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More buses to Highlight Park, Barry!

80 days ago Wed 29th Aug 2018

More buses to Highlight Park from Monday 3 September

We're pleased to announce that following customer feedback and with the support of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, we will be running an extra 3 afternoon buses on service 98 to/from Highlight Park, Barry, starting from Monday 3rd September*.  These additional journeys will be for a 3 month trial period and continuation beyond the trial period will be dependant upon the level of usage we see.

The times of the additional buses are as follows:

  • from Barry town centre to Highlight Park will leave King Square at 15:06, 16:06 and 17:06.
  • from Highlight Park to Barry town centre will leave Cambourne Close at 15:23, 16:23 and 17:23.

Please click here to view the full service 98 timetable.

Below is the official press release from the Vale of Glamorgan Council regarding the extension of service 98:

"The Council is pleased to announce that in co-operation with Cardiff Bus, the number of journeys available for passengers on bus service 98 (Highlight Park to King Square Barry via Morrisons) will increase from 3rd September 2018 until 21st December 2018.

The Council has secured funding for additional afternoon journeys (Mondays to Fridays) for a limited period of time in an attempt to significantly grow passenger numbers on this service and make it viable for Cardiff Bus to continue these journeys on a commercial basis (without support) beyond December 2018.

Cardiff Bus had previously taken the difficult decision to reduce the frequency of Bus number 98 as passenger numbers and revenue did not make the service financially viable at certain times of the day. This agreement between the Council and Cardiff Bus now means that Vale of Glamorgan residents, especially local bus users, can now benefit from a temporary extended timetable and have a real opportunity to make it viable to continue beyond 2018.

In November 2018 passenger growth on Service 98 will be analysed and Cardiff Bus will then make a decision on whether or not they can continue to operate the service, with the increased frequency, on a commercial basis. Local residents are therefore encouraged to use the service in order for the additional journeys to continue and for these journeys to be commercial."

Cllr Cox, Cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services and Transport said:

“the effective use of Section 106 sustainable transport money has made the additional journeys for this service possible. However, the money available will only support the additional journeys for a short time. A number of residents have called on Cardiff Bus to provide additional journeys on this service and that is what will now be happening with the Council’s support for just under a four month period.

If after this period passenger numbers on bus service 98 do not increase enough to make the service commercial (i.e. without any need for subsidy from the Council), Cardiff Bus will reduce the frequency of the service to the same level as it is today. Residents are therefore encouraged to use the service over the coming months to prove that the service can be provided by Cardiff Bus on a commercial basis."

 

* short notice registration has been sent to the Welsh Traffic Commissioner, subject to approval.

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