Research & Consultancy

As the academic transport research centre for Wales, the WTRC’s research outputs have been seen as independent and providing a clear unbiased analysis. The Research Centre is fully able to call on several areas of expertise including transport policy, planning and economics, geographical information systems, business management, and intelligent transport systems.

Recent Projects

Projects recently undertaken have a wide scope and include:


Client: Welsh Government

Professor Stuart Cole is advising the Welsh Government on the creation of a national network linking important towns, railway stations and bus stations as an extension of the Wales and Borders rail franchise. The development will include significantly upgrading services to form Traws Cymru network starting in March 2012. Professor Cole is a specialist advisor, working alongside officials in a parallel capacity, on the concept, and implementation (procurement, route development, branding).

BWCABUS (Ongoing)

Client: Carmarthenshire County Council / Welsh Government

The Bwcabus concept was developed by the Wales Transport Research Centre at the University of South Wales. The Bwcabus innovation came from a simple question posed to the Wales Transport Research Centre by the Welsh Assembly Government ‘How do we provide a high quality bus service for rural areas where the services are in decline?’. The first Bwcabus scheme became operational on 24th August 2009, following the award of funding by the Welsh Assembly Government, the European Convergence Fund and Carmarthenshire County Council.

The Bwcabus project is featured in the Wales National Transport Plan and both the South West Wales Integrated Transport Consortium (SWWITCH) and Trafnidiaeth Canolbarth Cymru (TraCC) regional transport plans. The Bwcabus scheme has won three prestigious awards, winning ‘Most Innovative Transport Project’ at the National Transport Times Awards, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Cymru Best Partnership and an excellence in transport policy and planning award at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK awards.


Client: CREW Regeneration Wales

The Deep Place Study will attempt to identify all current weaknesses which constrain Tredegar, as well as opportunities which could be exploited to establish a sustainable future for the community. Owen Clark is a project advisor offering specialist transport advice, and joint lead of the transport experts sub group.

Past Projects

The past projects area of the website gives you detailed archived information about projects that the Wales Transport Research Centre has previously completed.

Visit past projects web page.