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.

Latest Newsletter – 29th August 2018

The next General Meeting will be held on a weekday in Taunton during October 2019

Our most recent General Meeting took place in Taunton on Wednesday 20 March 2019 where we welcomed Giles Fearnley from First Group, Managing Director of First Bus UK.  The agenda and presentation slides from the day can be found through the links below.



We have moved the meeting from our usual weekend date to  grow our audience encouraging, carers for the young, industry and local authority representatives to come along.

The Autumn General Meeting was held on Saturday 6th October 2018 in Taunton.

1. 1100 Welcome and Introductions
Vinita Nawathe, TravelWatch SouthWest
2. 1110 Keynote speaker: James Freeman, Managing Director, First West of England
Growing passenger bus services in the future
3. 1150 Speaker: Professor Graham Parkhurst, Centre for Transport and Society, University of the
West of England “Technology’s effect on the traditional public transport operation”
4. 1230 Just a Minute: Delegates have one minute to flag up a public transport issue or news
5. 1245 LUNCH Networking with Operators, Local Authorities and User Groups
6. 1330 Speaker: Nick Millington, Head of Maintenance Delivery Network Rail
“Maximising opportunities for enhancements and partnership to benefit communities”
7. 1410 Christopher Irwin, TravelWatch Southwest
“Shaping public transport: XC and GWR consultations’ feedback, and look forward”
8. 1450 Summary from the Chair
9. 1500 Close

All member groups are encouraged to send a representative to this meeting and additionally to send a second representative to represent their younger members as these will reap the benefit (or suffer the consequences) of decisions made and projects implemented 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 →