A BUS service will begin running from the Barry transport interchange early next year after the Vale of Glamorgan Council reached agreement with operator Adventure Travel.

From Monday, January 8, the B3 will stop at the location, near Barry Docks train station, on its route to Cadoxton from Barry and on its way back.

The service, which is funded by the council, will run seven times a day instead of eight which will improve reliability, helping it run on time.

Penarth Times: The new service will go to CadoxtonThe new service will go to Cadoxton (Image: Vale Council)

Barry’s new £2.7m transport interchange has taken a lot of flack when it was revealed that when it opened, it had no bus services to serve it...

Mayor of Barry Ian Johnson described the interchange as “beautiful”, but asked: “where’s the buses?”

While Welsh Conservative shadow transport minister Natasha Asghar described the whole situation as “ridiculous”.

Even Barry Pleasure Park owner Henry Danter weighed in on the issue, saying he had a plan to bring buses to the interchange, just let him build his holiday camp...

In an impassioned message on Facebook, Vale leader Cllr Lis Burnett refused to apologise for the completion of the interchange, saying it had improved the area and would prove vital in the future.

Penarth Times: The bus interchange previously served no bus routesThe bus interchange previously served no bus routes (Image: Newsquest)

Penarth Times: Now, a new service will start in JanuaryNow, a new service will start in January (Image: Newsquest)

Penarth Times: The interchange, near the docks, has been derided for not serving busesThe interchange, near the docks, has been derided for not serving buses (Image: Newsquest)

Barry Town Council leader Cllr Bronwen Brooks previously said the interchange would have a "huge impact" on public transport in the area, when the project began construction back in January.

Now, Cllr Brooks premonition might be coming true, although not at the pace she might have liked.

Cllr Brooks said of the new bus service: “At a difficult time for bus operators, due to declining usage and reducing Welsh Government funding, I’m pleased that we are able to provide this service from the Barry Dock Transport Interchange.

“The changes made to the timetable will increase service reliability, part of wider council work to improve this aspect of bus provision.

“We know a large number of residents depend on bus transport to travel around the county, which is why we want to provide a more useful, effective service.

“This should be of particular benefit to residents in Gibbonsdown, western and central Barry who will have a direct bus service into the interchange and is the latest development regarding that facility, with work continuing to further add to the services on offer.”