Launch of Ruthin’s pioneering public transport system
Denbighshire County Council and Transport for Wales are set to introduce an innovative, demand-responsive public transport system in and around the Ruthin area.
Called Fflecsi, launched Monday 14th March, she is one of the only examples of her type in Wales. He joins the pilots at Denbigh and Prestatyn in Denbighshire.
As part of the Council’s climate emergency declaration, it will also be operated by the country’s first ever 100% emission-free 16-seater minibus. This is thanks to the support of the Welsh Government and the Welsh Government Energy Service.
The transport program will also provide useful information on the suitability of these useful vehicles in other similar situations and locations across Wales.
Prospective passengers will be able to book their transport on demand an hour in advance by downloading and using the Fflecsi app, on the fflecsi.wales website or by phoning a dedicated call centre. The app can then keep the customer informed of any change in pick-up time.
The Ruthin Fflecsi will be available in the city of Ruthin itself. The vehicle is capable of driving through most urban cul-de-sacs in Ruthin. This will introduce a bus service for many people in Ruthin for the first time.
Fflecsi will also serve several villages and hamlets including Bontuchel, Clawddnewydd, Clocaenog, Cyffylliog, Derwen, Graigfechan, Llanelidan, Pentrecelyn and Rhydymeudwy.
Where Fflecsi has already been introduced in rural areas, it has so far seen an increase in passenger demand compared to previous scheduled bus services.
Cllr Brian Jones, Senior Member for Waste, Transport and Environment, said: “There is now flexibility as to where passengers can travel. Destinations in Ruthin no longer just have to be the town center and can now include the leisure centre, one of three supermarkets, doctors surgeries, hospital or even anywhere the bus can safely negotiate . This also includes the possibility for villagers to reach Coleg Llysfasi without changing buses, for example.
“Fflecsi offers a solution that can adapt passenger needs in a much more specific way. The range of pick-ups and destinations is greatly improved. Traditional bus services in Ruthin and the villages to the south and west of the town have traditionally been quite limited. We hope that by being flexible, we can provide more opportunities for existing passengers and we can also attract new users.
James Price, CEO of Transport for Wales, said: “This innovative service is an important part of Transport for Wales and the Welsh Government’s vision to reduce car use and promote greener forms of travel, while supporting the local economy and ensuring access to public transport. . We have been pleased with the success of Fflecsi drivers across Wales and are delighted to be able to extend the service with a new electric vehicle.
Deputy Climate Change Minister for Transport, Lee Waters, said: “Fflecsi is a new scheme to make bus services more accessible and useful for daily commuting. It gives passengers more control over how they move by giving them access to reliable and flexible travel, while helping to build a greener Wales.