Bwcabus enjoyed ‘strong passenger growth’

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Funding for the continuation of the innovative Bwcabus network in south-west Wales had not been confirmed as Buses went to press, less than two months before the end of temporary Welsh government funding in lieu of European Union grant aid.

Newly disclosed statistics, from an April 2020 review for Transport for Wales, reveal strong pre-pandemic passenger growth on Bwcabus and subsidy per passenger of at least £10.

In December, the Cardiff government said it was appraising a Bwcabus business case from Carmarthenshire Council, the lead local authority for Bwcabus.

In early February, a Carmarthenshire spokesperson said: ‘We are currently awaiting the outcome of a funding bid which will influence the decision as regards to the future of the service.’

It also said it was reviewing all technology options for Bwcabus, including the Fflecsi demand-responsive system established last year by TfW to sustain services after Covid-19 restriuctions greatly reduce bus patronage. Bwcabus’s own booking system has not evolved to offer online bookings, according to last year’s review.

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