DEPUTY first minister Ieuan Wyn Jones gave a boost to public transport across Wales today with the announcement of a through ticketing scheme for the country.

A transport entitlement card, similar to London's Oyster card, was included in the national transport plan unvelied today.

Passengers will be able to use it on busses and trains by 2014.

People will also get more information on what alternatives to driving are available in their local areas.

A big push to improve public transport, walking and cycling in Cardiff will be repeated in three other places as part of the Sustainable Travel Towns initiative.

And high steps between trains and platforms will be removed, particularly at rural stations.