This morning I had the opportunity to visit Cardiff Bus’s Sloper Road depot.
I met with members of the staff team including drivers, operations supervisors, customer service and maintenance and repair mechanics.
I also sat down with Chief Executive Celia Ogbonna and Chair of the Board Counicllor Ed Stubbs for a discussion about the future of buses in the city and how we can work together to make sure a good service is able to run and attract passengers.
While I was at the depot I had a look at one of the new electric buses, currently on trial on the number 6 ‘baycar’ route. Cardiff Bus are hopefully that they’ll be able to move towards the fleet being electric but this would require huge investment as the greener buses are much more expensive than the standard stock.
The operations team showed me how they keep an eye on traffic cameras around the city, and monitor which services are running on time. They are able to be in radio contact with any driver and provide guidance to get services back on track.
In the offices there is a whole series of photographs of bus and tram transport in Cardiff over many decades – I particularly liked this photograph of ‘Pentwyn before Pentwyn’ – the estates of Pentwyn are now situated in the hills in the background of the photograph.
Cardiff Bus provide services across the city – you can find timetables and the latest information on their website.