Council support prompts improvements in local bus services

by | May 21, 2024 | Community, Swansea Today

Schoolchildren in the north of Swansea will be able to get to and from school easier following the reinstatement of a local bus service

ublic transport is a major local issue with cancellations, lateness and postponements so it is good news that Swansea Council has provided funding to First Cymru to run the new X13a service between Swansea and Pontarddulais.

The launch of the new contracted service means pupils travelling between Pontlliw and Pontarddulais Comprehensive School can now hop on a bus to get to and from school.

The Council has also helped fund an early morning bus service (No.16) between Gowerton and the city centre and comes on the back of issues raised with the Council’s Passenger Transport Team about workers not getting to their place of work on time.

Discussions between First Cymru and the Council have also resulted in an improvement in frequency in other local services such as the No 12 & 13 between the city centre and Townhill.

Andrew Stevens, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “Previous changes to commercial bus services in the city have created some issues for some public transport users, making it difficult for them to get to and from work or their local school.

“This has prompted residents to share their concerns with the Council to see if we can support First Cymru in the provision of additional bus services.

“As a Council, we want the public to make the most of public transport services and we are doing what we can to support transport operators to ensure that local bus services are fit for purpose and provide residents with transport they need.

“I’m pleased that our latest discussions with First Cymru, along with some additional funding has led to an improvement in local bus services for residents.”

Council Leader Rob Stewart welcomed the service improvements. He said: “I want to thank the team at Swansea Council for the work they have put in over many months to negotiate improvements to bus services for many of our communities in Swansea. I’m please Swansea Council has also been able to provide additional funding to support extra services.”

Earlier in the year, the Council approved its annual budget and included more than £1million towards bus services as part of its subsidised bus routes programme.

All the bus services funded by the Council are ones that transport operators conclude are not commercially viable. These include bus services later in the evening, services between Swansea and Gower, as well as transport to and from local hospitals.

Cllr Stevens, added: “We have made a commitment to fund more than 30 local bus services for the next five years. Whilst these services may not be viewed as commercially viable for local operators, they do still provide much needed transport for many residents.”