Students have taken to Swansea’s new Unibus services like ducks to water but changing the habits of the second city’s permanent population takes longer, as RHODRI CLARK discovered on a recent visit

Students queue to board Wright Eclipse Gemini 2-bodied Volvo B9TL 36213 (BJ12 VWV) on Unibus service 8 in mid-afternoon at the Bay Campus temporary bus stop.

It is an almost surreal experience to be anywhere in Wales on a Tuesday afternoon and watch a double-decker fill up with passengers who are all young adults.

Full buses of any size are now something of a rarity in Wales, even during the morning and evening peaks in many areas. With free concessionary pass holders now accounting for at least 46% of all bus journeys in the principality, a bus in which none of the passengers has grey hair is almost unheard of.

I am observing a Unibus-branded First Cymru Volvo B9TL with Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 body at Swansea University’s Bay Campus, which opened in 2015 almost 4miles east of the city centre.


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