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Flexible transport scheme launched

A flexible bus service for people living in rural communities has been launched in Pembrokeshire.

Bwcabus, a collaboration between Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire County Councils, in partnership with TrawsCymru, the long distance bus service for Wales, offers a bus service that is tailored to the needs of passengers by allowing them to book a bus when it is required.

The brainchild of Stuart Cole, Emeritus Professor of Transport at the University of South Wales Treforest, Bwcabus travels along fixed and variable routes, linking communities to transport hubs across Pembrokeshire.

“Bwcabus is a modern day, flexible public service for those living in our more isolated areas,” said Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet member for the Environment and Welsh Language, Councillor Cris Tomos.

“It allows users to book a bus journey up to a month in advance along set routes that link in with scheduled services across Pembrokeshire and beyond.

“As a result of this some areas are now being served by public transport for the first time and that can only benefit people living in these communities.”

The Bwcabus service has been extended from Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion to Pembrokeshire as part of the LINC project, which has received a grant of £1.8million through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (RDP), which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

To use the service, potential passengers must register their details with Bwcabus and tell them where and when they would like to go and they will book it for you.

For more information contact Bwcabus on 01239 801 601 or visit http://www.bwcabus.traveline-cymru.info/ 

CAPTION: All aboard the Bwcabus: From left to right: Cllr Cefin Campbell (Carmarthenshire County Council Executive Board Member for Communities and Rural Affairs), Cllr Bob Kilmister (Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Finance), Cllr Cris Tomos (Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Welsh Language, Cllr Alun Williams (Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Assets, Transport and Carbon Management), Stuart Cole (Emeritus Professor of Transport at the University of South Wales).

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