- First Cymru
First Cymru Buses Ltd. (part of
First Group) is a provider of public transport busservices in South West Wales. First Cymru was formed from a number of privatised former bus companies, including South Wales Transport. Its headquarters are in Penlan, Swansea. There are also other depots across South and West Wales such as Port Talbot, Pontardawe, Haverfordwest, Llanelliand Carmarthen.
First Cymru employs about 1000 staff, has a fleet of about 250 buses and carries around 21 million passengers a year. The company operates around 200 bus services in the south Wales area, in and between
Haverfordwest, Pembroke, Tenby, Carmarthen, Llanelli, Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot, Pontardawe, Maesteg, Bridgendand Cardiff.
In addition, the company provides a frequent shuttle service from
Swanseato the capital, Cardiff. For students of Swansea University, service 82, branded the Bright Orange Bus (abbreviated to BOB), links the University to both the Student Village in one direction and the City Centre in the other. First Cymru operates one Park and Ride service, which is located on Fabian Way (off M4 jct. 42).
The company offers coach hire for airport transfer, school trips, sports events and wedding parties. First Cymru operates the regular
National Express201 service from Swansea bus station to LondonHeathrow and Gatwick airports.
First Cymru's current fleet consists mainly of
low floorsingle-deck vehicles for servicing local and regional routes. Most vehicles are painted in First Group's pink, white and blue livery. The dedicated vehicles for Swansea Universityare however painted bright orange. In the Carmarthen area, there are a number of yellow liveried vehicles for school services.
Swansea, a joint venture between the City and County of Swansea and First Cymru to introduce 37-seater articulated buses, referred to as Street Cars, as part of the Swansea Metrobus rapid transit scheme.
wansea Park and Ride
The city has three
Park and Ridesites, located at FforestFach(off M4 jct. 47), Landore(off M4 jct. 45) and Fabian Way (off M4 jct. 42), the 502 Fabian Way service is provided by First Cymru as well as the 501 service which operates from Landore which until recently was operated by Veolia Transport Cymru. The 503 service from Fforestfach is still operated by Veolia Transport Cymru.
The services are charged at £2 for all-day secure parking which includes return travel for up to four passengers to the city centre. Both Landore and Fabian Way have achieved the Secure Car Park Award, and tend to grow in popularity each year. The buses tend to have a different colour scheme for each route with the City and County of Swansea emblem.501 have a green colour scheme,The 502 is of a blue colour scheme, and the 503 is of a orange colour scheme.
Transport in Wales
* [http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/wales/swwales/home/index.php First Cymru]
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