Bannau Brycheiniog welcomes new sustainable transport report

The new report – produced by the Sustainable Tourism and Transport Task and Finish Group – outlines the ways that the tourism industry can encourage the use of public transport and describes the transport barriers that both visitors face and how these challenges can be met through improved and effective partnership working.
A number of key recommendations were made in the report – including:
•         providing better information to visitors on what sustainable transport is available
•         encouraging further development of transport links to visitor attractions
•         offering incentives to visitors to use public transport
•         simplifying ticketing arrangements including offering visitors integrated ticketing using different modes of transport
•         offering travel planning for key visitor attractions
Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority took part in the Task and Finish Group and supports the recommendations.  They also welcomes the Welsh Assembly Government’s continued commitment to sustainable transport – particularly the acknowledgement that effective partnership working offers a highly beneficial strategic approach. 
Annie Lawrie, Visitor Transport Officer for Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority commented:  “We welcome the recommendations in the new Sustainable Tourism and Transport report.  Through our Visitor Transport Initiative, Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority has already implemented many of the recommendations and have plans to do much more. For example, we are already promoting the weekday bus network by producing a series of materials – including an award-winning Park-wide travel guide, car-free days out leaflets and a family walks by bus booklet.  We are planning a Mountain Walks by Bus leaflet for next year.  But we are always looking for new ideas to help develop our future planning. 
“We continue to work very closely with our tourism businesses and local festival organisers – like the Guardian Hay Festival, Brecon Jazz, Abergavenny Food Festival and Green Man – to make sure they have up-to-date information to promote on their websites and give to their guests.  Not to mention the development of a new interactive transport website which will enable visitors to plan their journeys here and transport around the Park.
“In essence, this report supports the sustainable transport initiatives that we are currently promoting and recognises that our partnership approach is the best way to build the vision we have for a sustainable future in the National Park.”