Travel is very important to both Pembroke & Pembroke Dock as both the towns rely so heavily on tourism and it has important links between Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. For this section we have broken the Travel into four sections:
Air transportation is short in South West Wales the nearest airport in Withybush airfield in Haverfordwest, however no public passenger services go from here. Swansea which is 60 miles East has an airfield which had regular services running around Europe via Air Wales, however this service was withdrawn in 2004/2005. Now the nearest public passenger service is Cardiff international Airport [Cardiff International Link].
Figure 1. Map Of South Wales Road Network Provided by Multimap.
Pembroke and Pembroke Dock has relatively good road links to the rest of the United Kingdom, the only drawback is that much of the road network between Pembroke Dock and Carmarthen is not dual carriageway, this totals approximately 20 miles which often does not cause a problem but can when stuck behind slow moving traffic such as tank transporters on their way to the Castlemartin firing range in Pembroke, and also the sheer traffic caused twice daily ferry traffic.
However generally the network does cope with the traffic well. From Carmarthen onwards the road network is all dual carriageway and the nearest motorway (M4) junction is well on the way to swansea at Pont Abraham approximately 40 miles. This motorway connects the South of Wales to the rest of the United Kingdom with ease.
The bus network is run by a number of networks in the Pembroke & Pembroke Dock area, the main three companies are:
- First Cymru (Tenby - Pembroke - Pembroke Dock - Haverfordwest ) [Website]
- National Express (Nationwide travel e.g. Carmarthen, Swansea, Birmingham, London) [Website]
- Silcox Coaches (Local Public and school transport in area) [Website]
The buses run regularly throughout the day depending on the location that they are going to for more information please visit the relevent website as stated above these give you information of pickup and destination times.
Train services are provided in South Wales by two companies:
There are a number of train stations in the area running a regular service including major train stations at:
- Pembroke Dock
- Milford Haven
and minor train stations at:
" A Wales and Borders Train Pulling in at Pembroke Train Station © Pembroke Town Online "
More information about the services provided by First Great Western and Arriva Trains can be found by the links above. However the first great western services are seasonal only running the Pembroke Express from London Paddington to Pembroke Dock 2 times every saturday during summer months.
- Irish Ferries [website]
Pembroke Dock holds an important Ferry port for continental traffic to the Republic of Ireland, the service from Pembroke to Rosslare is maintained by Irish Ferries, there is also an alternative ferry port in Fishguard (North Pembrokeshire) which runs numerous ferry journeys.
Currently there are 2 crossings a day, however this is dependant on the weather, more information as to the crossings can be found on the Irish Ferries [website].
"The isle of Inishmore Berthed in Pembroke Dock Ferry Port © Pembroke Town Online