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TraCC launches draft Regional Transport Plan (January 2009)

Trafnidiaeth Canolbarth Cymru (TraCC) has recently submitted its draft 'Provisional' Regional Transport Plan (RTP) to the Welsh Assembly Government.  The draft RTP seeks to tackle transport problems in Mid Wales, including providing better access to services, reducing CO2 emissions from transport and building a transport system that supports the local economy.

The TraCC 'Provisional' RTP has been prepared using Welsh Assembly Government guidance and is the result of stakeholder and public engagement so far. The RTP is still a draft document and TraCC welcomes comments on this latest draft.  A final RTP is to be submitted by the end of September 2009 and will be effective from April 2010.

The draft RTP and is a bidding document for capital investment in the Mid Wales transport system includes a draft Five Year Programme to start in April 2010.  TraCC is seeking additional funding for rail and Trunk Road improvements through the Welsh Assembly Government's National Transport Plan.  TraCC Chairman, Cllr Ray Quant warns however that

"The TraCC RTP will only be able to make much-needed improvements to transport in Mid Wales if the Welsh Assembly Government supports the levels of Capital investment set out in the TraCC Programme and provides more Revenue funding to allow Mid Wales local authorities to run more buses, support community transport and  maintain roads, footways and streetlighting".

In addition to providing the Assembly Government with the latest draft of its Regional Transport Plan, TraCC has submitted bids for RTP preparatory work to allow TraCC to present business cases for new and better rail and bus services and to improve walking and cycling opportunities in Mid Wales.  TraCC is also seeking funding to strengthen the capacity of the Consortium to deliver its RTP and to bring funding in line with that which is provided to the other regional consortia in Wales.

More information and copies of the latest draft RTP and other documents will shortly be available on the TraCC website www.tracc.gov.uk, by emailing enquiries@tracc.gov.uk, by calling 01970 633539 or writing to TraCC at 31 Bridge Street, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1QB.

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Trafnidiaeth Canolbarth Cymru (TraCC)

TraCC is one of four Welsh local authority regional transport consortia and is  the Regional Transport Consortium for Mid Wales.  TraCC is a partnership between the three Mid Wales local authorities – Ceredigion, Gwynedd and Powys.  TraCC is established as a Joint Committee with a Board under the relevant local government legislation and is currently chaired by County Councillor Ray Quant, Member for Borth, Ceredigion.

For more information, visit the TraCC website: www.tracc.gov.uk, email: enquiries@tracc.gov.uk, call 01970 633539 or write to: TraCC Office, 31 Bridge Street, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1QB.