Councils to trial new bus services in rural areas

More money is being given to two local authorities to trial new and more efficient methods of delivering public transport in order to improve access to jobs and services.

Opinions divided over new public transport trials

A Welsh Government scheme to support public transport has been described as 'little more than a sticking plaster' by the tory opposition.

The Vale of Glamorgan and Ceredigion councils are getting £100,000 each to test new ways to co-ordinate buses, community transport and local authority services. But the move comes against a background of service cuts in several areas, as Alexandra Lodge explains.

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Bus services: Your views

Two pilot schemes have been announced to help find better ways to deliver public transport. The schemes, in the Vale of Glamorgan and Ceredigion, aim to improve access to jobs and services, particularly in rural areas.

You've been getting in touch with your views about the bus services in your area:

There are plenty of buses, but its the times of buses and trains. Sometimes you cant go anywhere at certain times.

– Daniel Matthew from Conwy on Facebook

We need more buses in the Llantwit Major and Llanmaes area!

– Courtney Watkins on Facebook

Services in Pontypridd and surrounding areas are very reliable and all of the drivers are pleasant.

– Chris Whiles from Pontypridd on Facebook

Councils to trial new bus services in rural areas

The Vale of Glamorgan and Ceredigion will each receive £100,000 Credit: PA

More money is being given to two local authorities to trial new and more efficient methods of delivering public transport in order to improve access to jobs and services.

The Vale of Glamorgan council and Ceredigion council will each receive £100,000 from the Welsh Governent to test better, more efficient ways to co-ordinate conventional bus services , community transport and local authority services.

A further element of the pilots will evaluate the costs and benefits of discounted travel for young people to access jobs and training. The trials will run for a year.