February 9, 2015
Transport Minister Edwina Hart has announced funding to secure the future of the Bwcabus service in West Wales.
Bwcabus is a demand responsive public transport system that provides rural communities with access to employment, health and other essential services. The service has helped lift rural communities out of isolation and deprivation by giving people the opportunity to travel more freely using public transport and connect to locations where economic opportunities exist.
Bwcabus is integrated with the Governments flagship public transport Traws Cymru service, enabling rural communities to regularly connect into the Traws network and to travel throughout Wales.
Bwcabus has been awarded £108,000 for the first quarter of 2015-16. The project partners are working together to seek EU funding to further develop the successful service and secure its long term future.
Transport Minister Edwina Hart said:
“Bus services provide vital access to employment and services, particularly in rural areas. The Bwcabus service links many communities in the Teifi Valley and southern Ceredigion that have little or no other public transport, cutting journey times to essential services and providing links to core bus and train networks.”
Councillor Alun Williams, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Transport said:
“Bwcabus provides a vital service for small communities that lack the population to sustain a regular bus service. At this time of shrinking finances, it provides a demand-responsive transport solution that keeps people connected without wastage and is viewed as a model for other rural areas. I’m hopeful that, with the continuing commitment of the Minister alongside Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire Councils, European funding will soon be secured to expand the service into other rural areas.”
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