Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire Councils have announced the awarding of the new contract for the 40 bus service - between Aberystwyth and Carmarthen via Lampeter - to First Cymru.
The new contract will commence in the first week of August, and will be a significant improvement upon the current service:
* There will be four new return services on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
* A brand new late-night return service will be launched between Aberystwyth and Lampeter.
* There will be a new early-morning service leaving Aberystwyth at 7.40am, arriving in Lampeter by 9am.
* In addition, the 5.07pm service from Carmarthen, which currently stops at Lampeter, will now travel all the way through to Aberystwyth.
The changes have all been agreed in response to requests at public consultation events and they represent a significant improvement to the service.
Since the Arriva pull-out in December last year, the two Councils have been negotiating with more sympathetic suppliers and, despite the ongoing funding challenges to the whole of local government, Ceredigion’s bus services are now better than for several years.