FROM THIS week, Tanat Valley Coaches has announced a new route connecting Llanrhaeadr and Welshpool, with many stops along the way.

The firm's 76 service will now connect Llanrhaeadr, Llangedwyn, Llansantffraid, Llanfechain, as well as Llanfyllin, Guilsfield and finally Welshpool.

A spokesman for the firm said connecting towns and villages had been a 'long standing ambition'.

"It has been a long standing aim of ours to establish a service linking Llangedwyn, Llansantffraid, and Llanfechain with Llanfyllin and this amendment achieves that ambition," they said. "This should make it easier for our customers to attend Doctors appointments, make shopping trips, visit friends etc.

"The link to Welshpool also opens up access to a range of other bus routes that serve Welshpool.

"We have been working hard behind the scenes to make this happen, and it has only been made possible thanks to the help and support of Powys County Council.

"We are thrilled to be offering this service and look forward to seeing old and new faces along our travels."

For more information on the Service 76 route, or to download a timetable, please visit -services/