Message from the Managing Director

Justin Davies

Our new vehicles for Bridgend and Maesteg entered service at the turn of the year. These buses are a brilliant addition to our fleet and make travelling around the area much nicer for our customers. As well as having leather seats, the vehicles also have a much more flexible internal design with folding seats on both sides of the saloon at the front. This means that there is more space for people travelling with shopping trolleys or buggies, without those things needing to impinge on the wheelchair space.

The buses each have free WiFi installed on them too, meaning our customers can surf the web, check and respond to emails, or even do a spot of online shopping, while they're travelling in and around the area.

Likewise, the new vehicles for Swansea Park and Ride which we run in partnership with Swansea Council are also in service on Swansea's three Park & Ride routes.

More new vehicles will arrive for the Swansea, Llanelli and Neath Port Talbot areas during 2014 meaning that we will be able to replace many of our older vehicles.

Many of you may have noticed that the buses we use on service X13 from Swansea to Ammanford and Llandeilo have a new look. X13 is the first route to have the 'Welsh Gold' brand applied to it. Over the next few months it will be progressively rolled out on service X11 (Carmarthen to Swansea) and then on our 'X' services in the Neath and Port Talbot areas when more new buses arrive.

The result will be an easily identifiable 'Welsh Gold' network of higher quality services linking the main centres of south and west Wales.

No doubt with all the poor weather we've been seeing recently, thoughts will be turning to getting away for the Easter and Summer breaks. Our Greyhound service to Bristol Airport from Swansea, Cardiff and Newport offers an ideal link with the airport at an affordable price.

Advanced bookings can be made on www.greyhounduk.com

Service T9 from Cardiff Bus Station to Cardiff Airport is run in conjunction with the Welsh Assembly Government. The service runs every 20 minutes, providing an easy interchange with Greyhound at Cardiff.

As ever, remember that you can keep up to date on developments at First Cymru by visiting this site again soon, or by following us on twitter or facebook. Information can also be obtained by calling Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 22 33 (Daily 08:00-20:00).

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your custom during 2013 and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Justin Davies - Managing Director, First Cymru