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City bus station set to reopen Sunday 12 July

Swansea's main bus station will open its doors to bus passengers from Sunday 12 July.

Bus station

The public transport facility has been closed to travelling public since the lockdown began and bus passengers have since picked up limited bus services along Caer Street.

Swansea Council has been working in recent weeks to prepare the site for passengers, making a number of changes to the bus station to ensure passengers are safe when waiting for their bus.

When reopened on Sunday 12 July, the bus station will be open seven days a week with all bus and coach services operating from there.

To ensure social distancing is maintained, buses can only use every other bus bay - this will result in larger waiting areas within the bus station to help keep passengers safe.

During the lockdown, the bus station has also undergone a deep clean and additional cleansing measures are being implemented when it's reopened.

Seating inside the bus station will also be available but the number of seats will be reduced.

Bus rangers will also be present to offer support and advice about bus services.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement and Infrastructure Management, said: "Public transport is an essential service for many people living and working in Swansea and the bus station in the city centre is key to it operating efficiently.

"Our priority for the reopening is to ensure passengers at safe. This has meant introducing some changes to the physical layout of the bus station such as reducing some of the seating on the concourse.

"Some services will depart from different bays compared to the ones they departed from prior to the lockdown and we will have staff on site who can provide advice and help passengers find their bus easily.

"We've also taken the opportunity to carrying out a deep-clean of the site during the lockdown period and we will have additional cleaning services in place so that passengers can feel reassured about hygiene issues linked to coronavirus."

Jane Reakes-Davies, Interim Managing Director for First Buses Cymru, said: "We are really pleased to see the Swansea City Centre Bus Station reopening this weekend. During the lockdown our services have been running from St Mary's Church and Caer Street, but all routes will now return to the bus station from Sunday 12th July.

"Social distancing measures will be in place in the bus station and they continue whilst on board First Cymru buses.  We are still operating a 2 metre social distancing rule on board to ensure the safety of our passengers and drivers. Whilst this does reduce our capacity you can now track how many seats, including the wheelchair space, are available on our buses by downloading our First Bus App - available on the App Store and Google Play Store.

"For more information about the additional cleaning and safety measures in place on board, and for updates to our timetables please visit our Covid-19 Customer Information webpage."

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