Following Arriva Cymru’s decision to withdraw their “Arriva Cymru Express” services 20, 40, 40c and 50 after 21st December 2013, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion County Council have been working with the Welsh Government to find replacement operators and provide alternative services.
We are pleased to announce that new services will be provided from Monday 23rd December 2013.
Services 40 (Aberystwyth – Aberaeron - Lampeter) and 40c (Lampeter – Pencader – Carmarthen) will be operated jointly by Lewis Coaches (Llanrhystud) and First Cymru. There will be a different timetable with slightly longer journey times to allow a more comfortable and punctual service for users.
Services 50 (Aberystwyth – Aberaeron – New Quay – Synod Inn) will be operated by Richards Brothers, and will become part of their existing 550 and X50 services meaning an hourly service between Cardigan, Aberporth, Synod Inn, New Quay, Aberaeron and Aberystwyth, with passengers no longer having to change buses.
There will be opportunities for passengers to connect at Aberaeron between services 40 and 50 so, for example, passengers can travel from Carmarthen/Pencader/Lampeter to Aberaeron and change onto the bus for New Quay/Aberporth/Cardigan and vice-versa.
The new services will also integrate with the “Bwcabus” network and through ticketing will be introduced.
The fares for these services will be different from those previously being charged by Arriva Cymru, in order to ensure that all operators involved charge the same fares. Tickets issues by Richards Bros, First Cymru and Lewis Coaches will be accepted on each other’s journeys where they operate along the same routes. Day return and twelve trip tickets will be available and the “West Wales Rover Ticket” will also be available to buy and use on these services.
The services will also accept “Explore Wales” and “Cymru Connect” tickets enabling passengers to travel on both rail and bus with a single ticket, and “Plusbus” tickets within Carmarthen Town.
This new network of services will run for approximately six months, until the Summer of 2013, whilst the Wales Government looks at options for the longer term future of nationally strategic transport services.. Funding for these replacement services is limited, and not all elements of the existing network have been replaced.
There will be no Sunday services at present on these routes, and there will be no service on 25th or 26th December, 1st January, Good Friday (18th April), Easter Monday (21st April), or May Bank Holiday Mondays (5th May and 26th May).
Service 20 has not been replaced, passengers wishing to travel to and from Swansea and Cardiff can use Bryan’s Coaches service 701 or use the 40 and 40c to connect at Carmarthen with the rail service. Service 701 also operates on Sundays and some Bank Holidays.
The new timetables are available to download from the links, right.