First Cymru wins tender for electric TrawsCymru route

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The new Yutong buses will be the first electric buses to be operated by First Cymru. TfW

Transport for Wales (TfW) has announced First Cymru has successfully tendered to operate the TrawsCymru T1 route.

A new fleet of Yutong E12 electric buses will be introduced from 26 March on the route between Carmarthen and Aberystwyth and a new charging hub will open in Carmarthenshire, with new facilities for drivers and charging infrastructure for the buses.

Supplied by Pelican Bus & Coach, the new buses will offer air-conditioning, reading lights, tables and mobile phone charging sockets.

James Price, CEO of Transport for Wales, said: “We are looking forward to seeing the new electric buses come into service, improving the customer experience and encouraging more people to leave the car at home and choose public transport.”

“Buses have to an important and exciting role to play in Wales’ ongoing move to more sustainable travel,” added Chris Hanson, General Manager of First Cymru. “We are absolutely delighted to have this opportunity to run the T1 route and the stunning electric fleet. People across Wales use First Cymru transport every day right now to move across town and counties in South Wales. But we know many more will do the same as buses evolve to bring all the benefits of electric to customers and their communities.”