Leading Welsh bus operator NAT Group has taken over the operation of five key public bus services in Swansea after successfully winning contracts for the routes which are funded by the Labour-led Council.
Routes 16, 35, 43, 46 and 54 are being operated by NAT Group. The Company will also continue to operate the Gower services 115, 116, 117, 118 and 119.
Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure at Swansea Council, said: “Our transport strategy recognises the importance of public transport as a vital way to connect communities, discourage car use where possible and contribute to reducing pollution and our carbon footprints.
“We invest in rural bus services in particular, such as those on Gower because residents need reliable, prompt and good quality buses that enable them to visit friends and shops as well as access other community services.
“The Council is pleased to be working with NAT Group to provide these valuable bus services to our communities.”
NAT Managing Director Adam Keen said: “NAT Group are delighted to have been awarded the contract to operate these five bus routes – it is particularly exciting news for our local team in Swansea who are passionate about providing class-leading bus services in their City.
“The team has worked very hard to ensure that we will provide a high-quality service on these new routes, which will hopefully tempt people to leave their cars at home and try their local bus service.”
NAT Group has also announced that a simplified fares structure will be put into place covering all of their routes in the Swansea area, with a view to helping passengers more easily understand what ticket options are available to them.