Clwyd West Assembly Member Darren Millar has called for new train operator Transport for Wales to provide promotions for North Wales rail users.
Transport for Wales took over the operation of Wales and Borders from Arriva Trains Wales last October and is being delivered by KeolisAmey and the Welsh Government.
Speaking in the Senedd yesterday, Darren asked whether Transport for Wales will be offering similar discounts to those provided by Arriva Trains Wales.
He made particular reference to Arriva’s ‘Club 55’ scheme, which provided low cost, off-peak travel offers for customers aged 55 or over, enabling passengers to travel anywhere on the Arriva Trains Wales network for just £27.
Speaking in the Business Statement, Darren said:
“This time of the year it's usually the Club 55 promotion, which many of my constituents and others in Wales like to take advantage of - cheap return tickets to anywhere in Wales for £27. That is what has traditionally been run at this time of year by Arriva Trains Wales. Is there a similar proposal for a similar promotion from Transport for Wales? It would be good to hear from the Government on that.”
Minister for Finance, Rebecca Evans, replied: “I know that there will be some cross-border services that will offer reduced fares. I will ask the Minister to write to you with greater detail on that.”
“It is essential we ensure that rail travel is accessible and affordable to all. Arriva’s ‘Club 55’ scheme was very popular with my constituents, enabling older passengers to travel at a very discounted price and I really do hope that the Welsh Government listen to what passengers want and make sure that Transport for Wales introduce a similar scheme.”