The popular Bwcabus service, which has transformed rural public transport in West Wales, is to be expanded with the financial support of £400,000 from the Welsh Government, a total of £600,000 from both Carmarthenshire County Council and Ceredigion County Council in addition to £1.8million from WEFO.
On the back of its original success the Bwcabus service, which is a Programme for Government commitment, will cover new additional areas in North Carmarthenshire and the Teifi Valley including Lampeter, Llanybydder, Felinfach and Llangeithio.
Speaking before the launch, Carl Sargeant said:
"Bwcabus is a pioneering demand responsive service that is transforming transport in rural West Wales.
"This popular service is playing a crucial role in helping people to access key services, travel to work and take up training and other educational opportunities – which is very welcome in these tough economic times.
"Our ability to innovate in the provision of local bus services has already been recognised across the UK and I’m delighted to see this innovative service go from strength to strength."
The Bwcabus concept, which ran 13,246 passenger journeys during its first year in 2011, was developed by the Wales Transport Research Centre at the University of Glamorgan.
The service is tailored to the needs of the passengers by operating in response to pre-booked journey requests.
Passenger are able to book a bus ride from home, via the phone or internet, to link up with conventional bus and train services.
The service enables people to travel between local towns and villages within the Bwcabus zone or connect to the main line route bus services travelling to places including Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Carmarthen, Lampeter, Llandysul, Pencader and Newcastle Emlyn via local hubs.