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New hourly bus between Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest welcomed

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busTHE NEW hourly T5 bus service between Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest starts operating on Monday, 5 January, with funding from Welsh Government.

Linking Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, New Quay, Cardigan, Fishguard and Haverfordwest, the new service replaces the current x50 and 412 services and is part of the Welsh Government funded Traws Cymru network. It will operate hourly in each direction on weekdays and Saturdays.

A fleet of new more fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly Optare MetroCity single deck buses will be introduced for the route by the end of April. All of the new vehicles will feature coach style interiors, next stop audio announcements and free WiFi for passengers.

Transport Minister Edwina Hart said: “This new service will provide important links to communities in Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. The Welsh Government recognises the importance of bus services in Wales, particularly in rural areas, for providing access to jobs and services. That is why we are upgrading the Traws Cymru network to improve traveling times, accessibility and comfort for passengers.

“We have listened to the findings of Dr Victoria Winkler’s review of the TrawsCymru network and taken opportunities to speed up journey times on this route. It has also been designed to connect with TrawsCymru T1 service at Aberaeron for passengers wishing to travel to Lampeter and Carmarthen.”

Councillor Alun Williams, Cabinet Member for Transport at Ceredigion County Council said “Good bus services are vital to the economy of Ceredigion. We’re very pleased to be able to provide this significantly improved service in partnership with the Welsh Government. The new T5 will add to the other bus improvements we’ve made in the last year to give excellent links across the whole length of the county and beyond.”

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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