September Service Changes

10 months ago Mon 7th Aug 2023

  • Updated 23 August
    New routes 101 and 102 will provide a partial weekday replacement for withdrawn routes 51/53, 64, 65/65A & 66. Please see new routes 101 and 102 below for timetable and route information.

For the last few months all bus operators across Wales have been working with Welsh Government, Regional Authorities and Local Authorities to work through the funding challenges that are coming to the fore as Pandemic support is being withdrawn.  There have been many news stories reflecting these discussions, and the funding challenges ahead for buses; the mode of transport that carries almost 80% of all public transport journeys in Wales.

These funding challenges mean the current levels of support being made to all bus operators cannot be maintained.  All bus operators have been working collaboratively with all levels of government to amend networks to work within the fixed funding allocation that has been made available.

In our case, which is not the case for all operators, during pre-pandemic times more than 90% of our revenue came from customers making journeys with us.  However, like all bus operators in Wales, and across the UK, when the pandemic struck we had to quickly change service levels to reflect government directions. We received new subsidies to maintain the existing network and the capacity as we moved out of those levels of restrictions.  It is this support that is now coming to an end. 

At present we are seeing just over 80% of pre-pandemic customers returning to our services. This is now the new base level that we must work from as we move back to operating with reducing support.  These are hard decisions, but we must make changes to maintain a sustainable network in Cardiff and eastern Vale of Glamorgan.

The changes are set out below.  For new timetables we have had to factor in additional journey time as we try and make sure these are robust to navigate the worsened levels of traffic congestion we face.  We also need to fully consider the changes that have been made to road layouts, loss of highway and junction capacity for bus movements, as well as preparation for new speed limits that affect journey times.

Network Map

Please click here to download our network map.  

Timetables and Routes

1 & 2 (City Circle)
Revised timetable and journeys will operate via Bute Street instead of Dumballs Road.  Weekday AM and PM journeys via Ocean Way are withdrawn and replaced by new route 3 (see below).
Click here for 1 & 2 timetable.

4: City Centre - Leckwith
Revised timetable will be in operation.
Click here for 4 timetable.

6: City Centre - Cardiff Bay (Baycar)
Revised timetable and all journeys will start and end at Canal Street in the city centre.  The service will no longer operate via County Hall but instead operate direct via Lloyd George Avenue.
Click here for 6 timetable.

7: Cardiff - Penarth
Revised timetable will be in operation. Buses will also call at Wood Street (stop JR) outside the BBC Wales HQ after Canal Street (stop JF) and St. Mary Street (stop JS). For the main service between Cardiff and Penarth see routes 92, 93 and 94 below.
Click here for 7 timetable.

9: UHW Heath Hospital - City Centre - Sports Village 
Revised timetable and all journeys now run up to every 12 minutes as route 9 (route 8 will no longer operate from the city centre to UHW Heath Hospital).  For Corporation Road use revised 1, 2 and new 8 (see New Services section below).  For Atlantic Wharf / County Hall see new 8 (see New Services section below). Buses will also call at Wood Street (stop JR) outside the BBC Wales HQ after serving Westgate Street (stop KD).
Click here for 9 timetable.

11: City Centre- Pengam Green
Revised timetable and journeys to the city centre will operate via Dumfries Place, Greyfriars Road, Kingsway, Castle Street and Westgate Street.  However after 21:00 on Friday and Saturday evenings buses will run via Station Terrace and Bute Terrace to Hayes Bridge Road, due to Lower St. Mary Street evening road closures for crowd safety.
Click here for 11 timetable.

13: City Centre - Ely - Drope
Revised timetable will be in operation. Buses will start from Wood Street JB (not JA) and also call at Westgate Street before the next stop at Cardiff Bridge.
Click here for 13 timetable.

17 & 18: City Centre - Ely
Revised timetable and journeys to the city centre will set down in Park Street (rear of HMRC building) if required.  Some journeys will also end here to ease congestion at the bus stop on Westgate Street.
Click here for 17 & 18 timetable.

21 & 23: City Centre - Pantmawr
Revised timetable will be in operation.
Click here for 21 & 23 timetable.

