Welsh Government funds new service

A new hourly T5 bus service between Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest has begun operation with funding from Welsh Government. Linking Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, New Quay, Cardigan, Fishguard and Haverfordwest, the new service replaces the current x50 and 412 services and is part of the Welsh Government funded Traws Cymru network. It will operate hourly in each direction on weekdays and Saturdays. A fleet of new Optare MetroCity single deckers will be introduced on the route by the end of April. All of the new vehicles will feature coach style interiors, next stop audio announcements and free wi-fi. The service is funded by the Welsh Government and will be operated by Richard Brothers under contract to Ceredigion County Council.

Transport Minister, Edwina Hart, said, ‘This new service will provide important links to 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. That is why we are upgrading the Traws Cymru network to improve travelling times, accessibility and comfort for passengers. We have listened to the findings of Dr. Victoria Winkler’s review of the TrawsCymru network and taken opportunities to speed up journey times on this route. It has also been designed to connect with TrawsCymru T1 service at Aberaeron for passengers wishing to travel to Lampeter and Carmarthen.’

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