An FTR bus travelling south from Ffordd y Gollewin
towards the Civic Centre
|Transit type||Bus Rapid Transit|
|Number of lines||1|
|Number of stations||27|
|Began operation||September 2009|
|Number of vehicles||10|
The Welsh Assembly Government provided £2.2m in funding to help launch the scheme. and the local bus operator First Cymru paid for the fleet at a cost of £300,000 per vehicle. The buses, built by Northern Ireland-based Wrightbus, each have 37 seats. Stops are placed approximately every 500m and passengers pay for tickets on-board from a conductor rather than from the driver.
The bus runs along a route from Morriston Hospital to Singleton Hospital, via Morriston, Swansea railway station, Kingsway, Swansea bus station, Civic Centre and Swansea University. The off-peak journey time between Morriston Hospital and Swansea University is timetabled to take 50 minutes. 
Alterations have been made to a number of roads to provide a dedicated bus lane. Orchard Street and The Kingsway have been converted to a one-way streets for cars with a separate two-way bus lane. West Way has been altered to accommodate a two-way bus lane and new access roads have been developed near the Civic Centre. Further road developments include a bus lane along parts of Oystermouth Road and a bus bypass road past the Hafod area.
Phase 1 of the road development scheme, for Orchard Street and Kingsway, is complete. The service between Morriston Hospital and Singleton started on bus route 4, using a single ftr vehicle, on 1 June 2009 with official launch of service in September 2009.
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