Transport service devised by USW academic celebrates five successful years

Bwcabws Professor Stuart Cole

A unique transport service for the most rural parts of wales - established following research by a University of South Wales professor - has celebrated five years of operation.

The idea of Bwcabus was originally devised by Emeritus Professor Stuart Cole, from the University's Wales Transport Research Centre (WRTC), in response to a need to improve bus service frequency and the passenger experience in rural areas. 

Bwcabus helps people living in parts of rural Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion get to work and access education, training and health services. The service is tailored to the needs of the passengers by operating in response to pre-booked journey requests, run six days a week.

The WRTC conducted extensive research and held discussions with Welsh Government officials and Carmarthenshire County Council officers, before developing the concept and technical aspects of Bwcabus.

The team developed a software system that allows the service to operate on demand and provide a flexible service. The system incorporates the use of satellite communication and a computerised booking module, demonstrating how modern technology can be applied to issues such as rural transport provisions.

Celebrating five years of Bwcabus being in operation, Professor Cole said: "Happy Birthday Bwcabus - a huge achievement. I am extremely proud to have developed the concept of Bwcabus and take through to delivery. Initially designed as a three year pilot project the service is still thriving five years on and crucially making a difference to people living in rural areas."

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