24 & 25: City Centre - Llandaff
Revised timetable and journeys on route 25 will start from Wood Street JB (not JA) and also call at Westgate Street before the next stop at Cardiff Bridge.
Click here for 24 & 25 timetable.

27: City Centre - Thornhill
Revised timetable will be in operation.
Click here for 27 timetable.

28, 28A & 28B: City Centre - Thornhill
Revised timetable and journeys now operate as route 28 or 29.
Click here for 28 & 29 timetable.

Service 28 will operate as the current 28B route (via Fidlas Road and not Fishguard Road or Park Ty Glas).   

Service 29 will operate to and from Llanishen Village Church Inn (not Thornhill) via Fishguard Road, Ty Glas Avenue and Ty Glas Road.  This section of route will be under review as we are frequently having to divert away due to inconsiderate parking along Fishguard Road.

Journeys to the city centre on both routes will operate via Dumfries Place, Greyfriars Road, Kingsway, Castle Street and Westgate Street.  However after 21:00 on Friday and Saturday evenings buses will operate via Station Terrace and Bute Terrace to Hayes Bridge Road, due to Lower St. Mary Street evening road closures for crowd safety.

30: Cardiff (City Centre) - Newport
Revised timetable and the city centre terminal point for service 30 will change from Customhouse Street stop JL (south side) to Customhouse Street JG (north side). Journeys to the city centre will operate via Dumfries Place, Greyfriars Road, Kingsway, Castle Street and Westgate Street.
Click here for 30 timetable.

35: City Centre - Gabalfa
Revised timetable and the city centre terminal point for service 35 will change to Westgate Street KP. Journeys to and from the city centre will operate via Kingsway and North Road.  Stops at Wyndham Arcade, Bute Terrace, Churchill Way and Dumfries Place will no longer be served.
Click here for 35 timetable.

44 & 45: City Centre - St. Mellons
Revised timetable. Journeys on service 44 will operate via the full length of Hendre Road in Trowbridge, then via Llaneirwg Way to St, Mellons Police Station not operating via Tresigin Road due to ongoing parking issues.  Also, journeys on route 45 will operate less often via Cae Glas Road due to ongoing parking issues.
Click here for 44 & 45 timetable.

49 & 50: City Centre - Llanrumney
Revised timetable and services changed to operate on a circular basis around Llanrumney estate.
Click here for 49 & 50 timetable.

Service 49 will follow the current route to Llanrumney Avenue then operate to the city centre via Countisbury Avenue (Good Companions), Burnham Avenue, Ball Road, Llanrumney Avenue and Newport Road.

Service 50 will follow the current route to Countisbury Avenue (top shops) then via Llanrumney Avenue and Newport Road and back to the city centre.

This means the section of Burnham Avenue between Ball Road shops and Llanrumney Avenue roundabout is no longer served by either route 49 and 50.

Click here for 49 & 50 Llanrumney estate route map.

52: City Centre - Cyncoed
Revised timetable. The city centre terminal point for this service will change from Customhouse Street JG to Wyndham Arcade (Lower St. Mary Street). Journeys to the city centre operate will operate via Dumfries Place, Greyfriars Road, Kingsway, Castle Street and Westgate Street.  However after 21:00 on Friday and Saturday evenings buses will run via Station Terrace and Bute Terrace to Hayes Bridge Road, due to Lower St. Mary Street evening road closures for crowd safety.
Click here for 52 timetable.

On weekdays, a new direct morning journey will run from Cyncoed to UHW Heath Hospital as new route 54 – see New Services section below.

Click here for the timetable for buses from Cardiff Met Cyncoed to Cardiff Met Llandaff, and to the city centre during term time.

57 & 58: City Centre - Pontprennau
Revised timetable. The city centre terminal point for these services will change from Customhouse Street JG to Wyndham Arcade (Lower St. Mary Street). Journeys to the city centre will operate via Dumfries Place, Greyfriars Road, Kingsway, Castle Street and Westgate Street. However after 21:00 on Friday and Saturday evenings buses will operate via Station Terrace and Bute Terrace to Hayes Bridge Road, due to Lower St. Mary Street evening road closures for crowd safety.
Click here for 57 & 58 timetable.

On weekdays, a new direct morning journey will operate from Pontprennau, Pentwyn and Llanedeyrn to UHW Heath Hospital as new service 54 – see New Services section below.

