The project is jointly funded by Transport for Wales’s Community Rail Partnerships and Visit Wales. It aims to promote public transport as the best and most sustainable way to visit key tourist attractions and offers visitors the chance to experience some of the most scenic railway networks in the world.
Visitors can plan their trip around Wales by using the website www.walesonrails.co.uk.
The website offers everything a visitor needs to plan their trip, including itineraries, a list of attractions, rail and bus routes. Among the visitor attraction are themes such as fantastic food, awesome adventures, heroic heritage, glorious gardens, and obtainable outdoors.
The project is being managed by the Great Little Trains of Wales, which is a partnership promoting the 12 heritage railways in Wales and is supported by five Community Rail Partnerships.
Minister for the Economy, Vaughan Gething, said:
“This is an excellent partnership which encourages safe, sustainable, and scenic adventures around Wales and showcases the wealth of experiences that are accessible by public transport. This new initiative makes it easier for people to plan their trips – while also using sustainable modes of transport.”
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.”
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.”