07/02/2024

Many of our services will be changing as of April 1st 2024 as a result of recent local tenders and subsequent contract awards.

During the pandemic, public bus routes across Wales that became unviable without additional financial support were granted emergency funding from Welsh Government. Since then, passenger numbers have gradually increased but have not reached pre-Covid levels on many routes. Concessionary pass holder passenger numbers remain well below pre-Covid levels, whereas fare-paying passenger numbers are generally stronger. From April 1st onwards, the emergency subsidy scheme will be replaced by a series of local authority tenders, for all public bus routes other than those that can operate commercially (i.e. without additional subsidy).

As a result of these tenders, some services that we currently operate will see a change of operator from April 1st. Other services remain unchanged. A summary follows*:

*Please note, Swansea contracts have not yet been awarded. 

 

Unchanged (no change of operator):

 

102 (timetable change from April 1st to improve reliability following passenger and driver feedback)

C1 (Cardiff CrossCity: Culverhouse Cross – Pontprennau via City Centre)

905 (Cardiff Airport - Rhoose)

65 (Bridgend – Talbot Green)

800-series school services (Cardiff school services)

100 (Barry town circular)

 

 

Change of Operator:

 

68                        Newport Bus

A3, A5 & A6         Newport Bus

86                        Cardiff Bus

G1                        Details to follow

10                        Cardiff Bus

303                      First Cymru

304                      First Cymru

320                      First Cymru

321                      First Cymru

305                      Cardiff Bus

103                      Stagecoach

104                      Stagecoach

105                      Edwards

106                      Details of new operator to follow

107                      Edwards

109                      Edwards

111                      Edwards

404                      Stagecoach

A                          Details of new operator to follow

B                          Details of new operator to follow

C                          Details of new operator to follow

C18                      Harris Coaches

C16                      Details of new operator to follow

X38                      Harris Coaches

R1                        Details of new operator to follow

1                           Details of new operator to follow

89/600                Details of new operator to follow

 

 

New routes from April 1st:

 

As a result of these tenders, we have also secured several additional contracts, for the following services, which will operate from 1st April 2024:

 

88 (Barry - Penarth)

B3 (Barry town service)

612, 613, 614, 615 and 618 (Cardiff school services)

404 (evenings only)

130 (Sunday only)

112 (Sunday only)

 

 

102 Timetable Changes:

From April 1st, the 102 timetable will have a 30-minute frequency. The frequency has been reduced to add more running time into the remaining journeys and thus, to improve the reliability of the service following feedback from our customers and drivers. These changes have become necessary following the gradual build-up of traffic post-Covid and the introduction of 20MPH speed limits.

Please see below for the new timetable which will be in effect from April 1st.