One of our respected local bus companies has launched a new market day bus between St Weonards and Abergavenny via Broad Oak, Garway Common, Skenfrith, Grosmont, Cross Ash and Llanvetherine. The 438 service operates at 0930 from St Weonards and returns from Abergavenny Bus Station at 1315 on Tuesdays only. The journey takes just under an hour and commenced on 22nd November 2016. Ian Phillips of I&S Coaches comments:

“The aim is to serve our local borderland community; we know that Abergavenny market attracts people from far afield. We have timed the bus from St Weonards so as to connect with the 0840 Stagecoach 36 bus from Hereford and look forward to welcoming passengers back to a service which has not operated for at least 20 years. If this succeeds we’ll look to provide more market day buses to other towns from the Broad Oak and Garway area. The day return fare is £5 from St Weonards/Garway area and English and Welsh bus passes are accepted.”

Les Lumsdon, our RBfH Bus Campaign Coordinator comments:

“Members can enjoy one of the best scenic rides in the Welsh borderlands by catching the 0840 Stagecoach bus from the Country Bus Station to St Weonards and then the 438 onward to Abergavenny. Enjoy one of the liveliest markets in Wales and return on the X3 Stagecoach bus to Hereford at 1330, 1500 or 1600 arriving back in Hereford one hour later. Of course, those who live in the south of the county might drive to St Weonards and park up there for a return trip to Abergavenny. We need to give Ian all the support we can for this service is operated commercially and its future depends on there being sufficient passengers on board.”

Intending passengers needing more information should contact Ian on (01432) 264968 or see Herefordshire Council’s Bus Travel section for the current full timetable.