THE NEW hourly T5 bus service between Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest starts operating on Monday, 5 January, 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 more fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly Optare MetroCity single deck buses will be introduced for the route by the end of April. All of the new vehicles will feature coach style interiors, next stop audio announcements and free WiFi for passengers.
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 traveling 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.”
Councillor Alun Williams, Cabinet Member for Transport at Ceredigion County Council said “Good bus services are vital to the economy of Ceredigion. We’re very pleased to be able to provide this significantly improved service in partnership with the Welsh Government. The new T5 will add to the other bus improvements we’ve made in the last year to give excellent links across the whole length of the county and beyond.”