Vale Council announces increase of 98 bus service journeys for Barry residents
The Vale Council is pleased to announce that in co-operation with Cardiff Bus, the number of journeys available for passengers on bus service 98 will increase from 3 September until 21 December.
The Council has secured funding for additional afternoon journeys from Mondays to Fridays, (Highlight Park to King Square Barry via Morrisons), for a limited period of time in an attempt to significantly grow passenger numbers on this service.
This will also make it viable for Cardiff Bus to continue these journeys on a commercial basis (without support) beyond December 2018.
Cardiff Bus had previously taken the difficult decision to reduce the frequency of Bus number 98 as passenger numbers and revenue did not make the service financially viable at certain times of the day.
This agreement between the Council and Cardiff Bus now means that Vale of Glamorgan residents, especially local bus users, can now benefit from a temporary extended timetable and have a real opportunity to make it viable to continue beyond 2018.
Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services and Transport, Cllr Geoff Cox, said: “This is excellent news for the people of Barry. A significant number of residents rely on the 98 bus service and I’m pleased that through funding from the Vale of Glamorgan Council we have been able to put in place this extension to the service on a trial basis until December this year.”
In November 2018 passenger growth on Service 98 will be analysed and Cardiff Bus will then make a decision on whether or not they can continue to operate the service, with the increased frequency, on a commercial basis.
Residents are therefore encouraged to use the service in order for the additional journeys to continue and for these journeys to be commercial.
Vale Mayor Cllr Rowlands for the Dyfan ward, said: “This is a great achievement for Barry residents as well as for Cllr Bailey and I.
“We have been working hard over the last year, with residents, Cardiff Bus and Vale Council officers, to secure funding to extend the 98 bus on a trial period.
“However, it is now up to the residents of Barry to show that this extended service is a success and is needed on a permanent basis.”
Cllr Vince Bailey for the Dyfan ward, said: “Highlight Park residents have been fighting for a meaningful bus service for some time, and as local councillors we are extremely proud to have been able to support them.
“I would like to thank the Vale Council for making money available to extend the route on a trial basis.
"The 98 provides a vital service to residents, but we now need to take advantage of this opportunity to prove that it should be retained on a permanent basis.”