Innovative village bus services in the Dyfi Valley
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Residents of Abercegir, Llanwrin and other villages in the Dyfi Valley are trying out brand new bus services that will bring them closer to the shopping, health and other services they need.
People without easy access to a car have had difficulty getting about since the Post Bus service was withdrawn last year.
The Taxi service is good, and CAMAD and the Red Cross can provide door to door transport for some journeys, but for general purpose journeys the bus is a boon.
This is no ordinary bus though. It's a small bus, with a timetable, but it only runs if someone phones to book it.
This means that buses aren't running around empty and wasting money.
Powys County Council has set up a number of these innovative routes throughout the county and the Dyfi Valley 'Book-a-Bus' services are operated by Lloyds Coaches.
Anybody wanting to travel on them has to phone Lloyds on 01654 702100 at least two hours before.
The owner, Wyn Lloyd, said, "It's great that we're able to offer services to places like Darowen and that the fares will be at ordinary bus rates.
"It'll take some time for people to get used to the booking system and we'll be as helpful as we can when people ring up".
The timetables will all be in the new edition of the Dyfi Travel Guide, that will be available from ecodyfi on this site and 01654 703965 towards the end of October.
Meanwhile, people should ask for copies at Lloyds Coaches or Machynlleth Tourist Information Centre (01654 702401).
Wyn Lloyd, Lloyds Coaches: 01654 702100
Tony Goodman or John Forsey, Powys County Council transport section: 01597 826642
Andy Rowland, Chair of Machynlleth & District Local Communty Forum and ecodyfi Manager: 01654 703965