The concluding half of MALCOLM COWTAN’S Trawscymru T2 journey across Wales takes place with pandemic restrictions in effect

It is fully five months since I did the first leg of the T2 from Bangor to Porthmadog in early March 2020. I did not even suspect what lay ahead only a matter of days after that, and do not need to elaborate on the reasons for the delay in completing the second part of the route.

This is the first time I have ventured onto public transport since then, so it is with some trepidation that I arrive at the Australia bus stop in Porthmadog, equipped with hand sanitiser, face covering, and, as an added precaution, rubber gloves. I am catching the 10:20 southbound T2. The T2 timetable offers only three daily journeys from Bangor through to Aberystwyth; pre lockdown there were seven.

I am waiting at The Australia, at the new TrawsCymru branded bus shelter many of which have recently been installed across the network. Waiting with me are two other aspiring passengers who appear to be on holiday.

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