Welsh Government names North Wales panel

The Welsh Government has named the panel of independent commissioners who will recommend ‘how to build a sustainable and integrated transport system for North Wales’.

The North Wales Transport Commission will follows the model of the commission set-up after the cancellation of the M4 relief road in South East Wales and will also be led by former UK Treasury permanent secretary Lord Terry Burns.

The six commissioners are:

  • Professor John Parkin, professor of transport engineering at the University of the West of England and deputy director of the Centre for Transport and Society.
  • Ashley Rogers, commercial director of the North Wales Mersey Dee Business Council.
  • Dyfed Edwards, deputy chair of the Welsh Revenue Authority and former leader of Gwynedd Council
  • Dr Georgina Santos, senior lecturer at Cardiff University and economist interested in environmental and transport economics and public policy
  • Sue Flack, former director of planning and transport at Nottingham City Council, now an independent transport consultant specialising in integrating planning and transport
  • Stephen Joseph OBE, former director of the Campaign for Better Transport.

The commissioners were announced by Lee Waters (pictured), deputy minister for climate change, during a visit to a demand responsive transport initiative in Denbighshire using a zero emission, 100% battery-operated 16-seat minibus.

He said: ‘The commission will build on the great work already being delivered by the North Wales Metro programme such as this Fflecsi service, and consider the needs of all communities; both urban and rural, along the coast and inland.

‘It will be based on the successful model of the South East Wales Transport Commission, where after a year of hard work we’re starting to see our plans for an integrated public transport network become a reality.

‘This is the opportunity to ensure that North Wales has the transport network which meets its needs for the future, and deals with the challenges we face with the climate emergency.’

The commission will be supported by a secretariat provided by the Welsh Government and Transport for Wales.

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