FOLLOWING negotiations between Vale of Glamorgan Council and New Adventure Travel it has been agreed that from March 10, Service 303/304 from Bridgend will be extended to Cardiff.
The extension will provide a through bus service between Bridgend and Cardiff connecting many villages on route including Llantwit Major, St Athan, Rhoose and Barry.
As part of the changes, there will also be an earlier journey to Bridgend to cater for Bridgend College students and an improved service for Llandough Hospital.
The Sunday Service 303/304 route will run on a standard timetable and will now run via Port Road West, Colcot Road and Jenner Road.
To allow for this change, Sunday Service 303/304 from Pontypridd Road in Barry will no longer run and instead Pontypridd Road and Severn Avenue will continue to be served by service 100.
Service 95 from Llantwit Major to Cardiff will have the route altered to fit alongside Service 303/304.
This will result in some changes to service 95, full details of which will be available on the Council’s website.
Councillor Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation said: “I am pleased to see that Service 303/304 has been extended to Cardiff as this will open up even more travel opportunities for passengers. It is particularly pleasing that we have been able to work with one of our local operators to secure an extension to a service at a time when money for services is hard to come by.”
Service 95 from Llantwit Major to Cardiff will standardise its route to the Service 303/304 resulting in the loss of the current Monday to Saturday evening services in the following areas:
• Pontypridd Road in Barry – Service 95 will instead run via Port Road West, Colcot Road and Jenner Road between the Cwm Ciddy roundabout and Romilly Schools, where the service can still be accessed.
• Barry Island – Service 95 will not run any operation into Barry Island after the one way system around the Ship Inn. However the area will still benefit from a regular rail service provision from Barry Island to Cardiff and Sunday bus Service 96 from Barry to Cardiff.
• Barry between Barry Town Centre and Palmerston Road via Gibbonsdown and Coldbrook - Service 95 will instead run via Wyndham Street, Court Road, Gladstone Road, Weston Square and Cardiff Road between Barry Town Centre and Palmerston Road junction with Cardiff Road. The Council's supported evening Service 94 Barry to Cardiff will continue to serve Cadoxton and Coldbrook in this area.
• Llandough, North beyond the hospital main gate and Leckwith Village – Service 95 will instead return to the Merrie Harrier junction from Llandough Hospital and run into Cardiff City Centre via Barry Road, Cogan Spur, Cardiff Bay Retail Park, Grangetown and Cardiff Bay.