Cardiff Bus has been awarded the contract to operate the Cardiff East (Pentwyn) Park and Ride service by Cardiff Council.
Cardiff Bus was the preferred bidder on the basis of quality and cost. The bus operator will manage both the bus service and the site itself.
The three-year contract will see Cardiff Bus take over the seven day a week service from 26 January 2014 with buses running to and from the city centre every 15 minutes.
In securing the contract, Cardiff Bus plan to improve the service by extending the route which currently ends at Dumfries Place to Churchill Way.
Cardiff Bus also plans to further extend the service to David Street by the Motorpoint arena and St David’s Eastside once the roadwork in the area is complete.
On alternate journeys, it will also extend the route beyond the Park and Ride site to Pontprennau and Cardiff Gate Business Park.
In another improvement to the service, Cardiff Bus will bring in its new m-ticketing payment option for the all-day service, which costs £3 and £1 if you park before 8.30am.
M-ticketing can be accessed via Cardiff Bus’ free iff app, which is available on iPhone and Android devices on any mobile network, and allows bus passengers to browse, select, purchase and use bus tickets directly from their mobile phones.
Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Highways and Transportation, Cllr Graham Hinchey, said: “Since its launch in 2009, the Cardiff Park and Ride service has continued to grow in popularity, with the volume of cars and income more than trebled in recent years. In the lead up to Christmas over 700 cars have being using this service per day.
“The new arrangement with Cardiff Bus will help the council to save £430k in the next financial year. Given the financial pressures faced by us and every other local authority in the UK it’s important that we look to new ways of working.
“The new arrangement with Cardiff Bus secures the East Park and Ride service whilst making much needed savings. The new agreement also extends the service we offer, with the route now including Pontprennau and Cardiff Gate. Plans are underway to add additional services on site, such as car valeting.
“The site will also act as a straSave Changestegic staging post for Rapid Bus Transit services into Cardiff City Centre. It demonstrates the Councils commitment in supporting a modal shift to sustainable transport, giving more choice to people who live and travel in from the East and North East of the City. This facility will also compliment and support our Local Development Plan (LDP), allowing new transport options in and around the new strategic housing sites and employment areas in Cardiff gate.”
Gareth Stevens, business development manager at Cardiff Bus, said: “We are delighted to win the tender to operate Cardiff East Park and Ride service. It provides a convenient, cost-effective, hassle-free way for those wishing to travel to the city centre from the east of Cardiff. We will ensure that the high standards of service are maintained and will work with the Council to enhance the provision to the benefit of customers.”
The new contract adds to Cardiff Bus’ other Park and Ride service it currently runs from Cardiff West Park and Ride at Cardiff City Stadium.
For further information, please visit the Cardiff Bus website.