Posted: Tue 6th Feb 2024

Merthyr Tydfil Residents Urged to Utilize Bus Services as Funding Secured for Continued Operations /
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Feb 6th, 2024

People in Merthyr Tydfil are being urged to use buses more as funding has been announced to keep services running beyond March.
The bus services set to continue to run in Merthyr Tydfil due to funding from Welsh Government have been revealed.
The Welsh Government’s bus transition fund, which supported bus services across Wales during and since the pandemic, comes to an end on March 31, 2024.
The council has said that the number of people using buses is still nowhere near pre-pandemic levels and therefore further funding is required to enable current services to continue.
Each council has had to tender for those services that would not run after March 31 without ongoing financial support.
Merthyr Tydfil Council has recently carried out a successful tending exercise and can confirm that, alongside those services that will continue to run on a commercial basis, these services and operators will also run from April 1, 2024 with financial support from the Welsh Government, via the Cardiff Capital Region.
They include the Stagecoach Service 22 covering Heolgerrig and Twynyrodyn, the Peter’s Minibuses service 24 covering Abercanaid and Ponsticill                Stagecoach’s service 25 covering Cefn Coed and Trefechan and Stagecoach’s service 33 covering Galon Uchaf.
Leader of the council Councillor Geraint Thomas urged residents to use the bus network saying: “We are very fortunate that the Welsh Government via the Cardiff Capital Region continues to financially support our local bus network, but I would urge people to use the services as much as possible to ensure they can be sustained into the future.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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