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News Update: January 2017

 

Three more years of Gower Sunday Explorer!

 

The popular Gower Sunday bus services funding has now been approved by Swansea Rural Development Partnership and will restart this Easter with the contract running through to 2019.

 

The service plan is for 25 days of operation, starting at Easter weekend, then May Day weekend and then every Sunday & Bank Holiday from Spring Holiday weekend to 1st October.

 

Buses will run from Swansea to Rhossili every hour from 0915 to 1715 with five services starting back at Swansea Train Station. Three buses per day will run to Llanrhidian, Llanmadoc & Llangennith.

 

City & County of Swansea will manage the contract with BayTrans providing marketing support.

 

Manchester to Swansea Bay for just £26!

 

Yes, if you’re over 55* and travel before 25 February 2017, this and similarly priced travel options from other Arriva Trains Wales stations, a short break in Swansea, Gower^ or the Valleys is yours for this fare.

 

*proof of age required

 

^for short break (3 days) you can buy your bus tickets for unlimited travel in Swansea, Mumbles and Gower (Explore Gower) when you buy your train ticket

 

Developments in Mumbles

 

Mumbles’ bright new Oyster Wharf development is now open with a stylish new restaurant and a quirky café bar. Mumbles can be reached in just over 20 minutes from Swansea by bus every 15 minutes daytime, weekdays. Both places are open until at least 23.00 hrs every evening of the week and it is reassuring that buses back to Swansea run as late as 23.23 hrs (Sundays last bus is at 18.58 hrs).

 

Changes to buses to Waterfalls Country

 

First Cymru has made some service changes from 2 January which means the X58 Clipper service to Coelbren has been replaced by a slightly slower 58 now terminating at Banwen, 2 kilometres from Henrhyd Falls; it still serves Aberdulais National Trust Tinworks & Waterfall site. The X55 to the Vale of Neath stays unchanged and this directly links to Melincourt Falls and to the large number of famous waterfalls around Pontneddfechan.

 

Swansea Valley bus service improvements

 

Service X50 & X51 has been re-equipped with newer vehicles giving more comfortable journeys. This popular route serves key towns in the Swansea Valley and, as it has late evening services back to Swansea, is a viable means of getting to the popular Pontardawe Arts Centre (2 minutes’ walk from the bus stop). Service X50 now also runs on Sundays with four journeys each way between Swansea and Pontardawe, via Morriston and Clydach.

 

Brecon and the National Park has a hugely improved bus service from Swansea

 

The Swansea to Brecon bus route now features an hourly frequency* on Mondays to Saturdays and five services a day on Sundays and Bank Holidays. (*previously there were just five buses a day weekdays only)

 

This is the best ever service and the route, to be numbered T6, is part of the Traws Cymru national long-distance network, with connections at Brecon into other bus routes; it is to get new vehicles from February 2017. The Powys Rover day ticket permits unlimited travel throughout the National Park and beyond, including on to Hay on Wye and Abergavenny.

 

As well as Brecon, this route directly serves two major tourist attractions; Aberdulais Tinworks & Waterfall; and the National Showcaves Centre for Wales.

 

London & Bristol to Swansea Bay: normal train services resume

 

Following the autumn major engineering work in the Severn Tunnel and closure of the railway through Cardiff Central over Christmas/New Year train services to the Swansea Bay area are completely back to normal as from 4 January.

 

It is worth emphasising that there are 19 trains per day from London Paddington to Swansea on Mondays to Saturdays (slightly fewer on Sundays) giving an incredibly good service with many fare bargains if you book in advance.

 

Central Bristol and Bristol Airport (bus link to Temple Meads station) are conveniently linked to Swansea Bay every hour via interchange at either Bristol Parkway or Cardiff.

 

Details of the train services and fares from Great Western Railway

 

Welcome to train travellers to Swansea

 

The provision of tourist and other information to visitors arriving by train at Swansea has been transformed.

 

In a joint initiative led by Arriva Trains Wales and supported by Visit Swansea Bay and BayTrans, there is a regular supply of tourist and local travel information available at the Information Hub at Swansea station.

 

Station staff in contact with the public, are regularly briefed on assisting visitors with their enquiries.

 

The local Metro bus service leaves frequently from outside the station to the city centre, various tourist attractions and the Liberty Stadium.

 

On Sundays, there are three direct buses from the station to Rhossili and other parts of the Gower peninsula.

 

Consult our Visitor Travel Guide in pdf

 

To assist you in finding your way to visitor attractions throughout the Swansea Bay area, consult our Swansea Bay Visitor Travel Guide this year, available as a pdf – download it here.

 

Our 2016 Guide is still current and information remains valid except that Gower Sunday services are withdrawn for the winter months.

A new and updated Guide will be published in PDF form from Easter 2017.

 

You will also find everything you need to know on the BayTrans website

 

Gower Sunday bus services

 

Sunday buses have now ceased for the winter months.

Application has been made to the Swansea Rural Development Partnership for funding to continue the hourly service for a further three years.

 

If successful, service will recommence at Easter 2017 and run on Easter, May, Spring & Summer bank holiday weekends; and every Sunday in June, July, August and September. 

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