A one-purchase ticket valid on buses across North Wales has been officially launched.
The launch of the 1Bws ticket, which after purchase is valid for travel on buses across North Wales, took place in Rhyl on Tuesday, 24 August.
The launch, held at the Events Arena, was attended by bus operators from across North Wales as well as invited guests from Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey and Wrexham councils, Senedd members and officers from Transport for Wales.
An adult ticket costs £5.70, a child will pay £3.70 and holders of English and Scottish concessionary bus passes will also pay £3.70. A family ticket is available for just £12.
One ticket is valid all day on buses in Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey and Wrexham and on buses from North Wales to Chester, Whitchurch and Machynlleth.
There are buses covering most of the region and it is possible to explore the North Wales Coast, Snowdonia and the Clwydian Range and the Dee Valley.
Cllr Greg Robbins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transportation at Conwy Council Borough Council said: “This initiative is a positive step forward which will help to encourage local people and visitors alike to use the extensive bus network we have in North Wales. It is a great example of the benefits of partnership between local authorities, bus operators and Transport for Wales. This new single one-day ticket will open up new options for many and is only possible thanks to the operators who are commitment to improving access by bus.”
Public Transport Champion for Conwy, Cllr Philip Evans, added: "This is a very welcome initiative which simplifies bus travel across the region, providing more options for passengers at potentially lower cost. There are buses covering most of the region. It is possible to explore the North Wales Coast, Snowdonia, the Clwydian Range, the Dee Valley… from the comfort of a bus in the knowledge that someone else is doing the driving and you are doing your bit for the environment.
“The initiative is a great way to get people back on buses and open up the North Wales countryside in a way that protects the environment."
Richard Hoare, Arriva’s Regional Commercial Director, said: “The introduction of the 1Bws ticket is a result of the close working partnership in North Wales between operators and local authorities. This is an important development for existing customers and potential new users, as the new product will make travel by bus more convenient and easier to use.
“Buses are an important contributor to the North Wales economy and will be key in encouraging a green and sustainable recovery from the pandemic.”
1Bws is valid on all local bus services operating in North Wales with the exception of service 28 between Mold and Flint. It is also not valid on tourist services operated by open top buses, on National Express coach services and park and ride services.
Link to web page: 1Bws (conwy.gov.uk)