First Cymru says date remains to be confirmed but resources will be focussed on ‘core’ Swansea – Cardiff corridor
First Cymru has confirmed it is to withdraw the Cardiff to Bristol Airport section of its Greyhound coach service.
A spokesperson told CBW: “Since the Greyhound coach service to Bristol Airport began in March 2013 we have worked hard to grow passenger numbers. Unfortunately, in spite of the hard work and commitment of all of the staff involved in Greyhound, we have not been able to reach a point where the service is economically viable along this section of route. As a result, we have made a decision to withdraw the section of route between Cardiff and Bristol Airport – the exact date that this will happen, will be confirmed shortly.
“Instead of running from Swansea all the way through to Bristol Airport, we will instead focus on strengthening our core service between Cardiff and Swansea. Our intention is to try and expand this in the months and years ahead, to keep pace with developments along the route (such as the Coed Darcy housing development, and the Swansea Bay University Campus).
“People wishing to travel between South Wales and Bristol Airport after the changes take effect should look to use rail services, connecting with bus services in Bristol instead. For instance, you can catch a First Great Western train to Bristol Temple Meads station, changing there to the fast and frequent Bristol Flyer bus service to the airport. The latter leaves from just outside the station forecourt.”
With an ageing coach fleet expected to require replacement in the near future, asked whether the remaining Swansea to Cardiff coach service would be integrated into the Cymru Clipper interurban bus network, the spokesperson said she was “not in a position to comment on either of these things at this stage.”