Arriva Buses Wales are due to implement a series of planned changes to a number of services throughout the County Borough, which are due to come into effect at the end of March.
The impacts of these changes will be felt by a number of communities throughout the County Borough, with planned changes to the routing and frequency of services.
In a few cases, services are to be completely withdrawn.
Those services affected include:
- Service 4: Wrexham – Rhos – Pen-y-Cae
- Service 4A: Wrexham – Johnstown – Afoneitha
- Service 4B: Wrexham – Rhos – Afoneitha
- Service 12: Wrexham – Brymbo
- Service 26/27: Wrexham – Mold
- Service 33: Wrexham – Llay
- Service 42: Wrexham – Hightown (Service Withdrawn)
- Service 44: Wrexham – Barkers Lane (Service Withdrawn)
“Many people could be completely cut off”
Cllr David A. Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, has written to Arriva Buses asking them to reconsider their decision with regards these services.
Cllr Bithell said: “I would urge Arriva Buses to reconsider their plans for these services.
“I have consulted on these changes with elected members and many residents have raised have voiced their concerns as to how these changes could leave their communities disconnected.
“Many of the changes proposed would leave residential estates currently served by buses cut off, meaning elderly, vulnerable or mobility-impaired individuals would have much further to travel before they reached a serviced bus stop.
“For many people, that would be the equivalent of completely cutting them off from bus travel, meaning they could no longer rely on the transport links they need in order to maintain their independence and day-to-day lives.”
Cllr Bithell added “While I understand these are commercial decisions of Arriva they also have to consider the impact that these planned changes will have on many of our communities.
“Even if the reductions resulted in a skeleton or reduced service this would still provide links for those people who rely on them.”
He added: “The Welsh Government is currently consulting on plans to improve public transport in Wales.
“Whilst I am fully supportive of the White Paper, it is my view that it does not go far enough and will not deliver the necessary improvements required to reverse the worrying decline in the Local Bus industry across Wales.”
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