End of the Blue Bus Service

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Yesterday (30th September 2015) was the final day of the Blue Bus Service 701, a former TrawsCambria service linking the Seaside town of Aberystwyth with the Welsh Capital through Aberaeron, Lampeter, Carmarthen, Swansea and Port Talbot.

The Service initially launched back in 2007 following the rebranding of the former Arriva 701 into the X40 (Now known as TrawsCymru T1), although the service used to operate on certain days a week, it quickly grown and in April 2012 the service operated daily.

The service continued to grow and in 2013 the service transferred from Coach Travel Wales to Bryans Coaches (Both Companies owned and registered at the same address) here an additional 09:40 ex Aberystwyth and 13:00 ex Cardiff Bay services were launched, alongside a short-lived 12:40 ex Aberystwyth and 18:00 ex Cardiff Bay service and the 750 service linking Aberystwyth and Cardiff via New Quay and Llandysul on Thursday and Saturdays only.

The Service fought well even though competition from Arriva (Service 10 to Swansea, Service 20 to Cardiff) alongside Stagecoach Megabus Serivce operating from London Victoria via Cardiff, Swansea, Carmarthen and Lampeter on Thursday – Sunday Evenings. Friday – Monday Mornings for Return Services. ( A boost was the acceptance of Welsh Concessionary Passers throughout)

Bryans Coaches L8PCC is seen at Aberystwyth Coach Station on the 1st October 2015

Bryans Coaches L8PCC is seen at Aberystwyth Coach Station on the 1st October 2015

Bryans Coaches OUI3920 is seen at Aberystwyth Coach Park on the 1st October 2015

Bryans Coaches OUI3920 is seen at Aberystwyth Coach Park on the 1st October 2015

Having operated the Service for eight years under both Coach Travel Wales and Bryans Coaches registrations, the owners decided to retire in June 2016 and therefore decided to withdraw the 701 service from the 1st October 2015

Cancellation of 701

Registration for the cancelling of the 701 registration. As seen on the VOSA Website

Luckily though Aberystwyth wouldn’t be without a direct coach service to the welsh capital with Llanrhystud based Lewis Coaches taking over the 701 and using ex Greenline Vehicles

Lewis Coaches YJ55WSX is seen at Carmarthen Bus Station whilst operating the first day of service on the 701

Lewis Coaches YJ55WSX is seen at Carmarthen Bus Station whilst operating the first day of service on the 701

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Lewis Coaches AA07XSH is seeen in Carmarthen Bus Station whilst operating the first day of the 701

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Lewis Coaches YJ55WSY is seen outside Synod Inn having missed the first day of service on the 701 Aberystwyth – Cardiff Bay Service

Passengers numbers on today’s observation seemed the same as the former Bryans operations, although the improved coaches by Lewis Coaches hopefully will increase patronage

The Bws Cymru Bus Blog would like to wish Lewis Coaches all the luck with their new venture, and would also like to wish  George Bryan a happy and long retirement

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The New 701 timetable

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