29 Jul 2015
Stagecoach in South Wales has invited passengers to look out for 25 new buses which have entered operation on the X4 service from Hereford through to Cardiff. In January of this year the frequency was enhanced between the Merthyr to Cardiff section of the route to every 10 minutes. To support this enhancement, the company has introduced a new fleet of low-floor ADL bodied Scania Enviro 300 buses, with an investment of nearly £4 million. All of the new buses have been kitted out in a striking new livery designed by the company.
Route X4 serves Hereford, Abergavenny, Brynmawr, Ebbw Vale, Tredegar, Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd and Cardiff and collectively carried over 1.2 million passengers in 2014/15. Since the enhancement there has been a passenger growth of around 10%, much of this is between Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd and Cardiff. With larger and improved interiors, the buses provide a step-free entrance which allows customers to roll on wheelchairs and buggies and park them in dedicated areas on board. As well as offering comfortable journeys and wifi, they provide clean engine technology, meeting Euro V emissions standards, helping to cut carbon emissions and so reducing the environmental impact of the service.
The company launched the new vehicles at Merthyr Tydfil Market Square with a ribbon cutting ceremony performed by Stagecoach in South Wales, Commercial Director Richard Davies alongside Gerald Jones, the newly elected Member of Parliament for the Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney constituency. The MP, Gerald Jones said: “I very much welcome this investment from Stagecoach that will enhance passenger experience for people travelling in and around the Merthyr Tydfil area, particularly those with limited mobility and parents with pushchairs. It is also pleasing to note that the increased frequency of the X4 service between Merthyr Tydfil & Cardiff has seen a significant increase in passenger numbers.
Merthyr Tydfil is experiencing substantial regeneration, due to investment from Welsh Government and the European Union and enhanced public transport is key to our ongoing development as a strategic town at the heart of the South Wales valleys. Investment initiatives such as this by Stagecoach contribute greatly to the overall strategy.”
Richard Davies, Commercial Director, Stagecoach in South Wales said: ‘The introduction of 25 new buses is one of the biggest investments recently made in public transport in the area. The latest launch is another demonstration of our continuing efforts to improving local bus services and also Stagecoach’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. We believe that the X4 service can be the backbone of the transport network to Merthyr Tydfil helping to support the local economy, so our message is simple to Merthyr Tydfil residents and those employed in the town – leave your car at home, contribute to a healthier environment and travel with Stagecoach to wherever you want to go.