A new tourism project called ‘Wales on Rails’ has been launched to encourage more people to travel around Wales sustainably using the national rail network, heritage railways and buses.
Transport for Wales’s Community Rail Partnerships and Visit Wales have jointly funded the new initiative that 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 using 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.
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 5 Community Rail Partnerships.
David Jones, Bala Lake Railway general manager and Chair of Great Little Trains of Wales added:
“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 said:
‘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.”