Community Bus

Community Bus

Service Developments:

Funding has allowed us to run the new community bus service twice a week, since we started it in December 2023. It’s proving to be popular, and good fun too, with the service users.

Generous Funding

We secured generous funding from PAVO (Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations) and PCC (Powys County Council), last autumn.

This funding was to run a Community Bus, two days a week from Llanwrtyd to Llandrindod, calling at towns and rural communities on the way. The route and timings were subject to the requests from, and agreement of, bus passengers travelling that day.

Starting the Service

The weather in late summer / early autumn wasn’t brilliant, so not surprisingly, there was little service demand; so effectively the new Community Bus service started the three weeks before Christmas.

Looking to the Future

Phase #1 funding has been agreed to run until the end of March 2025.

However, realising the demand for such a service, our directors have approved staff to identify funding sources, with a view to purchase our own vehicle, to continue the service beyond March 2025.

Current Provision

The service is primarily on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week, with any journey requests needing to be pre-booked, so that we can work out the route, and notify the passengers of their pick-up and drop-off times.

The core communities where members are picked up are in Llanwrtyd Wells, Llangammarch Wells, Beulah, Garth, Cilmery, Builth Wells, Newbridge on Wye, Llanyre, Howey, and Llandrindod Wells. Any other pick-up locations can be added – either talk to the bus staff, or ring our office number.

A picture taken by Janine, of members enjoying a recent day out in Brecon.

Join and Use this Service

If you haven’t registered as a scheme member, it is not too late to join this popular service.

Our members of staff are pleased to welcome both new and existing service users each week.

If you would like to use this service, please contact us or call on 01982 552727 (full details of the service and cost of each return journey).

Destination Requests

We have received new destination requests from passengers. These currently include:-

  • Aberaeron (chips & ice cream)
  • Old Railway Line Garden Centre
  • Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway
  • Merthyr Tydfil for the Cyfarthfa Shopping Park and Trago Mills

Stop Press !! — We’ve received confirmation that unspent sums from year #1, can be carried forward for year #2 activities. This might enable the core journeys on Tuesday and Thursday to continue, with additional destinations being arranged on another day of the week.

Positive Feedback

I am pleased to report that feedback forms are being received from existing service users, and that we are getting lots of lovely positive comments.

This is your Community Bus – please let us know your thoughts, better still, come on board and join us!!

If you would like to use the Community Bus Service, or talk about any other transport service that we can help you with, please contact us or call on 01982 552727.

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