Surge In Passenger Numbers Thanks To Free Bus Initiative

August 31, 2021 12:49 pm

We are very pleased to see that Swansea Council‘s free bus travel offer launched this summer led to thousands of people visiting popular parts of the city including the city centre.

Latest statistics on passenger numbers provided to the Council by bus operators illustrated a surge in passenger numbers across many routes run by New Adventure Travel, and with passenger numbers across services provided by First Cymru having doubled. Journeys to and from Gower on the first weekend increased by 65 percent.

The free travel offer was launched in July as part of the Council’s £20million recovery plan to help boost the local economy and support families following the pandemic. Rob Stewart, council leader, said “The impact of the pandemic has had a serious impact on families and local businesses who have struggled financially. The recovery plan we developed has been designed to help the city get back on its feet and the free bus offer has been a fantastic way to support everyone during the summer holidays.

“The response from the public to the free travel offer has been brilliant. We have heard from many families who have benefitted and have had a great summer because of it.”

Russell Greenslade, Swansea BID Chief Executive, said: ‘We are pleased to see this very generous free bus offer taken up so enthusiastically. It is more important than ever, at this crucial time for businesses, that we do all we can to support firms in practical and imaginative ways, and to remind consumers and visitors that their city centre is open and is offering unique and enticing experiences. The free bus service has been a great way of getting this message out there and we would like to thank Swansea Council for pressing ahead with this initiative.”

 

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