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Transport (Wales) Bill
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This bill gives the National Assembly for Wales the powers it needs to take forward its integrated transport policies.

MAIN PROVISIONS
BILL'S PROGRESS
Responsible department: Wales Office
Origin: House of Commons
Introduced: 19 May 2005
Second reading: 16 June 2005
Committee stage: 28 June 2005
Remaining stages: 17 Oct 2005
LORDS:
First reading: 18 Oct 2005
Second reading: 1 Nov 2005
Committee stage: 24 & 30 Nov 2005
Report stage: 10 Jan 2006
Third reading: 14 Feb 2006

ROYAL ASSENT: 17 Feb 2006
  • Places a duty on the assembly to promote safe, integrated, sustainable, efficient and economic transport
  • Places a duty on the assembly to publish a Wales Transport Strategy
  • Ensures that the local transport plan system is modified, making it an effective vehicle for the implementation of the Wales Transport Strategy
  • Makes provision for joint working arrangements and for joint transport authorities so that local authority transport functions are carried out on a regional basis
  • Empowers the assembly to secure the provisions of public transport services, where the requirement for such services would not otherwise be met
  • Provides a specific power to give financial assistance in respect of air services and airport facilities, where the services or facilities would not otherwise be provided
  • Empowers the assembly to establish a new Public Transport Users' Committee for Wales

    BACKGROUND
    A draft bill published last session was scrutinised by a joint session of the Welsh affairs committee and the assembly's economic development and transport committee.

    The final bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 15 December 2004 but did not progress any further.

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