THE Vale of Glamorgan Council has stepped in to support a local bus service.

The 95A Cardiff Bus service from Cardiff to Penarth will begin on Monday April 1 replacing the previous 95A and 95B bus services, which were axed by Cardiff Bus.

Financial support has now been provided to one new service by the Vale to ensure the link between Penarth and Llandough Hospital is still available.

Cllr John Thomas, leader of the council, said: “Good bus services are vital to many people’s lives, offering a convenient and safe way to travel at a reasonable cost. This service in particular provided a much valued link between Penarth and Llandough Hospital.

“Thanks to financial support provided by the council this link will continue to operate for the next twelve months at least.

“Following the withdrawal by Cardiff Bus of commercial bus service X91 from Llantwit Major to Cardiff via St Athan, Rhoose and north Barry the council is also in discussions with a number of bus operators to see what the options are for a fast bus service or bus service link from Llantwit Major, St Athan and Rhoose to Cardiff.”

The new 95A service connects Redlands Road and Llandough Hospital using the same route of its predecessor.

It will no longer serve the Cowslip and Cogan, due to timing issues. Both of these areas are however served by another council-supported bus service, the 89.