We’re pleased to confirm that the 65 bus service is continuing, despite the current difficult circumstances. The bus is running to its usual timetable WITH THE EXCEPTION OF the 1715 service from Chepstow to Monmouth and all Saturday services, which are temporarily suspended.
We are very grateful to Monmouthshire County Council for recognising the value of this service for essential travel to and from work and the shops. We also owe a great debt of thanks to all the drivers for keeping this service going.
We will update the website whenever there are any changes that affect the service.
In January 2020 we undertook a survey to gain a better understanding of why and when people use the 65 bus. Here are the results: –
65 bus survey analysis and final report March 2020
There are lots of lovely refreshment spots on the 65 bus route. There are plenty of pubs, cafes and coffee bars in Chepstow and Monmouth. And there are lovely country pubs and cafes along the route where you can enjoy morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. By using the timetables you can plan to travel by bus, enjoy a leisurely break and then return by a later bus.
Pubs and cafes include: –
The Lion Inn, Trellech
The Carpenter’s Arms, Llanishen (lunch Wed-Sun 12-2; coffee and cakes Friday 10-12) Tel: 01600 860812
The Pig and Apple, Penallt (Weds-Sat 10:30am to 8:30pm; Sun 10:30am to 4:30pm)
Trellech Teas (every Friday 2-4:30pm)
Monmouthshire CC has published the Easter timetable for the 65 bus: –
Good Friday 19th April – Normal Monday to Friday Service
Easter Saturday 20th April – Normal Saturday Service
Easter Sunday 21st April – No Service
Easter Monday 22nd April – No service
It was a pleasure to meet George Jones (Communities, Equalities & Local Government Lead in the office of the Older People’s Commissiner for Wales). He came to Monmouth to hear the story of setting up the Friends of the 65 Bus & to learn about what we’re doing to promote & develop the service. He said it was refreshing to hear such a good news story about what can be achieved when communities and local authorities work in partnership. He told us that he will be using our work as an example when he talks to others across Wales.
This Spring we’re challenging you to leave your car at home for one day each week and take the bus instead. Could you use the bus more frequently? Can you ask your friends and neighbours to use leave their cars at home and take the bus instead? If you (or they) don’t live on the 65 bus route, you could drive to one of the villages to park, and then take the bus – a sort of Park-and-Ride. It make sense for the environment, saves parking hassles, saves money and helps us promote the bus. So go on – get out of your car and hop on the bus!
After our first heavy snowfall of the winter, it’s easy to feel like the long dark winter months will never end. But from our bus we can see the signs of spring – snowdrops, catkins and even some daffodils. They all grow at various places on the verges along the route. And the snow on the distant Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons remind us what a beautiful bus route we are lucky enough to enjoy!
St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, making her the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine. We celebrate her on 25th January. You can read her story here
Why not make your New Year’s resolution to travel more often on the 65 bus? And tell your family, friends and neighbours about the bus. No more worries about finding a car park space; do your bit to address global warming; enjoy the company of other passengers; and, if you have a bus pass, it’s all absolutely FREE!
We have received details of the Christmas and New Year Timetable for the 65 Bus from Monmouthshire County Council:
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR TIMETABLE FOR THE 65 BUS
Monday 24 December – Normal Monday to Friday Service
Tuesday 25 December – No service
Wednesday 26 December – No service
Thursday 27 December – Saturday Service
Friday 28 December – Saturday Service
Saturday 29 December – Saturday service
Sunday 30 December – No service
Monday 31 December – Normal Monday to Friday Service
Tuesday 1 January – No Service
Wednesday 2 January – Normal service resumes
Hope this is helpful to all our passengers