Launched today – just one ticket all the way from Paddington to Brecon
A new short film has been launched today to publicise a special ‘through ticket’ which has been created for passengers to travel from London Paddington, Reading, Swindon or Bristol Parkway to Brecon – the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
From today (28th May 2014) passengers travelling from these stations will be able to buy a combined bus and rail ticket valid for travel on the First Great Western train to Cardiff and the bus journey on the Traws Cymru T4 route from Cardiff to Brecon – the bus station which is located directly outside Cardiff train station.
The new ‘through ticket’ has been the result of a great partnership approach between Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Welsh Government, Visit Wales, Powys County Council, Arriva Trains Wales, First Great Western and Stagecoach in South Wales which has resulted in a truly integrated transport initiative.
Transport Minister, Edwina Hart said: “Brecon Beacons National Park is a big attraction for visitors to Wales and tourists from England are a key group for us to attract. This new ticket will make it easier for people to travel direct to the park and hopefully encourage more people to use this bus service.”
Annie Lawrie Sustainable Transport Officer for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, said: “It’s never been so easy to get to the Brecon Beacons National Park using public transport. This is the first scheme of its kind in Wales and it’s a great example of national and local transport operators and local authorities working together to deliver a better solution for our visitors from England, who love our part of the country and want a green alternative to driving their cars.”
Councillor Barry Thomas, Leader for Powys County Council said “Brecon is an important interchange and the launch of this new ticketing initiative provides the final piece in the integration jigsaw here. This ticket will make it so much easier for our visitors and the community to make an integrated rail and bus journey to and from the Brecon Beacons National Park.”
Passengers can ask for the special through ticket from staffed ticket offices at Paddington, Reading, Swindon and Bristol Parkway. Running times are London to Cardiff 2 hours and the bus from Cardiff to Brecon is just over 1.5 hours.
The short film has been created by Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and has been funded by Glasu, and produced by the sustainable transport media agency Greentraveller.