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The extension of the Cardiff-Swansea route will include Bristol airport
The extension of the Cardiff-Swansea route will include Bristol airport

First Cymru’s Greyhound coach services, which currently run between Swansea and Cardiff, are to be extended from March 11 to provide a direct coach link to and from Swansea, Cardiff, Newport and Bristol Airport – it has now been officially confirmed. CBW first broke news of the plans last autumn. It will operate “up to an hourly” weekdays and “up to” two hourly on weekends.

The new service to Bristol Airport will run limited stops, calling at Cardiff Bus Station, Newport Railway Station, University of the West of England (Frenchay Campus), Bristol Bus Station and Bristol Airport in addition to its current route between Swansea and Cardiff. End to end journey time from Swansea Bus Station to Bristol Airport will be two hours and 45 minutes in the off peak (three hours during the morning peak period), while from Cardiff (Bus Station) journeys will take just one hour and 40 minutes.

Marc Reddy, Regional Commercial and Business Growth Director for First in the South West and Wales, said: “The extension of this service is significant. We believe there is real potential for growth here, both from people in Wales who want to be able to access Bristol city centre and Bristol Airport more easily, but also from people and businesses in North Bristol, who for instance will benefit from a direct coach link from the University of the West of England (Frenchay Campus) to Bristol Airport. We anticipate the news will be particularly welcomed by those at UWE, the MOD site in Abbeywood and at Airbus and Rolls Royce, who will no doubt find the new service useful. We believe that the new service will also compliment the existing Airport Flyer service, which we currently operate on behalf of the airport, giving people additional choices over how they get to and from the airport.”

Tickets for the coach, which will be priced from £10, will be available to book in advance via the Greyhound UK website from January 28.