TrawsCymru T22 launch delayed again amid continuing EV problems

A taste of things to come: On July 9, this TrawsCymru Optare turned up at Blaenau Ffestiniog on a 3B service from Porthmadog. Road traffic accidents had delayed T2 TrawsCymru buses and Lloyd’s Coaches swapped vehicles with the 3B to minimise T2 delays. The 3B will be subsumed into the TrawsCymru T22.

Introduction of the T22 TrawsCymru service between Caernarfon, Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog has been further delayed because no depot with charging facilities is available.

In October 2020, the Welsh Government announced £3.6m for six new electric buses and charging points for two new services, the T22 and the T19 between Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog. The intention was to operate both routes from a depot in Blaenau Ffestiniog but, after planning difficulties, a different site was chosen in Porthmadog.

The launch of the electric buses was postponed to autumn 2022, but Transport for Wales has confirmed that this is now expected in spring 2023. The T22 will not be introduced before the electric buses are ready for service. It is expected to dovetail with the T2 Aberystwyth to Bangor service north of Porthmadog.

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