A Powys firm has picked up two new bus contracts as the Welsh Government announces changes to some long-distance bus routes which pass through the county.

Lloyds Coaches, based in Machynlleth, has been award two routes as the Welsh Government announced the latest changes to long distance, TrawsCymru, routes across Wales.

In the announcement, it was confirmed that the company was awarded the T2 route from Bangor to Aberystwyth.

It was also announced that this service will be “integrated with the X28 Aberystwyth to Machynlleth to provide an hourly service throughout the day and connecting into the T1 and T1C service in both northerly and southerly directions.”


Lloyds was also awarded the T3 service from Wrexham to Barmouth which will be changed to introduce a T3C service connecting villages including Llanuwchllyn near Bala to Corwen where they can connect with the T3 -  which the Welsh Government hopes will “make the T3 service more efficient and sustainable, improving journey times along the route”.

James Price, chief executive officer at Transport for Wales, said: “We are pleased to see progress with awarding these contracts and are looking forward to upgrading the service standards in line with our T1 route.

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“New EV buses are being procured for the whole TrawsCymru network, however there is a long lead time to delivery and we will therefore be replacing some of the older fleet with new Euro 6 diesel buses for the short term as we look to decarbonise the network and confirm charging depot locations.

“The TrawsCymru network is an exceptional bus service linking up communities in Wales and providing access to public transport for thousands of people.

"The recently reported increased patronage on the T1 service demonstrates how providing affordable fares, quality fleet and timetables that connect can have a huge impact on passengers.”