NAT to add new route
NAT Group is to run a new bus route in Cardiff in September.
The service will connect Capital Retail Park and Cardiff City Stadium with Pengam Green (Tesco). The leading Welsh transport provider is also renaming and extending its current X8 route as part of its strategic network plans.
NAT Group will begin operation of the C2 service, part of its Cross City network, on Monday 7 September. It will run every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday. In conjunction with the C2 launch, the existing X8 route, which connects Cardiff City Centre with Cardiff Bay to the south and Thornhill to the north, will be renamed C8 to correspond with NAT Group’s Cross City ‘Cardiff’ network branding. Going forwards, all NAT bus routes in Cardiff will start with the prefix ‘C’, while the ‘X’ prefix will be reserved for Cross Country services.
NAT Group Managing Director, Adam Keen, said: “The introduction of the C2 and the extension and re-brand of the now C8, are just two of the significant changes to our network that we are steadily rolling out. They represent a major step forward for us as a business, but more importantly, they provide new links for the people of Cardiff and are based on feedback received from bus users and our colleagues. It is our long-term intention to update and streamline the services we offer to ensure that we provide useful routes and a positive customer experience. We are making fast and substantial progress and would urge people to try these new routes so that they have the best possible chance of success.
“Already this year, we have introduced Cardiff’s very first Demand Responsive Transport service, and we have also taken over the key ‘TrawsHafren’ bus route connecting South Wales and Bristol. This has all been on top of the considerable new safety measures introduced by us to coincide with government regulations and ensure that we are going above and beyond where customer safety is concerned.”