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.
We are presently in exceptional times – this update written 20th March 2020 with Coronavirus spreading across the world, many people in isolation, advise being against none-essential travel.
As an organisation that co-ordinates stakeholder and community groups across the South West, we encourage you to use electronic means to stay in touch over coming weeks and months and to postpone or cancel meetings and other gatherings. We commend to you advise from ACoRP – mirrored at http://www.passenger.chat/23070 on holding events and meetings, and to suggestions from Transport Focus at http://www.passenger.chat/23084 if you’re working with transport providers (or lobbying them) to provide appropriate but reduced services over coming weeks.
As the next general meeting is not until the autumn, it remains in our diary. Intermediate meetings (there was discussion of an integration special) look unlikely in real life.
Next General Meeting: Friday 9th October 2020
Previous General Meeting: Monday 2nd March 2020
Our line-up includes National Express, SNAP and GWR
TWSW GM March 2020- Agenda for 2 March 2020
Our most recent General Meeting took place in Taunton on Friday 18 October and was sold out!
The engagement stimulated a constructive exchange of ideas and recognition of common ground enabling TWSW produce a list of key priorities for passengers and communities in the South West.
Sponsored coaches to the venue
Our last Spring General Meeting Wednesday on 20 March 2019 welcomed over 100 attendees. Giles Fearnley from First Group, Managing Director of First Bus UK, delivered Keynote address which signposted some simple measures which could deliver better service to passengers and tackle climate change. The need for collaborative working could not be clearer.
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.
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.
Some previous “Special Topic” Meetings
On 16 December 2019 TWSW hosted Network Rail in Bridgwater for a conversation addressing local issues and frustrations to “one journey”. TravelWatch SouthWest Chaired the meeting where the constructive approach of attendee User’s groups, Local Government representatives, SWLEP, Sub Transport Bodies, and Public Transport Operators produced discussions which were constructive. An exciting announcement is expected by Easter.
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