59: City Centre - St. Edeyrns Village
Revised timetable and journeys to the city centre will operate via Dumfries Place Greyfriars Road, Kingsway, Castle Street and Westgate Street.
Click here for 59 timetable.

61: City Centre - Pentrebane
Revised timetable. Journeys to the city centre will set down in Park Street (rear of HMRC building) if required.  Some journeys will also end here to ease congestion at the bus stop on Westgate Street.
Click here for 61 timetable.

62 & 63: City Centre - Rhydlafar (62) / Radyr (63)
Revised timetable. Buses will start from Wood Street JB (not JA) and also call at Westgate Street before the next stop at Cardiff Bridge.
Click here for 62 & 63 timetable.

92, 93 & 94: Cardiff (City Centre) - Penarth - Barry
Revised timetable. The city centre terminal point for these services will change to Wood Street, stop JA, on the opposite side of the road to BBC Wales HQ.
Click here for 92, 93 & 94 timetable.

95: Cardiff (City Centre) - Barry
Revised timetable.
Click here for 95 timetable.

All journeys will operate between Cardiff City Centre and Barry (Morrisons) not serving The Waterfront, Broad Street or Barry Island. Barry Island will be served by new route B1 Mondays to Saturdays daytime (see New Services section below).  Sunday buses to Barry Island will be provided by route 96.

On weekdays the first morning journey from Barry will continue to start at Barry Island, however the route will be revised to operate via the usual 95 route through Gibbonsdown and Llandough instead of Weston Square and Penarth Road.

Additionally, an early morning weekday journey will extend from Cardiff City Centre to UHW Heath Hospital via Westgate Street and North Road.  

96: Cardiff (City Centre) - Barry
Revised timetable. Buses will also call at Westgate Street before the next stop at Cardiff Bridge.
Click here for 96 timetable.

Most journeys will operate via Colcot (Winston Square) in both directions. Evening and Sunday journeys will operate as service 96 not 96A. However, to aid timekeeping at peak hours certain weekday AM and PM peak journeys will omit Colcot (Winston Square) and operate via Colcot Arms roundabout instead. 

From Colcot (Winston Square) there remains 4 buses per hour to and from Barry Town Centre as new services B1 and B2 (via Gibbonsdown) twice per hour (see New Services section below); and revised 96 via Colcot Road and Jenner Road twice per hour.

School Services 93S and 604 to 615
Revised timetables.
Click here to see the school service timetables.

M1: MET Rider Cyncoed MET Campus - Llandaff MET Campus 
Revised timetable. 
Click here for the timetable for buses from Cardiff Met Cyncoed to Cardiff Met Llandaff, and to the city centre during term time.

City Centre Bus Stopping Arrangements

Most services will have revised city centre bus stopping arrangements.
Please click here for the new guide for where to catch your bus in the city centre.

Withdrawn Routes

5: City Centre - Sports Village 
Routes 1 and 2 will operate via Bute Street (instead of Dumballs Road) which will offer a direct link into the city centre as well as a direct bus to Grangetown, Canton and UHW Heath Hospital.

12: Leckwith - Drope
No direct replacement is planned at this stage and Cardiff Council are considering their tender opportunities.  Drope will continue to be served by route 13 and Leckwith Retail Park remains served by route 95.

15: City Centre - Ely - UHW Heath Hospital 
No direct replacement is planned at this stage and Cardiff Council are considering their tender opportunities.  However, a partial replacement in new route 14 will operate weekdays to arrive at UHW at 07:50 from Caerau and Ely (see New Services section below).

32: City Centre - St. Fagans
No direct replacement is planned at this stage and Cardiff Council are considering their tender opportunities. 

51 & 53: City Centre - Pentwyn - City Centre
No direct replacement is planned at this stage and Cardiff Council are considering their tender opportunities.  However, on weekdays an early morning journey on new route 54 (see New Services section below) will offer a direct link to UHW Heath Hospital.  For Pentwyn and Llanederyn, services 57 & 58 remain unaltered in the route they follow but will have a new timetable.   For Cyncoed, the route of service 52 will remain unaltered but there will be a new timetable.

