ftrMetro buses to be withdrawn
Wrightbus built articulated buses used on Swansea’s ftrMetro service operated by First Cymru Buses are to be withdrawn from 1 September 2015. Replacing them on Service 4 will be newer vehicles that are better for the environment and more economical to operate. While the decision to withdraw the articulated buses is based on economic grounds, the removal of the vehicles will allow a change of routing away from the Kingsway when travelling east out of the city. First said this will enable the City & County of Swansea to progress their plans for the extensive redevelopment of the City Centre and the Kingsway in particular.
MD, Justin Davies, said, ‘The ftrMetro articulated buses have worked well since their introduction in 2009. They have now reached the point of needing refurbishment inside and out. They are unique vehicles, part of a batch of 25 built at a time when the use of articulated buses was common place in the UK. Since their construction engine technology has improved considerably with improved fuel consumption and lower maintenance costs. In light of these factors coupled with reduced fuel rebate and reductions in the funding for concessionary customers, the decision has been taken to withdraw the ftrMetro articulated buses from service.’
‘Our decision does not, in any way, reflect on the commitment of colleagues who have worked tirelessly to provide the best possible service. We will be doing everything we can to assist everyone affected and will seek to offer alternative employment where possible.’