First Minister: Not On the Buses

Welsh Conservatives have today called on Labour’s First Minister to make a New Year’s resolution to use the bus.


When travelling between his offices in Cardiff Bay and Cathays Park in the city, Welsh Labour’s leader has never used the ‘BayCar’ service, provided by Cardiff Bus.


That’s according to information obtained by Welsh Conservatives, via the Freedom of Information Act:


How many journeys the First Minister has taken between Ty Hywel and Cathays Park using the Cardiff BayCar Bus in 2012/13 and 2013/14.



The BayCar added Cathays Park to its route in 2011 – the location of the Welsh Government’s offices. Only a short time before, a minibus service travelling between the Assembly building and Cathays Park had been axed.


Labour ministers have offices in Cardiff’s civic centre, as well as the Bay area, and regularly travel between them.


While never using the bus to do so recently – according to information obtained – the First Minister has used ministerial cars:


How many journeys the First Minister has taken between Ty Hywel and Cathays Park using the Welsh Government car service in 2012/13 and 2013/14.


2012-13           3 journeys

2013-14           8 journeys


In contrast, the Secretary of State for Wales announced he was ditching a ministerial Jaguar earlier this year and the Prime Minister continues to encourage his cabinet team to use public transport where possible.

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Transport, Byron Davies AM, said:


“As First Minister, Labour’s leader has a serious example to set.


“He may trumpet sustainable travel – but taxpayers will rightly question why he never catches a bus to travel between his plush offices.


“We’ve already called on Labour ministers to look again at their penchant for using taxpayer-supported gas-guzzling executive cars.


“But this unwillingness to walk a stone’s throw to a bus stop is pretty ridiculous.


“I hope Labour’s Carwyn Jones will today make a New Year’s resolution to walk a few extra steps and catch the bus more regularly.”