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CRUISE THE PEMBROKE COAST WITH BIKE BUS!

If you are heading to Pembrokeshire this summer then look out for the new Coastal 'bike' Bus Service, which runs out of Pembroke.

The 'Coastal Cruiser' bus service is the first bus in the country to welcome both bicycles, surfboards and wheelchairs! This innovative service will also run on bio-diesel - an environmentally friendly fuel.

The 'Coastal Cruiser' is being introduced to provide public transport access to the coastline and builds on the success of the 'Puffin Shuttle', 'Celtic Coaster', 'Poppit Rocket' and 'Strumble Shuttle' coastal bus services.

The 'Coastal Cruiser' will provide a valuable solution to rural transport problems in this area, providing daily public transport to enable locals and visitors to go walking, surfing, cycling, climbing or spend a day at the beach.

The bus route follows the coastline from Pembroke to Angle, Freshwater West, Castlemartin, Bosherston, Stackpole and Freshwater East. The bus also serves Broad Haven (South) and Stackpole Quay Car Parks daily and Stack Rocks Car Park at Weekends and Bank Holidays.

Silcox Coaches will be operating the bus service and it is hoped that the initiative will reduce the number of vehicles on the roads in the area and also enable non-car users to access this remote and beautiful part of Pembrokeshire.

Kirsty Morris, Greenways Officer, said "This is the first bus in Pembrokeshire to carry bicycles, free of charge, having the capacity to carry 2x bikes inside the bus at any one time. If this pilot scheme is successful then we hopefully repeat the scheme with other buses in the county. The lane cycling in this area is wonderful, but the bus will be a good back-up just in case those legs get tired!"

This service currently runs 3-days a week in the winter on: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and will start running 7-days a week from Saturday 29th April to Sunday 1st October 2006.

This bus has been introduced by Pembrokeshire County Council, with contributions from Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, as part of the Pembrokeshire Greenways project - helping you access the coast and walk the Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail without having to use a car.

FREE LEAFLETS A Coastal Bus leaflet is available from Tourist Information Centres or by post from Kirsty Morris, Greenways Officer, on: (01437) 776313 or E-mail: greenways@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Timetables can be printed off from the Greenways website at: www.pembrokeshiregreenways.co.uk

Notes Pembrokeshire Coastal Bus Services include; Puffin Shuttle St Davids - Milford Haven. Celtic Coaster St Davids Peninsula. Strumble Shuttle St Davids - Fishguard. Poppit Shuttle Fishguard - Cardigan Coastal Cruiser Pembroke - Angle Peninsula

All of the coastal bus services run until Sunday 1st October 2006.

The Pembrokeshire Greenways project is managed by the Greenways Partnership, made-up of the following organisations: Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Wales, National Trust, Pembrokeshire Access Group, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Pembrokeshire County Council and PLANED

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