Bus stop changes due to St David’s House demolition

By Raspberry Jim,

Bus stop alterations and route changes are set to come into effect from January due to the demolition of Cardiff’s St David’s House in the city centre.

The area, which is located on Wood Street opposite the new Central Square development, is being redeveloped and will see the withdrawal of the existing bus stops on that street from Sunday 6th January.

These include service 4, which will depart from the Royal Hotel bus stop on Westgate Street; and service 18, which will follow the same route as service 17 entering the city centre via Westgate Street, not serving Wood Street, Tudor Street or Clare Street.

Additionally, from 6th January, services 54 (to Cyncoed), 95A, 95B and 95C (to set-down) will use bus stop JV on Wood Street which is located outside Southgate House.  Services 92/93/94 will start and end at stop JQ,a new bus stop located on the opposite side of the road, outside the new BBC Wales building.  Service 95 to UHW Heath Hospital will move to Westgate Street stop KP.

Finally, services 96 and 96A will enter the city via Westgate Street and set-down at stops KD and KH; service X45 from Cardiff Bay Retail Park towards St Mellons will travel straight to Westgate Street (Royal Hotel); and Capital Links service X91 will start from Canal Street instead of Customhouse Street.

Commercial manager at Cardiff Bus Gareth Stevens said “With the demolition of St David’s House set to take place in January, we are alerting our customers to a small number of bus stop and route changes.

“From January 6th services from Wood Street will be departing from different stops while this work is undertaken.

“We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and would encourage customers to visit our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages to find out more.”

Cardiff Bus’s information centre will also be relocating from the city’s library to Westgate Street in 2019, with more details on the date set to be released in the new year.

Alongside this the trial extension on service 98 will end and the service will revert back to its pre-September 2018 timetable. 

Mr Stevens added: “We have worked with the Vale of Glamorgan Council and existing customers to raise the awareness of the trial afternoon service.  Regrettably, despite best endeavours, we have not seen the level of usage increase to support the afternoon timetable on a permanent basis.”

Cardiff Bus delivers Christmas presents to dementia patients

By Raspberry Jim,

Cardiff Bus took over from Santa’s sleigh in December when it made a special festive delivery to dementia patients at a local hospital.

Cardiff Bus staff transported an abundance of donated gifts to Llandough hospital on December 21st.

Gifts including chocolates, perfume, socks, books, and nail varnish, which have been collected by Cardiff Bus staff throughout December, were delivered to patients during the day.

They were gifted to those being treated on Ward East 18, which provides specialist support to people living with dementia and other progressive brain diseases.

The donations are part of Cardiff Bus’s ongoing charitable support of the ward, with staff having hiked up Penyfan, and undertaken the Cardiff Half Marathon to support its vital work and its facilities.

Earlier in 2018 it also donated one of its bus stop signs and timetable displays to the hospital, in a bid to prevent patients living with dementia from becoming unsettled and anxious during their stay.

Cardiff Bus commercial manager Gareth Stevens said they were delighted to support the “invaluable” ward and its patients during the Christmas period.

He said: “Christmas is such a special time of year for everyone, so we were pleased to bring a little bit of festive cheer to the patients at Ward East 18.

“Ward East 18 and Llandough Hospital provide such invaluable care to people living with dementia across south Wales and their families, so we are only too happy to support their work.

“We are delighted to have been able to offer ongoing support to this fantastic ward, and we aim to continue doing so in 2019.”

Cardiff Bus supports 6th national Catch the Bus Week

By Raspberry Jim,

Untitled design-6People across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan are being urged to swap their car for the bus to celebrate the 6th annual Catch the Bus Week.

The bus operator is taking part in the UK-wide initiative, which aims to promote the ease, comfort and environmental benefits of choosing sustainable bus travel.

The week, which runs from July 2nd to July 8th, will see operators across the country hosting public information sessions and events to help promote bus travel to non-bus users.

During the initiative Cardiff Bus will be taking part in the Your Bus Matters event, at Barry King Square, on Tuesday 3rd July from 10am to 2pm.The event, hosted by Bus Users Cymru, provides the chance to discuss timetables and services.

Then on Wednesday 4th July from 10am to 4pm the bus operator will be hosting a Cardiff Bus Roadshow, on Queen Street, to enable people to learn about the benefits of bus travel and receive a free goodie bag.

Commercial manager at Cardiff Bus Gareth Stevens said the initiative was a “fantastic way” to highlight the various benefits of bus travel.

He said: “We at Cardiff Bus are pleased to be supporting the 6th annual Catch the Bus Week.

“This event is vital in highlighting the numerous benefits of bus travel, so we would encourage people to come along and find out more.

“We look forward to getting out and speaking with our valued customers and getting feedback on our services.

“Come along, say hello and take a look at our latest vehicles which are modern, comfortable and WiFi enabled, helping you get the most out of your journey with us.”

The bus operator will also be giving away daily prizes via its Twitter and Facebook channels, including weekly and monthly bus tickets.

To find out more information about Catch the Bus Week and Cardiff Bus visit its website https://www.cardiffbus.com/

Bus diversions planned as march marks 100 years’ of women’s suffrage

By Raspberry Jim,

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Buses across Cardiff are set to be diverted on Sunday as thousands of women march through the capital to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage.

Cardiff Bus is alerting passengers to service alterations as the women’s Procession event takes place across the city centre.

During the day thousands of women and girls will march from Leckwith to Bute Park, via the city centre, to celebrate 100 years since women achieved voting equality.

The Cardiff event, organised by art producers NOW and Artichoke, is one of four taking place across the UK on Sunday.

