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"Hop, Shop & Save from today!" But still no direct bus service to Cardiff for the residents of Cynon Valley the question is why?

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council headline, "Hop, Shop & Save from today!" But still no direct bus service to Cardiff for the residents of Cynon Valley the question is why? So what is Transport for Wales all about? Is it just selected areas who benefit like Rhondda and Merthyr and other south Wales valleys who have a direct bus service to Cardiff? Cynon Valley residents are being let down by Assembly members and our MP who resides in Cardiff and our AM now also lives outside Cynon Valley so I have been informed don't know if it is correct. Why has Cynon Valley always have to put up with second best?

The people of Cynon Valley keep voting in Labour why shouldn't Cynon Valley residents enjoy the same service as other parts of Rhondda Cynon Taf? We all pay the same council tax.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council press release below.    

Travelling with Stagecoach is about to be win-win for users and businesses with the launch of the new Hop, Shop & Save scheme.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council in partnership with Stagecoach, and with the support of the Pontypridd Business Improvement District, have introduced this exciting scheme to support traders in our Town Centres, whilst providing residents and visitors the opportunity to save some cash while out shopping.

Through the Hop, Shop & Save partnership, Stagecoach in South Wales will promote local businesses in return for them providing Stagecoach passengers with a discount on products and/or services upon the production of a valid bus ticket, or for Smart card users, production of a receipt.

The Hop, Shop & Save scheme will be available in the seven Rhondda Cynon Taf towns of Pontypridd, Aberdare, Treorchy, Tonypandy, Porth, Ferndale and Mountain Ash.

The scheme is predicted to bring benefits such as boosting footfall across towns, improving the customer offer, both from a town centre perspective and a Stagecoach perspective, boosting business takings and subsequently boosting the local economy, encouraging people to choose an alternative form of transport to the car, which in turn can reduce costs and improve the environment, as well as providing people with discounts in their favourite shops.

Councillor Robert Bevan, Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development & Housing said “Once again Rhondda Cynon Taf Council are leading the way in Wales by working to regenerate our Town Centres for both businesses, residents and visitors. The Hop, Shop & Save scheme makes perfect sense for everyone - passengers can save money whilst doing their bit for the environment and businesses can advertise to thousands of Stagecoach users whilst enticing people into their stores and the wider Town Centre.

“The innovative Hop, Shop & Save scheme is part of a package of support that Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is providing to businesses in our Town Centres. We have introduced the generous Town Centre Maintenance Grant to improve shop frontages, physical regeneration projects such as the de-pedestrianisation of Tonypandy, the major Taff Vale Redevelopment that will bring over 1000 jobs into Pontypridd and have significant positive impact on footfall, as well as regenerating derelict buildings into housing within Town Centres, such as the Boot Hotel in Aberdare.”

The Hop, Shop & Save scheme is the first of its kind in Wales, and highlights the Council’s continuing commitment to supporting our Town Centres through a range of measures aimed at boosting footfall as well as physical regeneration within our towns.

Nigel Winter, Managing Director of Stagecoach in South Wales added “working in partnership with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has meant that together we have been able to engage with local businesses to successfully launch the Hop, Shop & Save scheme.

“This scheme provides a great opportunity for Stagecoach to support local businesses as well providing Stagecoach passengers with the opportunity to save themselves some money.”

Businesses who would like more information on the scheme or who would like to join the many businesses signed up already signed up to the scheme, please contact Rosa Williams, Marketing Manager for Stagecoach in South Wales onrosa.williams@stagecoachbus.com