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Welsh Assembly Member calls for direct bus service from Swansea to Cardiff airport

January 29, 2013 4:59 PM

The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has asked the First Minister, to match the new bus service from Swansea to Bristol Airport with a similar service straight to the doors of Cardiff Airport.

Speaking in First Minister's Questions in the Welsh Assembly today, Mr. Black said that he and his neighbours in Swansea would soon be able to catch a bus directly to Bristol Airport but the same facility is not available for Cardiff. He suggested that as part of the First Minister's investment in Cardiff Wales Airport a similar service should be made available from the west.

"Currently, if a Swansea resident wants to get to Cardiff Wales Airport by public transport they are faced with a very arduous journey," said Mr. Black. "There are three possible routes: a 30 minute train journey to Bridgend, followed by 24 minute train journey to Rhoose Station and a 15 minute walk to the Airport; a 40 minute bus ride to Bridgend, followed by a 45 minute bus journey to Llantwit Major, a 21 minute bus ride to Rhoose and a 15 minute walk to the airport; or a one hour train journey to Cardiff, followed by a 30 minute bus ride to Cardiff Airport. It could be made much simpler.

"Clearly, there needs to be major investment in the airport both in terms of facilities and routes and I await the outcome of the Welsh Government's business planning process to see what that throws up. However, if we do not sort out public transport links then Cardiff will still struggle to compete with Bristol.

"I believe that investment in a direct bus service to Cardiff airport as now exists for Bristol is an essential part of this process."