Free bus travel at weekends

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travel on Trawscymru services are free at weekends

Don’t all get excited. You can, if you live in Wales for that is where the Welsh government is trying an experiment.

Even in Wales, enthusiasm shouldn’t be widespread because the free fares apply only to eight particular routes, the routes that make up the TrawsCymru (it means cross Wales) network. But the routes are long distance ones so you can, for example, travel from Bangor to Cardiff by linking two services together.

You don’t have to be a Welsh resident to take advantage of this. You could be holidaying here or just fancy a day out. You don’t need to be over 60 or under 25; you don’t need to show any ID or be part of a group. Just turn up, jump on and enjoy yourself.

What’s behind this largesse from the Welsh government?

According to Ken Skates, the minister responsible and who seems to have most things in his economy portfolio which includes tourism and transport, it is “…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 pilot scheme will run until May 2018 which means it is available throughout the summer holidays. As anyone who has tried using rail network in Wales, most routes tend to be east-west. Buses provide the north- south links and the TrawsCymrusystem was designed to provide faster links between places further apart which local bus services cannot provide.

As a tourism gesture, it deserves praise but it will also help rural communities be enabling locals to travel at no cost as well. It also incudes free travel on the bus from Cardiff to the airport which might ease some of the congestion caused by drivers heading there.

The services which are free at weekends are;
•    T1 Aberystwyth – Lampeter – Carmarthen.
•    T1C Aberystwyth – Lampeter – Carmarthen – Swansea – Cardiff (does not run on Sundays)
•    T2 Bangor – Porthmadog – Dolgellau – Abersytwyth.
•    ·T3 Wrexham – Llangollen – Dolgellau – Barmouth.
•    T4 Newtown – Brecon – Merthyr Tydfil – Pontypridd – Cardiff.
•    T5 Aberystwyth – New Quay – Cardigan – Fishguard – Haverfordwest.
•    T6 Brecon – Ystradgynlais – Neath – Swansea.
•    Cardiff Airport Express T9 services.

I hope transport ministers in our other countries are looking at this scheme and waiting for the results. If successful, wouldn’t it be a real boost to tourism to have free weekend services.

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