 for a copy of the RTP and its accompanying Appendices).  Please provide payment in advance with cheques made out to 'TraCC RTP' and send to: TraCC Office, Canolfan Rheidol, Rhoddfa Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3UE.  

A copy of the documents will be made available on CD at no cost from the TraCC Office.  Printed and bound hard copies of the Regional Transport Plan and Appendices document (only) are available at £5.00 per copy.

Large Print and Audio versions of documents available on request.

Executive Summary

Information Leaflet

TraCC Regional Transport Plan

Additional Funding for Vital Community Transport Services in Mid Wales

Press Release (April 2010) 

The Community Transport Association (CTA Wales), working in partnership with TraCC, the local authority Regional Transport Consortium for Mid Wales, and the Ceredigion and Powys Associations of Voluntary Organisations, has been successful in ensuring that £100,000 of additional funding will be made available to local community transport operators in Mid Wales during 2010-11.

The money forms part of the capital funding settlement made available by the Welsh Assembly Government to improve integrated and accessible transport in Mid Wales and is in support of the bid made by TraCC in its Regional Transport Plan (RTP).

The Community Transport Capital Enhancement Grant will be made available to operators on a 75% funding rate in this first year, and will be available for the purchase of new or second hand vehicles, vehicle adaptations, transport software and other capital items. Operators must be able to demonstrate that they are running schemes of community and social benefit on a not-for-profit basis, on a section 19 or 22 permit and which support the aims and objectives of the TraCC RTP and Assembly Government National Transport Plan.

Application forms and guidance notes are available from CAVO, PAVO, and Cyngor Gwynedd (for Meirionydd based operators only), and should be returned by 31 May.

Betsan Caldwell, CTA Director for Wales said "I am very pleased that TraCC’s Regional Transport Plan recognises the important role of CT in the area and has agreed to provide much needed capital funding for CT operators in Mid Wales. CTA Wales has been working with all four Consortia across Wales over the last few years to try to ensure that similar funding will be available in the other regions as well."

Chris Wilson, TraCC Co-ordinator added "The three Mid Wales local authorities continue to recognise the important role that Community Transport can fulfil alongside more conventional passenger transport services in rural parts of Wales. This is necessary to improve sustainable access to vital services and opportunities for all. TraCC is very pleased to be able to offer this additional funding and to work in partnership with the CTA Wales and voluntary sector."

CT Officers Rod Bowen in CAVO, Sarah Leyland-Jones in PAVO and Malcolm Cowtan in Cyngor Gwynedd will be providing support to potential applicants in their respective areas, to ensure that local bids are eligible and align with the vision of the TraCC RTP. Operators should contact one of these organisations for assistance in the first instance.

For further information please contact Betsan Caldwell on 01792 844290 or betsan@ctauk.org or Chris Wilson on 01970 633431 or chris.wilson@tracc.gov.uk.

TraCC Capital Allocation 2010-11

Press Release (April 2010)

Trafnidiaeth Canolbarth Cymru (TraCC) submitted its first Regional Transport Plan (RTP) to the Welsh Assembly Government in September 2009.  The RTP was prepared in accordance with Assembly Government guidance and is the product of extensive consultation, listening to the views and ideas of stakeholders, partners and the public.

Trafnidiaeth Canolbarth Cymru (TraCC) is the local authority Regional Transport Consortium for the Mid Wales Region and is a partnership between the three Mid Wales local authorities of Ceredigion, Gwynedd and Powys.  The RTP is a statutory plan which sets out an integrated and sustainable transport strategy for Mid Wales and is a bidding document to Government with a Five Year Programme for Capital investment to commence in April 2010.   

The TraCC RTP was approved by the Minister for Economy and Transport in December 2009 and following submission of the Capital programme for 2010/11, the Chair of TraCC, County Councilllor Ray Quant, has received confirmation of the availability of funding up to £3.014 Million. This settlement represents a 13.7% share for TraCC of the funding made available to the four regional transport partnerships in Wales for their RTPs.

The Capital funding will allow the three Mid Wales local authorities to progress a number of important schemes and projects that will deliver integrated, sustainable and healthier forms of transport and travel.  Projects approved for funding by the Minister include improvements to waiting and interchange facilities at the bus and rail stations in Aberystwyth, new cycle and walking  routes and cycle parking facilities at a number of locations across Mid Wales, design and preparatory work to replace the existing Pont Briwet road and rail bridge at Penrhyndeudraeth, a Community Transport Capital Enhancement Grant Programme, regional promotion of sustainable travel and preparatory work for projects to go ahead in 2011/12 and beyond.

County Councillor Ray Quant, TraCC Chair welcomed the announcement ‘This is very good and welcome news for all of us here in Mid Wales and is a reward for the hard work that has gone on within TraCC and by a number of stakeholders and partners in support of TraCC. This is on top of other exciting news about the designation of Aberystwyth as a Sustainable Travel Centre and other announcements regarding funding for Safe Routes in Communities and local bus services.’

TraCC organised a meeting of its Regional Transport Stakeholder Forum on 16th April in Aberystwyth to share the good news with a broad cross-section of key stakeholders and interested parties and to hear presentations on the development of a first TraCC Rail Strategy and passenger transport interchanges, Aberystwyth Sustainable Travel Centre, community transport and Assembly Government future plans for the TrawsCambria longer distance bus and coach network. 

TraCC Regional Transport Plan

Press Release (October 2009)

Attachment: TraCC Board Members presenting copies of the RTP to Elin Jones AM, Mick Bates AM and Lisa Francis.

Trafnidiaeth Canolbarth Cymru (TraCC) has submitted its first Regional Transport Plan (RTP) to the Welsh Assembly Government.  The RTP was prepared in accordance with Assembly Government guidance and is the product of extensive consultation, listening to the views and ideas of stakeholders, partners and the public.

The TraCC Board recently met with Assembly Members to present the contents of the RTP and raise awareness of key issues such as the availability of funding required from Government to allow the TraCC local authorities to deliver the RTP Five Year Programme.

The RTP is a statutory plan which sets out an integrated and sustainable transport strategy for Mid Wales and is a bidding document to Government with a Five Year Programme for Capital investment to commence in April 2010.  The three levels of Programme that TraCC was required to include in its RTP varies from the 'do minimum' programme totalling £55 million over five years to a 'step change' programme requiring £100 million.

TraCC is seeking £9 million in 2010/11 with the largest sum (£5.58 million) required to complete the Ceredigion Southern Link Road Scheme (a Transport Grant committed scheme) but also to carry out passenger transport enhancements (£625,000), sustainable transport initiatives and accessibility improvements (£1.23 million) and forward planning and forward planning and programme management (£270,000).  

TraCC Chairman, County Councillor Ray Quant warns that 'The TraCC RTP will only be able to make much needed improvements to transport in Mid Wales if the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Assembly Government support the levels of investment set out in the RTP Capital Programme. A better Revenue funding settlement is also needed for rural Mid Wales to allow the local authorities to run more buses, support community transport and maintain their roads, footways, cycleways and streetlighting.'

It is expected that a decision by the Assembly Government regarding the amount of funding to be made available to TraCC will be made in January 2010.   The Assembly Government has also launched its own National Transport Plan for public consultation, setting out its proposals for improving Trunk Roads and Rail.