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28 July 2014
Janice Dudley reports

First Cymru gets on board to support the Eisteddfod 

As the countdown to the Eisteddfod gets underway, First Cymru has confirmed the transport arrangements for this year’s nine-day festival. The company has also taken time out to help promote a free exhibition taking place at Carmarthenshire Country Library. 

Bus operator First Cymru is the official transport partner for the Eisteddfod in Llanelli and as such is offering festival goers a range of options for getting there and back. 

It will be providing 

  •       A free shuttle bus service linking Llanelli Railway Station and Bus Station with the Maes 
  •        This will operate every 20 minutes throughout the day and evening. 
  •        Buses from the train station will leave at 05, 25 and 45 minutes past the hour, 
  •       From the bus station they’ll leave at 10, 30 and 50 minutes past the hour 
  •    From Maes, they’ll leave at 10, 30 and 50 minutes past the hour. 
  •    Park & Ride services from Burry Port, Parc y Scarlets, Delta Lakes and North Dock  to the Maes 
  •  They will operate at least every 15 minutes from 7am until 11pm each day (likely to be more frequent at peak times) 
  •   Three daily coaches providing journeys to and from the Eisteddfod site, leaving from:   
  •    Newport, Cardiff and Sarn; 
  •    Pontypridd, Merthyr Tydfil and Neath 
  •    Port Talbot and Swansea 

In addition, the company has been working with well-regarded Welsh author and academic David Greenslade and internationally renowned Welsh artist John Welson to produce some unique cove panels for the buses in and around Llanelli. 

Having donated the advertising space and having produced the unique cove panels itself, First has been helping to raise awareness of the exhibition in Llanelli in the run up to the National Eisteddfod.  The panels, which have been fixed on the interior of 50 buses for the summer, feature poems – in Welsh - written by David Greenslade alongside beautiful illustrations created by John Welson.  Both are inspired by the crowds that attend the Eisteddfod each year. 

The exhibition is taking place at Carmarthenshire County Library from 28 July – 9 August. Entry is free. 

For more information about the Eisteddfod and the transport arrangements, log onto:   

Complete transport information can also be found at: 
www.eisteddfod.org.uk/english/getting-to-the-maes/ (English) or www.eisteddfod.org.uk/cymraeg/cyrraedd-maes-2014/ (Welsh). 

For more information contact Karen Baxter, PR Manager, First on 0117 373 6470 or 07894785155. Email:Karen.baxter@firstgroup.com 


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