  • Updated 23 August
    New routes 101 and 102 will provide a partial weekday replacement for withdrawn routes 51/53, 64, 65/65A & 66. Please see new routes 101 and 102 below for timetable and route information.

64: City Centre - Pentrebane - Danescourt - UHW Heath Hospital 
No direct replacement is planned at this stage and Cardiff Council are considering their tender opportunities. For Fairwater and Pentrebane, the route of service 61 will remain unchanged, but there will be a new timetable.  For Danescourt, routes 62 and 63 will follow their existing route but with a new timetable.  For Llandaff North routes 24 and 25 will follow their current routes, but with a new timetable.

  • Updated 23 August
    New routes 101 and 102 will provide a partial weekday replacement for withdrawn routes 51/53, 64, 65/65A & 66. Please see new routes 101 and 102 below for timetable and route information.

65 & 65A: UHW Heath Hospital - St. Mellons / Llanrumney
No direct replacement is planned at this stage and Cardiff Council are considering their tender opportunities.  A partial weekday direct journey is introduced on new route 54 (see New Services section below) to offer a direct bus arriving at UHW Heath Hospital at 07:40. Please see details above for revisions to routes 44, 45, 49 & 50 that operate in Llanrumney and St. Mellons. 

  • Updated 23 August
    New routes 101 and 102 will provide a partial weekday replacement for withdrawn routes 51/53, 64, 65/65A & 66. Please see new routes 101 and 102 below for timetable and route information.

66: City Centre - Fairwater
No direct replacement is planned at this stage and Cardiff Council are considering their tender opportunities. For Llandaff, the route of service 25 will remain unchanged, but there will be a new timetable; similarly for Fairwater, the route of service 61 will remain unchanged, but there will be a new timetable.

  • Updated 23 August
    New routes 101 and 102 will provide a partial weekday replacement for withdrawn routes 51/53, 64, 65/65A & 66. Please see new routes 101 and 102 below for timetable and route information.

96A: Cardiff (City Centre) - Barry
All journeys will run as service 96, please see timetable above in Timetable and Routes section.

97 & 97A: Barry Town Centre - Colcot
Replaced with new services B1 and B2 (see New Services section below) which will run on a 30-minute weekday and 60-minute Saturday frequency, form Colcot (Winston Square) via Gibbonsdown to Barry Town Centre and Barry Morrisons. Service B1 will also run to Barry Island.  For journeys from Colcot to Barry Town Centre and Morrisons via Jenner Road please see revised 96 timetable above in Timetable and Routes section.

98: Barry Town Centre - Highlight Park
New route B1 will run weekdays from Highlight Park to Colcot (Winston Square) then Gibbonsdown to Barry Town Centre, Barry Morrisons and Barry Island.
New Route B2 will run from Cwm Talwg Estate Colcot (Winston Square) then Gibbonsdown to Barry Town Centre, Barry Morrisons.
See New Services section below for B1 and B2 timetables.

There is no direct replacement for North Walk, with closet alternatives being revised route 96 via Jenner Road to Barry Town Centre to new route B2 via Colcot (Winston Square) then Gibbonsdown to Barry Town Centre, Barry Morrisons and Barry Island.

C2: CAVC Rider Cardiff - CAVC Barry - ICAT 
This service will no longer be operated by Cardiff Bus.  Please contact Cardiff & Vale College for further information.

H95: Sports Village - Llandough Hospital Park & Ride 
Cardiff & Vale Health Board funded service with very low usage.  No direct replacement is planned at this stage

X45: St. Mellons - City Centre - Sports Village 
Alternative routes are provided by services 9, 30, 44 & 45.  Our aim is to resume this service once resources permit.

New Services

3: City Centre (Canal Street) – Ocean Way Business Park
Weekday AM and PM peak hour service.
Click here for 3 timetable.

8: City Centre (Canal Street) – Atlantic Wharf / County Hall
New service Mondays to Fridays and Saturdays as partial replacement for existing route 8.  For Customers who travel from Corporation Road to/from Newport Road / City Road and towards UHW Heath Hospital, service 9 maintains this direct link from Clive Street & Clare Road. Buses will also call at Wood Street (stop JR) outside the BBC after serving Canal Street (JF) and St. Mary Street (JS).
Click here for 8 timetable.

