TravelWatch SouthWest

TravelWatch SouthWest (TWSW) is a social enterprise company which acts as an advocate for passengers to lobby for the improvement of public transport in the region and works closely with local authorities, business organisations, partnerships and other stakeholder groups. With the dissolution of the former Rail Passengers Committee for Western England in July 2005, TWSW is the representative body for public transport users throughout the South West of England.

Forthcoming Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on Saturday 6th October 2018 in Taunton.

The theme will be … Looking and Planning Ahead. The government will be inviting competitive bids from LEPs (Local Enterprise Partnerships) for capital investment funding to boost economic growth once Brexit has been completed, providing an alternative route for channeling funds that have previously gone through Europe. Although details are unclear, LEPs are already looking ahead at which scheme ideas they should be bidding for, and there are opportunities for passenger and specialist interests group to offer their ideas, evidence and support to the LEPs in order to help the LEPs put stronger and fully supported bids – with a better chance of being winning and wanted – bids in.

All member groups are encouraged to send a representative to this meeting and additionally to send a second representative who represents their younger members – for it’s these younger members who will reap the benefit (or suffer the consequences) of decisions made and projects implement in the next few years.

TravelWatch also welcomes representatives of groups who are not currently members, and representatives of public transport organisations and local and central government. Interested individuals not linked to represented groups are also welcome – please contact the secretary for an invite.

Previous Meetings

TWSW CrossCountry Franchise Consultation Meeting – 22 June 2018 in Taunton. Around 40 member organisations met; listened to the Department for Transport’s overview of the next Cross Country franchise and how the consultation can help them, and then the consultation and questions therein were discussed one by one around the room. A most useful day to help each member group be informed to formulate their reply, and to inform the TravelWatch board for the TWSW response which is in preparation. Slides / presentations from the meeting are available via our meetings page

The TWSW Great Western Franchise Map and Direct Award Consultation Meeting held on Monday 15th January 2018 at the Council Chamber Exeter enabled Stakeholders to highlight passenger aspiration and needs for the future to the Department for Transport within the context of the Consultation. Read the TWSW Great Western Map and Direct Award Consultation response


The tab below provides links to presentations from the last General Meeting

General Meetings →