Shadow Minister for the Welsh Language Suzy Davies AM/AC has reacted with astonishment at a leaked report that shows Transport for Wales (TfW) broke the law nine times over its failure to provide services in Welsh on trains.
Mrs Davies said, “What a shocking example this Welsh Labour Government is setting, and what a shocking message it sends to our Welsh speakers and learners.”
According to a story published on news website nation.cymru, Welsh-language breaches by TfW – which is owned by the Welsh Government – included: Train and platform announcements made in English only; correspondence only in English; no option to buy tickets from the TfW website in Welsh; an English-only information app.
Nation.cymru stated that the report by the Welsh Language Commissioner followed complaints and by the Welsh language society, Cymdeithas yr Iaith.
Mrs Davies added, “I am appalled at this disgraceful set of breaches of the law by the Welsh Government. It seems that not only is this Labour administration incapable of running a rail service in Wales, but it is also incapable of providing services in both official languages of this nation.
“It is an embarrassment that a state-owned business in Wales broke the law over so many fundamental matters. Laws on the Welsh language are there for a reason, and the Welsh Labour Government has set a dreadful example to all businesses in Wales, and let down this nation’s Welsh speakers.”