MetroCitys for TrawsCymru
Five Optare MetroCitys have been introduced on the First Cymru T5 route connecting Aberystwyth with Haverfordwest via Cardigan and Fishguard. They feature next stop audio announcements and free Wi-Fi for passengers. Welsh Economy and Transport Minister, Edwina Hart, launched the vehicles at an event in Gwbert, Cardigan recently. TrawsCymru is the Welsh Government funded long distance bus network for Wales comprising of a number of routes. The new buses are part of improved services being rolled out across these operations and this latest fleet takes the current total of new vehicles introduced across Wales to 15.
Edwina Hart said, ‘The T5 is an important part of our integrated transport network and this upgraded service will provide better connectivity for communities in Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. The Welsh Government recognises the importance of bus services in Wales, particularly in rural areas, for providing access to jobs and services. These upgrades to the TrawsCymru network will improve accessibility, passenger comfort and access to the internet. We have listened to the findings of Dr Victoria Winkler’s review of the bus network in Wales and today’s launch is part of a wider package of measures to drive up standards in the service. I have also approved funding of up £10,000 so our Bus Policy Advisory Group can commission a study to look at how we can increase revenue and capital investment to improve bus services in Wales. I am committed to ensuring our public transport network continues to meet the changing needs and demands of our Welsh communities.’