Cardiff Bus launches biggest network review in a decade

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Following the first major review of its services in 10 years, Cardiff Bus is making significant changes to its network.

The changes will come into effect on July 21 and include 51 bus services in Cardiff and the eastern part of the Vale of Glamorgan.

This includes eight routes being replaced by six new services. Other services will see stops removed or added, the frequency increased or decreased and changes to evening and Sunday services.

Also included will be new services to Ocean Way and Cardiff Gate Business Park. Cardiff Bus has also created another two new services for over the summer period – the 91 to Mermaid Quay and Penarth Pier and the X99 to Barry Island.

As part of the network overhaul, the X91 Sunday service to Cardiff Airport is being stopped, although the two-hourly service from Monday to Saturday remains unchanged. Overall, the changes effect 40% of the Cardiff Bus network.

Cardiff Bus’ Operations and Commercial Director Peter Heath said: “We tend to review all of our services on an annual basis. However, recently it has been more about addressing congestion in the city centre. It’s the first time we’ve really appraised the services and looked at what the demand is.”

The review was undertaken by transport consultants TAS and the municipally-owned operator said many of the changes are in line with its recommendations. The revised network will also reflect the reduction in funding from the Welsh Government which it believes will “adversely affect” the company from next April.

Gareth Stevens, Business Development Manager at Cardiff Bus, said the majority of public feedback was good and that 60 to 70 people turned up to a consultation held in Radyr and 15 to another in Ely.