The Gower Explorer
is a bus service, previously operated by Veolia Transport Cymru
and now First Cymru
, which provides services to Gowerton
, Horton, Llangennith, Llanmadoc, Llanrhidian, Oxwich
, Port Eynon
The service was launched in 2004 after a £575,500 transport grant from the Welsh Assembly Government
. Swansea Council used this grant to buy a fleet of six buses - four larger ones for the main routes and two small ones for the peninsula's tricky narrow lanes. Two east-west trunk routes and a linking north-south shuttle serve almost every village in the Gower, a prime tourist area west of Swansea.
In June 2010, Swansea Council announced withdrawal of bus subsidies to save £200,000 and the Gower Explorer will run on a commercial basis from July 19th 2010. Evening services will be severely curtailed and Sunday service on the northern trunk route will be withdrawn.
The success of the Gower Explorer, most notably a rise in passengers on the southern route of 18.4%, while north Gower has seen a 16.5% increase, saw the service receive a prestigious Guardian
Transport award in 2006.