Wednesday 1 July 2015

Swansea Bendy Buses to be Scrapped

Bendy buses which were introduced six years ago and led to controversial changes to the road system in Swansea city centre are to be scrapped.

First Cymru said the ftrMetro is too expensive to run.
Major roadworks costing about £10m were carried out in the city to accommodate the buses including on The Kingsway.
The road layout was criticised by a coroner earlier this year for having a "serious design issue" after two people died. 

There were more than 100 incidents on The Kingsway between 2008 and 2015, with 36 passengers reportedly injured while travelling on buses when drivers took "evasive action"
Temporary barriers have since been erected by the council to help prevent further accidents.

Businesses on the road said the original works hit trade "more than the recession".
Swansea council said the decision would help it improve traffic flow along with its plans to regenerate the city centre.
When the changes were made, a roundabout at one end of The Kingsway - which included underpasses - was filled in while a flat one at the other end was removed.
One side of the road was changed to a two-lane one-way system for normal traffic. The other side was changed to a two-way system for buses and taxis.


Local Derbyshire bus driver Ian Moorcroft has provided a round-up of buses and coaches that have visited Bakewell during the first six months of this year. These are now in an album and can be viewed by clicking  here