New trial bus service for Penarth


Published 02 July 2015


An extended trial bus service for Penarth was launched on 30 June.


The new service, the result of financial support from the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Penarth Town Council, will provide a link between Penarth Marina, Penarth Town Centre, Penarth Pier, the Cliff Top and Cosmeston Lakes Country Park from Sunday 5 July.


Penarth 91 bus trial Emma Reed, Kyle Phillips, Cllr Burnett, Andrew EccleshareThe new service will operate during the daytime on weekends and bank holidays through July, August and September 2015.


To deliver the service Cardiff Bus will extend their existing commercial Bus Service number 91 providing Penarth residents and visitors an additional route to Cardiff Bay and the city centre.


Peter Knowles, co-owner of Hamptons and new Esplanade business Shore, said: “For visitors from Cardiff arriving by foot across the Barrage the bus service will provide an easy means of exploring areas of Penarth that they would otherwise miss. This will inevitably help to raise the profile of Penarth as a visitor destination and provide a boost for local businesses.”


Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to bring a new summer bus service which will connect Penarth town centre, marina, pier pavilion, and Cosmeston to the capital city. The service will not only encourage tourism in the town and boost the local economy but also provide residents with an additional public transport option.”


Local Penarth businessman and Chairman of the Penarth Tourism and Visitor Association, Gary Soltys, said: “This is excellent news for Penarth and offers visitors to Cardiff Bay Barrage the option to travel to Penarth town centre and the esplanade without having to negotiate the steep hill over Penarth Headland on foot. Traders should benefit from increased visitor footfall and I urge businesses to spread the word through their customers and contacts to make the trial a complete success.”


Gareth Stevens, Business Development Manager at Cardiff Bus said: “As we now look forward to the summer weather, these enhancements will allow people to visit some of the Vale’s tourist attractions. Our ‘families for a fiver’ offer is also valid on service 91 at weekends and during school holidays.”


Leader of Penarth Town Council, Cllr Mike Cuddy, added: “In our work on the Penarth Town Place Plan the community identified better links and transport choices as priorities. I’m pleased we have been able to assist the Vale in this initiative which I hope will become a regular feature, complementing other public and private ventures aimed at raising the profile of the town.”


You can view the Service 91 Bus Timetable online.