Council cash to save Torfaen bus route

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TORFAEN council has stepped in to take up a bus route dropped by Stagecoach after announcing plans to subsidise the service with another bus operator.

In April, Stagecoach said it would have to cut the size of its fleet in Wales by 10 per cent, while discontinuing or reducing the frequency of a number of services, due to ‘drastic’ cuts in investment by the Welsh Government.

It was announced that route 30 Brynmawr to Cwmbran will be withdrawn, while route 23 Newport to Varteg Hill would be reduced to hourly runs, instead of 30 minutes as at present.

A Torfaen spokesman confirmed that they have been in discussions with a local operator in relation to route 30.

He said: “They have now provided us with a timetable for a two-hourly service which they would run along this route on a commercial basis. We are working with them to enhance this service, and plan to subsidise it so that it operates on an hourly basis, meaning there will be no change for passengers.”

Stagecoach has also agreed that route 23, that currently travels between Varteg and Newport, will now remain half-hourly but terminate in Cwmbran instead of Newport. Passengers will be able to board the X24 bus service from Cwmbran to Newport.

The Torfaen spokesman added: “We have been assured that all other changes will only impact positively on Torfaen.”

Torfaen AM, Lynne Neagle, welcomed the news: “The council have been working really hard since Stagecoach’s announcement, so I’m very pleased they’ve found an alternative operator to take over this much valued service.”

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3:49pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Aquarius says...

Let's not forget Lynne Neagle (Labour AM) that the reason Stagecoach and other operators across Wales are cutting services because of big cuts in support for the less profitable services by the Welsh Government.

That's the Labour Welsh Government that insists everyone's free bus pass is safe (coz its a vote winner) while making sneaky cuts which THEY KNOW mean that bus companies and councils have to reduce services overall. So there's less buses for people to use their passes on.

And that's Labour for you. They're all for social inclusion and looking after the less fortunate (at least on paper) and then do the exact opposite. But Lynne Neagle (Labour AM) doesn't mention any of this. Odd that, eh?

Torfaen Council had no choice but to ensure a service continued. There's less and less reason to vote Labour with each passing month for many people - whether it be local councillors or AMs.
Let's not forget Lynne Neagle (Labour AM) that the reason Stagecoach and other operators across Wales are cutting services because of big cuts in support for the less profitable services by the Welsh Government. That's the Labour Welsh Government that insists everyone's free bus pass is safe (coz its a vote winner) while making sneaky cuts which THEY KNOW mean that bus companies and councils have to reduce services overall. So there's less buses for people to use their passes on. And that's Labour for you. They're all for social inclusion and looking after the less fortunate (at least on paper) and then do the exact opposite. But Lynne Neagle (Labour AM) doesn't mention any of this. Odd that, eh? Torfaen Council had no choice but to ensure a service continued. There's less and less reason to vote Labour with each passing month for many people - whether it be local councillors or AMs. Aquarius
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3:57pm Thu 5 Jun 14

ross45 says...

Notice 23 will terminate in Cwmbran and people will access X24 this will not help people living in Old Cwmbran and Oakfield who will now have only the 15 bus. Also what about in the evening the 15 does not run in the evening.
Notice 23 will terminate in Cwmbran and people will access X24 this will not help people living in Old Cwmbran and Oakfield who will now have only the 15 bus. Also what about in the evening the 15 does not run in the evening. ross45
  • Score: 1

7:52pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Borcenio says...

The daytime frequency of the 15 service to Newport will be increased to every 20 minutes and the evening journeys will be operated as service 24, an hourly service between Newport & Cwmbran, with Route X24 in the evening operating hourly from Newport to Blaenavon/Varteg.
The daytime frequency of the 15 service to Newport will be increased to every 20 minutes and the evening journeys will be operated as service 24, an hourly service between Newport & Cwmbran, with Route X24 in the evening operating hourly from Newport to Blaenavon/Varteg. Borcenio
  • Score: 1

8:00pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Sometimes says...

That's Lynne Neagle, (Labour AM), living in Penarth having never lived any where near Torfaen. It would be nice to know how much of our council tax payers money is being put towards this bus service and how many people actually use the route. If the SWA could report this it might actually provide the rest of Torfaen with the amount they are losing.
That's Lynne Neagle, (Labour AM), living in Penarth having never lived any where near Torfaen. It would be nice to know how much of our council tax payers money is being put towards this bus service and how many people actually use the route. If the SWA could report this it might actually provide the rest of Torfaen with the amount they are losing. Sometimes
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8:56am Fri 6 Jun 14

ross45 says...

I would like to ask Borcenio where he got his information as it was not in the article,
I would like to ask Borcenio where he got his information as it was not in the article, ross45
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5:29pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Aquarius says...

Sometimes wrote:
That's Lynne Neagle, (Labour AM), living in Penarth having never lived any where near Torfaen. It would be nice to know how much of our council tax payers money is being put towards this bus service and how many people actually use the route. If the SWA could report this it might actually provide the rest of Torfaen with the amount they are losing.
If you are talking about the 30 route over from Blaenavon to Brynmawr, I would assume that it doesn't carry enough passengers to be a viable commercial route. But it does take a route that passes through various communities that don't have any other public transport.

I have a car. And I suspect that you have too. And/or you live on a bus route that isn't being cut. Sometimes, you have to realise that there are things that you have that some people probably haven't got. And it's right to provide a subsidy to ensure that those people have access to facilities for work and leisure and for social reasons (hospital visits, Doctors appointments etc). Presumably unless it doesn't benefit you directly, you think the council shouldn't be spending the money? What a selfless attitude, I don't think.

My point was that Lynne Neagle belongs to the very party which is actually responsible for these bus services being cut. Yet at every election time, they like to claim that socially necessary services such as these would be at risk if you voted Tory!

Cynical and dishonest politicians. No mater what Party they are. There's a surprise.
[quote][p][bold]Sometimes[/bold] wrote: That's Lynne Neagle, (Labour AM), living in Penarth having never lived any where near Torfaen. It would be nice to know how much of our council tax payers money is being put towards this bus service and how many people actually use the route. If the SWA could report this it might actually provide the rest of Torfaen with the amount they are losing.[/p][/quote]If you are talking about the 30 route over from Blaenavon to Brynmawr, I would assume that it doesn't carry enough passengers to be a viable commercial route. But it does take a route that passes through various communities that don't have any other public transport. I have a car. And I suspect that you have too. And/or you live on a bus route that isn't being cut. Sometimes, you have to realise that there are things that you have that some people probably haven't got. And it's right to provide a subsidy to ensure that those people have access to facilities for work and leisure and for social reasons (hospital visits, Doctors appointments etc). Presumably unless it doesn't benefit you directly, you think the council shouldn't be spending the money? What a selfless attitude, I don't think. My point was that Lynne Neagle belongs to the very party which is actually responsible for these bus services being cut. Yet at every election time, they like to claim that socially necessary services such as these would be at risk if you voted Tory! Cynical and dishonest politicians. No mater what Party they are. There's a surprise. Aquarius
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