Free Weekend Travel on the TrawsCymru Network

Free Weekend Travel on the TrawsCymru Network
A Richard Bros owned Optare MetroCity is pictured in Aberaeron working the T5 to Cardigan.Tom Harrison

TrawsCymru long distance buses are an ideal way of exploring Wales and now passengers can enjoy free travel every Saturday and Sunday on the TrawsCymru network.

From Saturday 8th July 2017, the Welsh Government is introducing free weekend travel for all on the TrawsCymru network until May 2018.

A budget of up to £1m has been set aside for the initiative which will allow you to travel for free on Saturdays and Sundays, with no need to book in advance.

The following services are included in the offer:-

TrawsCymru T1 Aberystwyth – Lampeter – Carmarthen;

TrawsCymru T1C Carmarthen – Swansea – Cardiff;

TrawsCymru T2 Bangor – Dolgellau – Aberystwyth;

TrawsCymru T3 Wrexham – Llangollen – Barmouth;

TrawsCymru T4 Newtown – Brecon – Cardiff;

TrawsCymru T5 Aberystwyth – Aberaeron – Cardigan – Haverfordwest;

TrawsCymru T6 Brecon – Ystradgynlais – Neath and Swansea; and

Cardiff Airport Express T9 Cardiff city centre to Cardiff Airport.

Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates called it a “ground-breaking” project: “From Bangor to Cardiff, Fishguard to Wrexham I hope to see this scheme provide 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 TrawsCymru network covers large areas of Wales, some of which would otherwise be inaccessible by public transport and, with the summer tourist season around the corner,

“I’m excited about the impact increased passengers could have on tourism in these areas in particular.

“The free service is subject to availability, but we have also provided additional funding to local authorities to ensure operators are able to deploy more buses to meet increased demand if necessary.

“Provisions have also been made to reimburse operators of other local bus services should they experience any reduction of passengers as a result of this pilot, although we are optimistic it will have the opposite effect.”

As TrawsCymru services are likely to be busier than normal on the days of the free travel promotion, TrawsCymru will be working with the bus companies to provide additional buses where necessary.

Passengers are reminded to check the destination display clearly or ask a member of staff to ensure you board the correct bus.

If you are in possession of valid Welsh Concessionary Travel pass, TrawsCymru asks that you continue to show this to the driver as normal on the days of the promotion.

Whether you are going for a long bus ride, a picnic, a hike, to visit a castle or go on a shopping trip, this is an offer not to be missed!

Check out the TrawsCymru website for timetable and route maps.

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