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Fare needed to get 'Bedwas & Machen no 7' home

“Bedwas & Machen no 7” was withdrawn in 1971 and is now in South Africa. Credit: CTPG

An appeal has gone out for donations to repatriate a 63 year-old south Wales bus from South Africa.

The Cardiff Transport Preservation Group has launched an appeal for the 1951 single deck 35 seat bus known as the “Bedwas & Machen no 7”.

It was the last bus to be built in Cardiff by the former Bruce Coach Works on Pengam Airfield and was withdrawn in 1971.

CTPG has a 1930’s Western Welsh bus depot in Barry and aims to raise £20,000 to return and restore the bus.

It is now at the Sandstone Heritage Foundation in South Africa where campaigners say it has been repainted.

The bus has since been repainted after arriving in South Africa. Credit: CTPG

Four Arriva bus depots close due to financial pressures

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The Arriva bus station at Dolgellau is among four closing Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The Aberystwyth depot for Arriva Buses Wales will close today, alongside those in New Quay, Lampeter and Dolgellau.

The company says the period of instability regarding public transport funding - together with spiralling fuel costs, has put unsustainable financial pressure on their Aberystwyth operations.

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'Oyster-style' travel card launches in north Wales

The travel card is set to be rolled out across the rest of Wales in April Credit: ITV Cymru Wales News

A new type of travel card is being launched in Wrexham today.

The GoCymru smart travel card is similar to a London Oyster Card and will be trialled in Wrexham and Bangor with plans to fully roll the scheme out across the rest of Wales in April.

At the moment the card can only be used on buses but there are plans that in time the scheme will extend to rail services in Wales.

The card is a pay as you go travel top-up card that is used in the place of a traditional paper ticket. It is hoped that the scheme will make it easier and quicker to hop on and off buses.

To get a GoCymru card and to find out more visit www.gocymru.traveline-cymru.info/.

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