That’s the claim made by Swansea Bay’s sustainable transport partnership BayTrans in association with Tourism Swansea Bay in launching what is believed to be one of the most comprehensive information services on public transport for visitors.
Visitors arriving in the Swansea Bay area without a car as well as those wishing for a change from driving now have the perfect partner www.swanseabaywithoutacar.com for instant online information on how to get there and to its many attractions which is backed by a printed Visitor Travel Guide.
The new website helps correct many of the myths about the inadequacy of public transport as Swansea Bay is so well connected by train, coach and air from the UK and the rest of the world! And local buses will get you to attractions all over the area frequently and at affordable prices.
Fiona Rickson who runs self-catering business Cwmshon Cottages in the Swansea Valley finds the website very helpful “Though off the beaten track, we get visitors without a car or who want a break from driving. Our first guests to use the site were a family who had come from Taiwan to watch top Swansea City Taiwanese player Ki Sung Yeung score the clinching goal against Manchester United on 21st February; they had arrived at Swansea by train and travelled to their accommodation by bus. They also loved the Swansea Valley
and have promised to return”.
As the principal public transport provider in the area, Justin Davies, Managing Director of First Cymru buses is enthusiastic about the potential to attract many more visitors by public transport “buses provide visitor connectivity to many of the iconic places sought out by visitors … Mumbles, Gower, Afan Forest Park and Waterfalls Country … and it is hoped many coming by car will take advantage of the bus whilst they are here”.
John Davies of BayTrans says “the new website puts Swansea Bay in the ‘premier league’ as far as information on public transport for visitors is concerned. I experienced changes in the visitor market at first hand when managing the Gower Sunday Explorer buses in recent years and noticed a large increase in young overseas visitors who rely on public transport to get around; this website will be immensely beneficial to such as these visitors”.
For more information:
John Davies, BayTrans 07967 389329
Cathy Lewis, Tourism Swansea Bay 01792 403339