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‘Wales on Rails’ encourages sustainable tourism and travel

Wales community rail officers & Vaughan Gething MS (Minister for the Economy) outside Cardiff Central Station

A new tourism project has launched to encourage more people to travel around Wales sustainably using the national rail network, heritage railways, and buses.

‘Wales on Rails’ has been jointly funded by Transport for Wales’s (TfW) community rail partnerships and Visit Wales. The new initiative promotes the use of public transport to link key tourist attractions and offers visitors the chance to experience some of the most scenic rail networks in the world.

Through the website www.walesonrails.co.uk, visitors are able to plan their trip around Wales and choose from visitor attraction themes such as fantastic food, awesome adventures, heroic heritage, glorious gardens, and obtainable outdoors. 

Minister for the Economy, Vaughan Gething, said: “This is an excellent partnership which encourages safe, sustainable, and scenic adventures around Wales and showcases the wealth of experiences that are accessible by public transport. This new initiative makes it easier for people to plan their trips – while also using sustainable modes of transport.”

James Price, Transport for Wales CEO added: “’Wales on Rails’ brings together our Wales and Borders rail network, 12 heritage and steam railways, and our bus routes, offering people the chance to use this sustainable transport network to travel around the country to a range of tourist attractions. It’s not only a safe and sustainable way to travel around Wales but the journeys themselves are a major part of the attraction, as some of our rail routes are the most scenic in the world.”     

“This project is another example of the importance of our community rail partnerships at TfW and how they are working collaboratively to bring social and economic benefits to the communities we serve.”

The project is being managed by the Great Little Trains of Wales, a partnership promoting the 12 heritage railways in Wales and supported by five community rail partnerships: the Cambrian Railway Partnership, the Conwy Valley and North West Wales Coast Community Rail Partnership, the Heart of Wales Line, South West Wales Connected, and the Chester to Shrewsbury Line.

David Jones, Bala Lake Railway general manager and chair of Great Little Trains of Wales said: “Wales has some of the most scenic railways in the world. As we start to travel more, it would be great if people would consider visiting Wales in a sustainable way and make public transport part of their visit or their main reason to visit Wales.”

Hugh Evans, head of community rail at TfW, added: “This has been an exciting collaboration between Great Little Trains of Wales and our community rail partnerships.  A big thanks to all involved and we look forward to delivering more exciting projects across Wales and the Borders.”

Vaughan Gething MS (Minister for the Economy) and Tim Dunn (Historian and TV Presenter) outside Cardiff Central Station