Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has worked with bus operator Stagecoach to provide more frequent buses along the 122 service from Tonypandy to Cardiff.
From Monday, November 27, buses will travel the route four times an hour (every 15 minutes), an increase from three times an hour (every 20 minutes).
The route itself will also expand, serving Cefn yr Hendy for the first time.
The expansion of the 122 service will improve the public transport offer and encourage residents to use the bus as a suitable alternative to driving – in turn reducing congestion and improving traffic flow on local routes.
It follows the Council’s refurbishment of Tonypandy Bus Station last year, and the significant ongoing investment to improve the bus stops along the A4119 corridor followed by the bus.
The Council also recently allocated an additional £1m, through #RCTinvest, to progress the dualling of the A4119 between Coedely and Ynysmaerdy – known locally as ‘Stinkpot Hill’ – to improve traffic flow at peak times. The scheme will be delivered in a future financial year.
Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said:
“During the past 12 months the Council has invested in the refurbishment of Tonypandy Bus Station, as well as bus stop facilities along this major route for the benefit of commuters. Through #RCTinvest, the Council is significantly investing in transport and highways infrastructure.
“A better transport network will reduce traffic congestion on our roads and make it easier for residents to travel by public transport.
“I am pleased that our improvements along the A4119 corridor have now been matched with more buses provided each hour by Stagecoach, emphasising the strength of the Council’s working relationship with them. By making services more frequent and visiting new communities such as Cefn yr Hendy, it will make public transport a more attractive alternative to driving.”
Nigel Winter, Managing Director of Stagecoach in South Wales, added:
“Working with Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council we have increased the frequency of bus service 122 from a 20 minute service to a 15 minute service. This is great news for passengers in the Rhondda Cynon Taff who wish to travel from Tonypandy to Cardiff via Talbot Green.
“We have invested heavily in new technology to provide customers with better information about their journey and an easier way of booking and paying for tickets. Our new website and app allows customers to find their nearest bus stop, plan their journey, find out when the next bus is due through the use of real-time information and buy their tickets.
“The app also enables customers to track their progress during their journey so they know when to get off the bus. As well as traditional cash payments we offer smart ticketing, mobile, payments, and we have committed to introducing contactless payments by 2018.”