New Adventure takes over First airport service
New Adventure Travel has taken over the contract to run the T9 Cardiff Airport Express service from First in Cymru. The new operator will begin running the service from 17 August and the timetable will remain unchanged. The route runs between the city centre, Cardiff Bay and the airport. The contract was awarded by the Vale of Glamorgan Council following a tender exercise and they will manage the contract. First Cymru announced in June it was to stop running it. The Express bus was launched in August 2013.
An independent report by Professor Cole of the University of South Wales was commissioned by the Welsh Government to review the effectiveness of the T9 shuttle service. It found that despite a number of challenges, the service had made a good start and achieved all that was expected of it in delivering a fast and frequent service between the city centre and airport. It also found passenger numbers appear to have exceeded the initial estimates and the service was already attracting more passengers than the more established train link.
Transport Minister, Edwina Hart, said, ‘We have listened to the findings of Professor Stuart Cole’s report about improving this service and it will continue to provide the fast, frequent public transport link to the city centre that passengers expect. Having quality public transport links is vital to ensure that Cardiff Airport continues to grow.’