During the event, roads in Leckwith will be closed to traffic from midday, while city centre roads will be closed from 2pm, with all routes set to reopen at 4.30pm.

Cardiff Bus passengers are also being alerted to a number of service diversions during the day. These include the 13, 17, 18, and 96A, which will start and end at Home Bargains, Canton and will not serve any city centre stops.  The 1.40pm (18) and 1.50pm (17) buses from Ely, will run their normal route to The Pendine, then will divert to the city centre along Cowbridge Road West, A4232 Ely Link Road, Hadfield Road, Penarth Road and Clare Road, not serving any stops from The Pendine, through Canton to the city centre.

The 61 will not run across the city centre, but instead will split with buses to Pentrebane departing from Canton Home Bargains; and buses to Pengam Green leaving Churchill Way.

The 28B, 30, 35, 54 (to Cyncoed), 21, 23, 24 and 27 services will leave from Greyfriars Road, the Baycar 6 service will depart from Customhouse Street and rear of Central Station Buses 8, 9A, and X45 to Cardiff Bay & Sports Village will leave from Station Terrace (outside Queen Street Station), Philharmonic (Lower St Mary Street) and Tudor Street.

The 44, 45, 49, and 50, and the 52, 57 and 58 will all leave from the Royal Hotel, while the 25, 63, and 64 services will depart from Sophia Gardens Coach Station.

The 95 service will divert via Clare Road, Penarth Road and Hadfield Road to Leckwith, in both directions.

Finally, services 8 & 9A (towards Heath Hospital) X45 (towards St. Mellons) and 92 & 94 will run as normal and are not affected by the road closures.

Cardiff Bus commercial manager Gareth Stevens said: “With women across Cardiff set to march through the capital on Sunday, we would like to remind all travellers of the planned road closures coming into effect.

“We have put a number of diversions in place to ensure our passengers are not adversely affected by this, with many of our services also running from alternative terminals.

“We hope everyone taking part in this historic celebration has an enjoyable day and we would like to remind them that all Cardiff Bus travel information can be found at our website  www.cardiffbus.com or via our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.”

Cardiff Bus to roll out contactless payments across network

By Raspberry Jim,

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Paying for your journey on Cardiff Bus will become even easier with the introduction of contactless payment technology across its entire network from Sunday 25th March

This comes following a successful trial period across the bus operator’s baycar, 27, 57 and 58 services in the past few months.

The contactless payment technology will complement existing payment methods, including mobile and online payment options via the iff card portal, as well as its direct debit scheme, allowing greater flexibility and choice for millions of customers who choose Cardiff Bus.

It is hoped the new payment method will further help speed up boarding times and improve journey times, commercial manager of Cardiff Bus Gareth Stevens said.

Mr Stevens added: “We are delighted to be launching the contactless card payment option across our entire network of bus services.

“This will provide our customers with even more ways to pay for their travel, continuing our investment in alternative payment technologies.

“With mobile ticketing, online payment and our direct debit scheme, there are already a number of ways customers can pay before they board a bus, some of which offer a discount to fares on the day of purchase.

“This additional payment option now gives more flexibility, meaning our customers will no longer need to worry about having enough cash when they board our buses.”

Customers with any questions about the new contactless payment technology from Cardiff Bus or queries about any other payments are advised to visit https://www.cardiffbus.com/

 

 

Cardiff Bus ‘goes back in time’ with vintage open top service for the summer

By Raspberry Jim,

Cardiff Bus launch vintage open top bus for the summer

People across the city are getting a chance to “travel back in time” this summer thanks to Cardiff Bus.

The bus operator, working with the Cardiff Transport Preservation Group, has helped restore one of its vintage open top vehicles from the 1970s, to run from the city centre to Cardiff Bay for the summer period.

Passengers can hop on the classic bus, which features the celebratory tramways cream and maroon colours, and travel between St Mary Street, Wyndham Arcade, and the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.

Starting from July 14 and running until August 27 the classic bus, which offers an open top view of the Bay, will run on selected dates on weekends.

This is the first time the vintage vehicle has returned to the regenerated Bay – as last time the company operated a similar service the modern Cardiff Bay was about to be developed.

Cardiff Bus commercial manager Gareth Stevens said it was an exciting opportunity not to be missed.

He said: “We are delighted to be running the original Cardiff Bus along the bay route from this weekend.

“At Cardiff Bus we are extremely proud of the role we have played in the city. For us, this was an ideal way to remember our own heritage while also thanking our loyal customers for all their support.

“We would encourage everyone across the city to take advantage of this rare and exciting opportunity to travel back in time on a vintage bus, to visit all of the fun packed events in the Bay over the summer – starting with this weekend’s International Food and Drink festival.

“Normal fares apply, including iff cards and All Wales Concessionary Travel Cards. Additionally, as we know the Bay is a great place to visit for visitors, all Baycar journeys and the vintage open top bus will accept contact bank cards as payment.”

The vintage vehicle has been brought out of retirement thanks to the Cardiff Transport Preservation Group. The group, which was founded in 1992 and now has over 200 members, has restored the classic design to allow it to transport a new generation of passengers.

Maintenance and restoration of the original model has taken place at the bus depot at Broad Street in Barry.

Thanks to their dedication, the heritage bus’s original features including an original step to get on, classic glass panels on the top, and Cardiff Bus colours have been restored.

Passengers can enjoy this classic service on July 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30; August 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27.  These days are subject to weather and vehicle availability and a standard bus may be used instead.

The service will run daily between St Mary Street, Wyndham Arcade, and the Wales Millennium Centre, however on the selected dates the Open Top Bus will be used instead.