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Free weekend bus travel pilot launched across Wales

Free bus journeys at the weekend. Credit: Welsh Government

The Welsh Government is launching a new pilot offering free weekend bus travel to passengers across Wales

The pilot, which will apply to all buses on the extensive TrawsCymru network, will begin on Saturday and run every weekend until at least May 2018.

It’s hoped the scheme will act as a catalyst for bus travel in Wales, boosting not only the number of passengers but also wider use of the TrawsCymru routes.

Rob Shelley explains the free weekend bus service:

I’m delighted to launch this ground breaking scheme and look forward to seeing as many people as possible making the most of this fantastic offer to travel across Wales by bus for free.

From Bangor to Cardiff, Fishguard to Wrexham I hope to see this scheme provide the perfect excuse for people from across Wales and beyond to jump on the bus and spend their weekends enjoying the diverse beauty of Wales.

The TrawsCymru network covers large areas of Wales, some of which would otherwise be inaccessible by public transport and, with the summer tourist season around the corner, I’m excited about the impact increased passengers could have on tourism in these areas in particular.

– Ken Skates AM, Economy and Infrastructure Secretary
Credit: Welsh Government

Here are the routes in the pilot:

  • TrawsCymru T1 Aberystwyth – Lampeter – Carmarthen (Operates 7days per week);
  • TrawsCymru T1C Aberystwyth – Lampeter – Carmarthen – Swansea – Cardiff (Daily except Sundays);
  • TrawsCymru T2 Bangor – Porthmadog – Dolgellau – Abersytwyth (Operates 7 days per week);
  • TrawsCymru T3 Wrexham – Llangollen – Dolgellau – Barmouth (Operates 7 days per week);
  • TrawsCymru T4 Newtown – Brecon – Merthyr Tydfil – Pontypridd – Cardiff (Operates 7 days per week);
  • TrawsCymru T5 Aberystwyth – New Quay – Cardigan – Fishguard – Haverfordwest (Operates 7 days per week – Sundays summer only);
  • TrawsCymru T6 Brecon – Ystradgynlais – Neath – Swansea (Operates 7 days per week); and
  • Cardiff Airport Express T9 services (Operates throughout the day – 7 days per week).