14: Caerau and Ely to UHW Heath Hospital
New weekday AM journey running from Caerau and Ely to UHW Heath Hospital (arriving at 07:50) as a partial replacement for current AM journey on route 15.  The service will start from Amroth Road and run via Heol Trelai, Green Farm Road, Grand Avenue, Cowbridge Road West, Western Avenue and Caerphilly Road to UHW Heath Hospital.
Click here for 14 timetable.

54: Rumney, Trowbridge, St. Mellons, Pontprennau, Pentwyn, Llanedeyrn, Cyncoed, Birchgrove to UHW Heath Hospital
New weekday AM journey running from Rumney, St. Mellons and Pentwyn to UHW Heath Hospital (arriving at 07:40) as a partial replacement for routes 65/65A and 51.  The service will start from New Road and run via Greenway Road, Trowbridge Estate, St. Mellons, Newport Road, A48 Eastern Avenue, Heol Pontprennau, Heol Glandulais, Pentwyn Road, Glyn Coed Road, Llanedeyrn Drive, Llanedeyrn Road, Cyncoed Road, Rhydypenau Road, Heathwood Road, Caerphilly Road and Rhydhelig Avenue to UHW Heath Hospital.
Click here for 54 timetable.

101 & 102 Pentrebane - Danescourt - Llandaff - Gabalfa - UHW Heath Hospital - Lakeside - Cyncoed - Pentwyn - Llanedeyrn - Penylan - Llanrumney / St. Mellons.
New weekday daytime services operating approximately every 90 minutes over common sections of route.

Buses on routes 101 and 102 operate from Pentrebane (Beechley Drive) via Pentrebane Road, Pwllmelin Road, Keyston Road, Waterhall Road, Danescourt Way, Llantrisant Road, Bridge Road, College Road, Merthyr Road, The Philog, Birchgrove Road, Caerphilly Road, Rhydhelig Avenue, Heath Park Way, UHW Heath Hospital, King George V Drive, Allensbank Road, Heath Halt Road, Lake Road North, Celyn Avenue, Cyncoed Road, Gwern Rhuddi Road, Pentwyn Road, Glyn Coed Road, Circle Way West, Llanedeyrn Road, Carisbrooke Way, Cyncoed Road, Penylan Road, Colchester Avenue, Newport Road and then:

  • Route 101 continues via Newport Road, Llanrumney Avenue, Ball Road, Burnham Avenue, Countisbury Avenue, Mount Pleasant Avenue, Newport Road, Llaneirwg Way, Willowbrook Drive, Crickhowell Road Willowbrook Drive, Llaneirwg Way, Greenway Road and New Road to Newport Road. From here buses return to Llanedeyrn, UHW Heath Hospital and Pentrebane following the reverse of the above.
     
  • Route 102 operates the reverse of the 101 route above between Newport Road, St. Mellons, Llanrumney, Newport Road and then reverse of the route from Newport Road back to Llanedeyrn, UHW Heath Hospital and Pentrebane as above.

These services are operated on behalf of Cardiff Council.

Please click here for the 101 & 102 timetable
Please click here for the route map

B1: Highlight Park – Colcot – Gibbonsdown – Barry Town Centre – Barry Morrisons – Barry Island (Monday to Saturday)
B2: Cwm Talwg – Colcot – Gibbonsdown – Barry Town Centre – Barry Morrisons (Monday to Friday)

New services to replace much of the current 97, 97A and 98. Hourly on each route and combined over the section between Colcot (Winston Square), Gibbonsdown, Barry Town Centre and Barry Morrisons to run every 30 minutes, with service B1 extending to Barry Island.  B1 and B2 run on Mondays to Fridays; B2 also runs on Saturdays.
Click here for B1 & B2 timetable.
Click here for B1 & B2 route map.

Unchanged Services

H59 Heath Hospital Park & Ride: service remains supported by the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board with no change at this time.

99 Cardiff City Centre - Cardiff Bay - Penarth Seafront & Esplanade: as a reminder the open-top Skycar route 99 between Cardiff and Penarth Pier and Esplanade last day will be 23rd September as originally advertised. 

If you require further assistance regarding any of the above changes, please contact Customer Services: [email protected] or 02920 666 444