First Cymru

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First Cymru
First YX14 RUC (crop).jpg
Enviro200 Dart in Maesteg in April 2014
Parent FirstGroup
Headquarters Penlan
Service area South Wales
Service type Bus & coach services
Depots 6
Fleet 387 (March 2014)

First Cymru[1] is an operator of bus services in South Wales. It is a subsidiary of FirstGroup with Its headquarters in Penlan, Swansea.


Plaxton bodied Volvo B7R in Cardiff in March 2006
Wright StreetCar operating an Ftrmetro Swansea journey in February 2014

In 1987, South Wales Transport was sold during the privatisation of the National Bus Company in a management buy out.[2]

In February 1990, along with Brewers Motor Services and United Welsh Coaches, South West Transport was sold to Badgerline.[3] All initially retained their trading names but following Badgerline merging with GRT Group in April 1995 to form FirstBus, all Welsh operations were rebranded as First Cymru.


The company operates around 200 bus services in the south Wales area, in and between Haverfordwest, Pembroke, Tenby, Carmarthen, Llanelli, Swansea, Pontardawe, Neath, Port Talbot, Maesteg, Bridgend and Cardiff.

The company operates an FTR bus rapid transit route in Swansea, branded Swansea Metro, and a frequent shuttle service from Swansea to Cardiff. For students of Swansea University, service 82A, branded the Bright Orange Bus, links the university to the Hendrefoelan Student Village. First Cymru operates park and ride sites, which are located at Fabian Way, Fforestfach and Landore in Swansea.


First Cymru operate the Greyhound service from Swansea to Bristol Airport.

T9 Cardiff Airport Shuttle[edit]

From their Cardiff depot First Cymru operate the T9 Cardiff Airport shuttle bus between Cardiff city centre and Cardiff Airport. Running every twenty minutes the service is jointly sponsored by the Welsh Government and the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

National Express[edit]

Until July 2012 First Cymru were a National Express contractor and operated services on routes:


As at March 2014 the fleet consisted of 387 buses and coaches.[4]


First Cymru operate seven depots in Bridgend, Cardiff, Haverfordwest, Llanelli, Port Talbot, Tycroes and Ravenhill.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 133884 First Cymru Buses Limited formerly The South Wales Transport Company Limited
  2. ^ NBC sale at halfway stage Commercial Motor 16 May 1987 page 21
  3. ^ Names remain the same Commercial Motor 1 March 1990 page 20
  4. ^ a b FirstGroup Fleetlist Steve White

External links[edit]

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