A new bus service between Chepstow and Bristol launched this week will provide a vital link for commuter, social and student journeys.
The T7 Traws Hafren service operated by Newport Bus started on Monday and will run from Chepstow to Bristol’s city centre via the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre on a regular basis, seven days a week. Additional early morning and evening services will connect Magor and Caldicot.
Following the withdrawal of the X7 service in June 2020, Monmouthshire County Council and the Welsh Government launched a trial Traws Hafren service and the route was put to tender in the autumn to ensure long-term continuity of this important link between South Wales and Bristol. The contract awarded to Newport Bus runs for five years – a significant investment by the Welsh Government.
Tickets will be available when boarding the bus and via the TrawsCymru app. Pre-booking of seats is to be integrated into the app and fares will remain the same, offering outstanding value especially for those commuting regularly.
Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for public transport, Councillor Jane Pratt said: “This is a significant regional service that offers crucial access for those travelling to work, for education or providing services as well as boosting tourism and linking friends and families. We are extremely grateful to the Welsh Government for investing in this vital strategic service.”
Scott Pearson, Managing Director for Newport Transport added: “We’re excited to have been chosen to run the new T7 service. This is the first TrawsCymru service that the company has operated, and so we look forward to developing this service into the best it can be for our customers. This is a big milestone for Newport Bus and we hope to demonstrate our worth to assist improving the TrawsCymru network.”
Timetable and ticket price information is available from the Newport Bus website: www.newportbus.co.uk/traws-hafren-t7-route