The new look Cardiff Airport Rail/Bus link service has been extended to serve the Enterprise Zone at St Athan during travel to work times between Monday – Friday, whilst maintaining the connection with the train service at Rhoose Station.
As a result the extended shuttle bus route, which is funded by the Welsh Government, will now stop at:
Rhoose Railway Station – Cardiff Airport – St Athan Enterprise Zone – Cardiff Airport – Rhoose Railway Station.
A modest fare of £1 single for adults and 50p for children, students and apprentices will be introduced to help offset the running costs of the service. Concessionary bus pass holders will still be able to use the service free of charge.
The Minister with responsibility for Transport, Carl Sargeant said:
"Cardiff Airport and the nearby enterprise zone at St Athan have the potential to play a vital role in the future success of the Welsh economy.
"Ensuring that we continue to improve links to both are vital and the extended Cardiff Airport shuttle bus route that will now also stop at the new enterprise zone will play a part in improving these links for both travellers and commuters that use this service."
Steve Hodgetts, Cardiff Airport’s Planning and Commercial Director added,
"We welcome the continued commitment by the partners to continue this valuable service, which will benefit Cardiff Airport passengers as well as other members of the community.
"The service will greatly aid the work of the St Athan and Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone in developing the region."
Vale of Glamorgan Councillor Liz Burnett, Cabinet Member for Planning and Transportation stated:
"The Council is pleased to continue its support in collaboration with the Welsh Government to fund the Rail Link Shuttle Bus Service 905 (Rhoose Cardiff Airport) and trusts that the extended service will continue to provide a vital link for many public transport users, which in turn will not only benefit business at Cardiff Airport and the new St Athan Enterprise Zone, but for Wales in general."
Around 4,500 passenger journeys are made on the Cardiff Airport Rail/Bus link every month by people travelling to and from Cardiff Airport as well as by employees, apprentices and students based at nearby premises specialising in aeronautical engineering and the aviation supply chain.