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Celebrate Heritage Transport Day

PUDC Pontypridd Guy rear entrance saloon new 1957

PUDC Pontypridd Guy rear entrance saloon new 1957
A Pontypridd UDC bus

Fancy turning back the clock and taking a ride on a vintage bus this weekend?

Cardiff Transport Preservation Group are offering free heritage bus rides to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the end of the former Urban District Councils, which included Pontypridd and Aberdare, who ran their own bus services.

Several former Urban District Council’s buses are in the heritage collection run by the charity group at The Bus Depot in Barry and members of the public will have the opportunity to travel on board them on Sunday May 4th.

The celebratory “Running Day” means there will be a bus departing The Bus Depot giving free travel, every half hour throughout the day to a local destination. Some will be privately owned heritage buses. All buses will be between 33 to 62 years old.

Mike Taylor Chairman of the group said, “This weekend we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Urban District Councils that once existed across South Wales – there were several including Aberdare, Caerphilly, Pontypridd, Bedwas & Machen, Gelligaer, and the West Monmouthshire Board.

“We have some heritage buses from these old councils, some giving free rides and others that are under restoration. We are also raising funds to bring a special bus, a 63 year old half-cab AEC Bedwas & Machen UDC single decker back from South Africa – the last single deck bus built in Cardiff in 1951.

“Surprise visiting buses are on the cards for the Running Day, including two single deckers, a 1952 Leyland that operated in Caerphilly and a Bristol that once ran in the Valleys from Aberdare and eastward over to Chepstow.

“We will be selling a timetable on the day to go towards the cost of fuel and donations for getting the bus in South Africa back to Barry.”

For more information about the Running Day on Sunday May 4th visit www.ctpg.co.uk or email mikeystrad73@btinternet.com

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