The Welsh Liberal Democrats have called on Deputy Minister Lee Waters and Cardiff Council to offer the public assurances that public transport and air services across Wales will operate smoothly during this weekend’s Queen's Platinum Jubilee bank holiday.
The concerns come as Transport for Wales warned of potential disruption to services due to high demand. Cardiff airport has also reported large delays over recent days with some passengers having to wait more than 40 hours to board their flight.
Cardiff Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Rhys Taylor.
A number of large events are taking place over the weekend in addition to local street parties and celebrations including concerts in Cardiff, Joe Cordina’s world title fight at the Motorpoint Arena and the Wales men’s football team’s crucial World Cup play-off match at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats concern follows widespread disruption across Cardiff and the surrounding areas last week due to the Ed Sheeran Concert and My Chemical Romance concerts.
Commenting Cardiff Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr Rhys Taylor said:
“We need to see an urgent update from Lee Waters and Cardiff Council on plans to ensure Cardiff’s public transport system copes during the coming days. We have already seen widespread traffic disruption in the last week and ongoing problems at Cardiff Airport for the past two weeks.
“We cannot afford for either the responsible Government Minister or Council Leadership to go missing at this time. Both Lee Waters and Dan De'Ath (Cardiff Council Cabinet Member for Transport) should issue urgent updates ahead of the bank holiday weekend setting out what has been done to prepare for this weekend, what measures have been put in place to mitigate any adverse travel conditions and to give travellers an honest idea of what to expect.
“We need reassurances that the Government and Council is taking proactive measures to save families from yet more travel carnage.
“The Government and Council have had months to prepare for this weekend, if it does indeed end in large-scale travel disruption Labour must be prepared to face scrutiny about their lack of preparedness for the Jubilee Bank Holiday logjam.”