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Terms of reference for the north Wales Transport Commission.

The Commission will consider the problems, opportunities, challenges and objectives for realising a sustainable integrated transport system in north Wales. The Commission will take a multi-modal approach, looking at all of north Wales to consider how modal shift can be achieved in both urban and rural areas.

The Commissioners will utilise the collaborative approach taken to the south east Wales Transport Commission by:

  • analysing frequent journeys taking place within and through the region by road, including where they begin and end, at different times of the day and within different seasons, including freight;
  • analysing how public transport and active travel are used within and through the region, and where those journeys begin and end. This may include journey that start and end outside of north Wales;
  • considering where the absence of public transport, car ownership or safe active travel corridors creates significant issues in communities;
  • examining the current programme of interventions to support people in north Wales to achieve a mode-shift, including the north Wales Metro programme and other relevant activity already taking place in the region to support active travel and embedding sustainable public transport networks.

Based upon this analysis and feedback from stakeholders, the Commission will then examine proposals for achieving mode shift across north of Wales.

The Commission’s recommendations will be co-developed with stakeholders and consider local and national policies including Llwybr Newydd: The Wales Transport Strategy and the Union Connectivity Review.

The Commission:

  • will be open to the views of the public and all stakeholders including the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales, the Future Generations Commissioner, business groups, social partners, environmental groups, transport users’ groups, local and national political representatives.
  • will consider the needs of current and future generations, taking into account immediate problems and future trends, such as the impact of alternative fuels and connected and autonomous vehicles.
  • will take into account the report of the Commission on Climate Change and other social, economic, cultural and environmental issues, including air quality.
  • may consider the behavioural issues that need to be addressed in order to build a multi-modal approach to transport in North Wales, and how solutions might respond to those factors.
  • may advise on innovative interventions and funding solutions. It may consider any issues, including governance, costs, financing, planning approach and programme / project management and may recommend improvements to statutory processes.
  • will operate independently of the Welsh Government. It will be served by a Secretariat who will support both the running of the Commission and delivering its work.