Buses will operate in more rural areas
A community mini bus service has been launched in Swansea to help get people to the shops every week.
The new service, introduced by Swansea Council, will include three different routes and residents living in Clydach, Penclawdd, Waunarlwydd, Crofty, Glais and Ynystawe will all be able to order a door to door service between their home and Fforestfach Retail Park.
The council says the services have been developed to ensure people who can’t use conventional bus services or who are living in communities not served by a regular bus services can still travel to other parts of the city.
David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transportation, said: “Some parts of Swansea, particularly in rural areas, are not served with a regular public transport services.
“We decided to develop these community transport services to provide a vital link to essential community facilities and make sure everyone living in our city can have the same opportunities wherever they live.”
The launch of the new community minibus services follows on from the recent reintroduction of a number of public transport services operated by First Bus and funded by the Council.
They include early morning weekday bus services between Clase and Singleton Hospital (41/42) and Sunday evening services (3A, 6, 12, 20, 25, 111, 4, 31 and 36) from the city centre to Oystermouth, Port tenant, Townhill, Dunvant, Caereithin, Loughor Morriston Hospital and Birchgrove.
Cllr Hopkins added: “The reintroduction of these services is in response to requests from the public who told us they wanted to use buses for going to work early in the morning as well as later in the evening.
“We recognise that transport companies need to make decisions of a commercial nature but we are keen to try and support public transport users where services may not always be commercially viable.
“Many of our residents work early morning shifts don’t have access to their own vehicle to get to work. It’s vital we do what we can to support these residents and ensure public transport is a viable alternative.”
The Council confirmed the subsidised bus services will run for the remainder of the financial year (Mar 2017) and will then be reviewed.
The Shopper Services have been funded through a community grant via Unilever and also WG grant funding.
Passengers who want to book a place on the Shopper Services will need to call (01792) 522970 to make a booking at least 24 hours before travelling.