Today, NAT Group launched a new cross city service in Cardiff, connecting Culverhouse Cross to Pontprennau, using low fares (£1.60 Single and £3 all day tickets) , offering cash change onboard and using 10 brand new Optare Metrocity vehicles in a dedicated branded blue livery. The service will run every 15 minutes.
This is promising news for the City. For too long, Cardiff Bus has been the dominant and sole provider of services in the Capital, limiting choice of fares and services for those who use the bus daily, and also not providing a direct route from West to East.
Hopefully the new X1 Cross City Service will be a success. The appeal of being able to travel from Canton directly to Roath without having to experience the grim Central bus station or walk across the city centre to catch a connecting service will hopefully win over passengers.
For the City as a whole, if more bus services get people out of their cars and onto public transport, then maybe the daily congestion can be cut down, and the city can continue it’s effort to become a more sustainable city.