Shoppers heading into Swansea city centre this Christmas can travel on buses for free every Saturday and Sunday during November and December.
Swansea Council has confirmed the ‘Free-Ride Swansea’ public transport offer will be back up and running for the festive period and follows a successful free travel initiative which ran throughout the summer holidays.
Starting on Saturday November 18, the latest free offer will run every Saturday & Sunday in the run up to Christmas Day and will continue for a further five days from 27 – 31 December.
The Council is urging the travelling public to make use of the free bus offer and save money for spending on family and friends over the festive period.
Swansea Council Leader, Rob Stewart, welcomed the latest offer and hopes everyone will take advantage. He said: “This is the third Christmas period in a row that we have provided free transport for families in Swansea.
“Christmas can be an expensive time for everyone but even more so during the ongoing cost of living crisis we continue to face. We have committed to ensuring families in Swansea can save a bit of money on travel costs, leave the car at home and save their petrol money for enjoying the festive period.
“This offer is not just about bringing people into the city centre – although we do want businesses to benefit from seeing more people coming into the city. This is also about giving the public the chance to travel all across Swansea, whether it’s to visit family members or just enjoy to what Swansea has to offer.”
Andrew Stevens, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “One of the main aims has been to encourage more people to use public transport in Swansea.
“We know lots of people travel by car and may not have been on a bus previously. This free bus offer is a great way of introducing more people to public transport and reduce the number of cars on our roads.
“It’s important we support public transport operators in Swansea and do what we can to increase passenger numbers.”