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Transport for Wales partners with CitySwift on AI bus pilot

Marina Donohoe, Director UK and Northern Europe at Enterprise Ireland, Transport for Wales CEO James Price, First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford, Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin and CitySwift COO Alan Farrelly (left-right)

Transport for Wales and CitySwift have partnered on a pilot programme to optimise public transport services using data and artificial intelligence (AI).

The programme aims to deliver efficiencies and improve service levels across the country’s bus network. 

CitySwift said Welsh bus operators will be able to make more informed data-driven decisions and understand new travel patterns, which will enable them to “improve journey times, reliability and enhance the on-board experience for passengers”.

It’s hoped this will help encourage a modal shift from private cars to sustainable public transport – key to tackling climate change and reducing congestion and emissions in towns and cities. 

James Price, Transport for Wales chief executive and Alan Farrelly, CitySwift chief operating officer recently attended the 36th British-Irish Council Summit in Cardiff with Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin, First Minister of Wales the Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS, government ministers and business leaders. 

Price said: “Transport for Wales is transforming transport throughout Wales and the borders with an investment programme into all forms of public transport.

“Our partnership with CitySwift will allow Welsh bus operators to use modern AI technology to gather data, understand new travel patterns and make more informed data-driven decisions. 

“This pilot scheme will help us improve bus services for the people of Wales and will assist us in encouraging people to make that modal shift from using private cars to sustainable public transport which is key to tackling climate change.”

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