Carmarthenshire County Council is encouraging people to hop on board and try public transport during ‘Catch the Bus Week’ which takes place from July 2 until 8.

The national event raises awareness about the benefits of travelling by bus with the hope of achieving long term travel change.

There are several public transport services in Carmarthenshire, including buses specifically to serve rural communities, such as Bwcabus which allows anyone to book a journey, linking those who feel stranded to the mainline busses and further afield.

The council partners with a number of companies to service a large network of routes, and also subsidises services such as Carmarthen’s Park and Ride from Nantyci.

During Catch the Bus Week, the council is encouraging people to travel by bus to explore Carmarthenshire’s fantastic events.

Cllr Hazel Evans, Executive Board Member for Environment, including transport, said: “During Catch the Bus Week I would really encourage people to leave the car at home even if just for one day, and experience how comfortable and convenient the bus can be. Buses boost the economy and carry more commuters daily than all other forms of transport combined, providing crucial access to many people who are dependent on the services for work and personal needs.

“With bus services such as Bwcabus allowing those in very rural areas to plan and book journeys, the bus services are becoming increasingly accessible to all.

“A number of events coincide with Catch the Bus Week - why not make the most of both and jump on the bus down to Pembrey and Burry Port Carnival or visit the town of Ammanford to try your hand at some arts and crafts.”

For more information visit the travel section on the council’s website to plan your journeys and visit the Discover Carmarthenshire website to see what’s on.