Message from the Managing Director
It has been a busy Summer for First Cymru, with large numbers of people attending the National Eisteddfod at Llanelli and the IPC Games in Swansea – both of these illustrating how public transport is essential for moving the crowds at special events.
Even more new vehicles have been added to our fleet in recent weeks and the latest batch are working around Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot. Once again, they will 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.
We have completed rebranding our longer distance interurban services as 'Cymru Clipper'. The network is one of the biggest changes made by First Cymru in recent years. It brings together, for the first time, all the interurban bus routes operated by First Cymru across South and West Wales, under one name, making them more visible and accessible to people wanting to travel.
As part of this, a fleet of 17 brand new 'Streetlite' vehicles has been introduced to routes linking Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot, Bridgend, Maesteg and Onllwyn.
Full details of each of the services, including new audio guides can be found on our Cymru Clipper pages.
New longer distance services recently – or about to be – introduced include:
- Traws Cymru T1 Carmarthen to Lampeter and Aberystwyth
- X7 Maesteg to Cardiff
- Cymru Clipper X12 Carmarthen to Swansea
Soon, we will be welcoming large numbers of students onto our services as the Universities and Colleges return from their summer break. In Swansea, the New St. Davids student accommodation in New Cut Road will be served by services 16 & 35 which offer a cross city link from Llangyfelach to Killay via the University, supplemented by another new service, 85, during term time.
For everyone needing to explore the area, a visit to the 'Baytrans' website is a must. It contains plenty of information about days out by bus in the Swansea Bay area. Visit www.baytrans.org.uk
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).
Justin Davies - Managing Director, First Cymru