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Rural Bwcabus service off to successful start
A pioneering new public transport service for rural Wales is now up and running thanks to funding from the Welsh Assembly Government.
The Bwcabus scheme, which operates between communities in north Carmarthenshire, the Teifi Valley and South Ceredigion, enables passengers to book bus rides from home, via the phone or internet, to link up with conventional bus and train services.
The project had been awarded almost £440,000 of European Convergence Funding from the Welsh European Funding Office. Assembly Government revenue support funding of £350,000 is being provided over three years, plus £159,000 in the form of a Transport Grant. In addition, Carmarthenshire County Council is providing around £83,000.
Ieuan Wyn Jones, Deputy First Minister and Minister for the Economy and Transport said:
"The service helps many people living in rural communities to overcome the barriers to accessing employment, training and other educational opportunities resulting from poor public transport. It is a key commitment of One Wales to drive forward sustainable, local transport initiatives and help to create more sustainable communities.
"The scheme combines the latest technologies including GPS and scheduling software, to achieve a more effective and efficient integrated rural public transport network."
Mr Jones added:
"The Welsh Assembly Government has a commitment to ensure economic prosperity for the whole of our country – north and south, east and west, and in rural and urban communities alike, and that demands effective transport links that allow quick and efficient movement of people and freight."
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