Thousands of people flocking to the annual Pride Cymru Parade are getting helpful travel advice from Cardiff Bus.
The operator is alerting attendees to road closures and route diversions ahead of the hugely successful event set to take place in Cardiff this weekend.
The annual Pride Parade will take place on Saturday 24 August where thousands of people are expected to fill the capital’s streets and celebrate LGBTQ+ communities across Wales.
Some of the city centre roads will be closed, from 10:00 to 13:30, while the parade takes place including North Road, Kingsway, Duke Street, Castle Street, Lower St. Mary Street, Mill Lane, Canal Street and Customhouse Street.
Certain buses will divert and start and end from different city centre stops than normal.
City Circle services 1 & 2 will start from Churchill Way HN, and the 11, 44/45, 49/50, 52, 57/58 will also start from Churchill Way.
Baycar, service 13 (to the Bay) and the 91 to Penarth Pier will all start from a temporary stop outside the Radisson Blu Hotel on Bute Terrace.
Cross city services 8, 9 & X45 will be split in the city centre. The 8 & 9 to the Bay/Sports Village and X45 to Cardiff Bay Asda will start from Westgate Street KG, while the 8 & 9 to Heath Hospital and the X45 to St. Mellons will start from Churchill Way.
Buses to the north of the city, the 21 & 23, 24, 25, 27, 28/28A/28B & 35 will start from Greyfriars Road. Service 30 to Newport will start from Greyfriars Road also.
From 09:30 to 13:30 buses 21 & 23, 24 outbound, 25 inbound & 27 will enter and exit the city centre along Park Place and Colum Road as North Road will be closed from Colum Road to the city centre. From 09:30 to 11:00 these services will start/end from their normal terminal points and serve city centre stops as normal.
Services 13 (to Drope), 15, 17 & 18, 25, 61, 63, 64, 66 & 96 will all start from their normal stops on Westgate Street, but on their inbound journeys to the city centre will run along Neville Street, Fitzhamon Embankment and Wood Street instead of Cardiff Bridge.
Cardiff East Park & Ride service X59 will start and end from Dumfries Place HT all day, while the County Hall shoppers park & ride will start from a temporary stop outside the Radisson Blu Hotel on Bute Terrace.
Gareth Stevens, Operations and Commercial Director at Cardiff Bus said all information on the route alterations and closures could be found on its website https://www.cardiffbus.com/pride-parade-saturday-24-august or via its social media pages during the weekend.
Mr Stevens said:
“The Pride Cymru Parade is set to be a fantastic celebration for everyone across Cardiff and we hope everyone has a brilliant time.
“To ensure everyone can attend and enjoy the event we will continue running our services throughout the city, and service stops near, and surrounding, the event.
“Our website and social media pages will contain vital travel information and updates throughout the weekend to ensure all those attending are kept informed.
“If you’re planning on travelling to the Pride event, why not let Cardiff Bus be your chauffeur for the day? If you’re travelling with family or a group of friends, then why not take advantage of our family and group-day-to-go tickets and save money on your bus travel! See cardiffbus.com for ticket prices.
“Cardiff Bus supports Pride Cymru against any kind of discrimination, while celebrating the advances in equality over the last 50 years.”
“We’d like to wish everyone a great weekend.”
Cardiff Bus would also like to remind people that it will be running Sunday timetables on Bank Holiday Monday, 26 August.
Info about Bank Holiday events can be found on the Cardiff Bus website here: https://www.cardiffbus.com/august-bank-holiday-weekend