No fare to pay on TrawsCymru, that is, nor on a Saturday in a Welsh government experiment to encourage more use of public transport at weekends. But as RHODRI CLARK reports, the industry has serious concerns that the initiative could backfire, particularly if demand regularly exceeds bus operators’ ability to supply.

Passengers with luggage board a free T2 service, a Lloyd’s Coaches Optare MetroCity, at Bangor on 29 July. RHODRI CLARK

On the bright and sunny morning of Saturday 8 July, a remarkable experiment began in Wales with the abolition of all fares at weekends on the seven TrawsCymru routes.


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