A pilot scheme that offers free weekend bus travel on the TrawsCymru network across Wales, has led to a 77% increase in passengers using the Aberystwyth to Bangor service.
The scheme, which was launched by the Welsh Government in July, is designed to boost visitors and has a budget of up to £1m set aside for the initiative, the scheme will run every weekend until May 2018.
Ceredigion County Council Cabinet member for transport, Councillor Alun Williams, told fellow councillors that the Welsh Government initiative has been very popular.
Cllr Williams said the service between Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest had seen a 39% per cent increase in passengers, and a 52% increase between Aberystwyth and Carmarthen, but the biggest increase, 77%, was on the T2 service between Aberystwyth to Bangor, which is bigger than the 73% increase in passengers seen across the network as a whole.
The Welsh Government has said that it will use the pilot scheme for a better understanding on how such reductions affect demand for public transport before deciding on its future beyond May 2018.
TrawsCymru offer the daily T2 service between Bangor – Porthmadog – Dolgellau – Aberystwyth, and is free on Saturday and Sunday, there is no need to book.
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