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New bus services arrangements for north Carmarthenshire

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A SERIES of revised bus routes have been published following a change in contracts covering the north of Carmarthenshire.

Carmarthenshire County Council has completed a tender process following notice from Morris Travel that it intended to hand back the routes it operates around the Llanarthne, Crugybar, Carmel, Llandeilo and Llandovery areas as of January 19.

As a result, the council has confirmed that it has been able to partially replace services in the Llandeilo, Llandovery and Lampeter areas which were under threat.

A new tender has been agreed with Morris Travel for services based around Llandeilo, which will see little change to services 276, 283 and 284 but with services 278 and 279 no longer operating on Mondays, and service 277 no longer operating on Saturdays.

However, services between Llandovery and Lampeter will be affected long-term with no response to the tender for these routes.

Whilst there will be no direct services between Llandovery and Lampeter, the existing Bwcabus service has agreed to extend its area to provide all settlements with a bus service of some sort, albeit on reduced days for some.

The changes come in to effect on January 21, 2019. Timetables will be published on the council’s website and Traveline Cymru and distributed on the buses and via the council’s mobile library service in the coming weeks.

Cllr Hazel Evans, Executive Board Member for Environment, said: “Whilst unfortunately some areas will have a reduced bus service, we have worked hard to rearrange routes so that no settlements are left without access to services at all. We are fortunate to have the Bwcabus service available to help out in those areas most heavily affected by the reductions, and for some users the presence of the Bwcabus will potentially improve and enhance their access to public transport.

“The public transport network in these areas continue to be very heavily subsidised by the County Council and we urge residents of those communities which do not have access to other buses to continue to support these services to ensure their further continuation.”

The services will be reviewed over the next 12 months to monitor usage in more detail.

Anyone wishing to make suggestion which could help to improve the services should contact the council’s Passenger Transport team on 01267 228326.

Revised service, effective January 21, 2019, are:

  • Service 276, Llandeilo – Llandybie – Maesybont – Carmarthen: The service will continue to operate on Tuesdays but the buses will no longer run via Whitemill.
  • Service 277, Gelli Aur – Llandeilo – Llanfynydd – Carmarthen: The service will continue to operate on Wednesdays but the buses will no longer run via Whitemill. There will no longer be a Saturday service.
  • Service 278, Llandeilo – Carmel – Maesybont – Carmarthen: The service will continue to operate on Thursdays but the buses will no longer run via Whitemill. There will no longer be a Monday service.
  • Service 279, Carmarthen – Botanic Garden – Llanarthhey – Gelli Aur – Llandeilo: The service will continue to operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays but the buses will no longer run via Whitemill. There will no longer be a Monday service.
  • Service 283, Llandeilo – Crugybar – Brechfa – Carmarthen: The service will continue to operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • Service 284, Llandeilo – Crugybar – Pentregwenlais – Ammanford: The service will continue to operate on Fridays.

Services 288 and 289 between Llandovery and Lampeter will no longer operate in their present format, and will be partially replaced by the following services:

  • Service 289 will run on Mondays only from Llandeilo to Llandovery via Salem, Cwmdu, Talley, Crugybar and Llanwrda. Passengers will be able to change at Crugybar onto Bwcabus service 689 for Lampeter. The inward journey will be diverted to arrive at Llandovery via New Road and Stone Street at the request of existing passengers.
  • Service 687 will be a new service on Fridays only, starting from Rhydcymerau and running through Llanybydder into Lampeter. Service 687 will be part of the Bwcabus network but passengers will not need to pre-book to travel and will be able to turn up and catch the bus as they would any other bus service.
  • Service 689 will be a new service on Mondays and Thursdays only, running between Lampeter and Crugybar, Caio, Dolaucothi, Pumsaint, Ffarmers and Cwmann. On Mondays, passengers will be able to change at Crugybar into service 289 for Llandovery. Service 689 will also be part of the Bwcabus network but passengers will not need to pre-book to travel and will be able to turn up and catch the bus as they would any other bus service.
  • In addition to these services, the areas of Llanybydder, Rhydcymeau, Crugybar, Dolaucothi, Pumsaint, Ffarmers and Cwmann previously served by routes 288 and 289 will now be in the BWCABUS area. This means that, subject to availability, passengers will be able to book a bus on days and at times which were not available previously. This will improve options for journeys not just within the local areas but with connections to other services, particularly the TrawsCymru T1 service to Carmarthen and to Aberystwyth. Further details on the BWCABUS service are available from the Bwcabus call centre on 01239 801 604 or on the website at www.bwcabus.info
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Cold temperatures likely to lead to icy conditions

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A YELLOW weather warning is in place over Wales from 10pm tonight (Jan 16) and 11am tomorrow morning (Jan 17).

As temperatures drop, there is a strong chance of ice patches causing dangerous conditions for motorists.

Icy patches developing with wintry showers also affecting some areas.

What to expect

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Probably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
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Next stage of works to clear Cwmduad landslide

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PHASE two of the works to stabilise a landslide in Cwmduad has begun following the recovery of a lorry from the river below.

Carmarthenshire County Council is leading the operation to clear the site and re-open the A484 for traffic travelling between Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn, following the landslide in October.

Phase one, which commenced before Christmas, created a safe zone for the recovery of a lorry that was swept in to the river during the storm.

That recovery took place earlier today (Monday, January 14, 2019).

Phase two, to permanently stabilise the embankment, involves complex drainage and geotechnical works.

The highway structure will then be assessed before any indication can be given as to when the road will re-open.

The council has thanked the community, and affected commuters, for their patience whilst site assessments and works have been underway.

Ruth Mullen, Director of Environment for Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We are now making progress in what has been a highly complex operation and legal process between the council, partner agencies and the landowner.

“We fully appreciate the impact this has had on the community, and we wish to reiterate that we have worked without delay to undertake site investigations in the immediate aftermath of the landslide, along with clearance and construction works to make the area safe.

“We are working as quickly as we can to re-open the road as soon as possible, and would like to thank those affected most sincerely for their patience.”

Until the road is re-opened, traffic will continue to be diverted along the B4333 Carmarthen – Newcastle Emlyn.

Additional bus services remain in place:

  • A shuttle service currently runs from Cwmduad to Tycoch to catch the 460 service at 7.25am, 9.35am and 10.55am. Return journeys are at 2.25pm and 4.45pm.
  • The 460 service is currently operating on a diversion route
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Three seriously injured in A40 crash

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is appealing for information about a collision which resulted in serious injuries.

The collision which happened on Sunday afternoon (Jan 13) involved a silver Ford Fiesta and a Silver BMW 120 and at approximately 4pm on the A40 between Pont-y-fenny and Whitland roundabout.

The Silver Fiesta was travelling towards Whitland and the BMW was travelling towards Carmarthen.

A 67-year-old woman has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A 71-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman were also taken to hospital suffering serious injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or was driving along the road around the time or with dash cam footage, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, please text 07811311908. Please quote reference DP-20190113-199.

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