Baycar

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Overview
System Cardiff Bus
Vehicle Scania Omnicity (Articulated)
Route
Locale Cardiff city centre, Cardiff Bay
Start Porth Teigr or Wales Millennium Centre
Via Norwegian Church, Senedd, Red Dragon Centre, Central Station, St. David's, Intl Arena, Queen Street station, Cathays Park, Cardiff Hilton, Cardiff Castle, St Mary's Street, Millennium Stadium, Central Station, Red Dragon Centre, Senedd, Norwegian Church
End Wales Millennium Centre or Porth Teigr
Service
Frequency 10 mins (15-20 mins off-peak)
Journey time 34 mins

Baycar (also styled as baycar) is a bus service in Cardiff, serving the city centre and Cardiff Bay.

The service forms part of the wider Cardiff Bus network, but is unique in that the entire Baycar bus system includes its own branded vehicles, bus shelters and boards.[1]

History[edit]

The service was introduced in 2006 to connect the city centre to the old Cardiff docklands redeveloped to create Cardiff Bay, a primarily entertainment and retail area.

In 2007, the service was used by 39,000 each month.[1]

Under the 5 year contract, the bus service was subsidised £200,000 per year by Cardiff County Council, who own Cardiff Bus, and by the Welsh Assembly Government.[2]

The Baycar system came second to consumer watchdog Bus Users UK Cymru Wales, under the Best Example of Participation in Transport category, at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Wales' National Transport Awards in 2007.[1]

Service pattern[edit]

Services run from around 06:00 until 23:30 Monday to Saturdays (from 08:00 on Sundays and Bank Holidays). Buses run every 10 minutes Mon-Fri daytimes, every 15 minutes Sat-Sun daytimes and every 20 minutes Mon-Fri late evenings.

The core service operates runs from the Wales Millennium Centre to the northern city centre. The route is extended during peak times (Mon-Fri 0645-1930 (to Civic Centre) / 0645-2010 (to Porth Teigr)) so that the north of the route runs through Cathays Park (the Civic Centre) and the south of the route extends to Porth Teigr.[3]

Fares on the service are £1.80 for a single, or £3.60 for a return (as of October 2014).

Vehicles[edit]

The vehicles, which have their own livery, are equipped with seats with leather headrests, air-conditioning, reserved spaces for buggies and wheelchairs, CCTV, on-bus screens with local travel information and BBC News 24 bulletins, hearing induction loop and next stop information.[4]

Route[edit]

Baycar
King Edward VII Avenue (Cardiff University)
City Hall / National Museum
Kingsway
(Peak only)
(Fri/Sat late eve only)
Greyfriars Road
Cardiff Castle
Dumfries Place
Castle Street
Queen Street Station
St. Mary St
Cardiff Intl Arena
The Hayes (St. David's)
Central Station
(South side)
Magretion Close
Glanhowny Close
Cardiff Bay Station
Atlantic Wharf (Red Dragon Centre)
Millennium Centre
(Peak only)
Norwegian Church
BBC Cardiff Bay
Porth Teigr

The route leaves Cardiff Bay and then circles the city centre anti-clockwise, returning south to towards Cardiff Bay. On Friday and Saturday nights and during events at the Millennium Stadium, only the eastern and northern parts of the city centre are served due to road closures to vehicles. In this case, the baycar service terminates in the city centre at Greyfriars, not continuing down Kingsway and St. Mary Street.

Amongst the landmarks and attractions served are:

Cardiff Bay
Cardiff City Centre

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cardiff's Baycar bus recognised at awards
  2. ^ Cardiff Council
  3. ^ Cardiff Bus: Baycar
  4. ^ Cardiff Bus: Baycar

External links[edit]