Family firm set to run Brynmawr to Cwmbran bus route

SMART SERVICE: Kevin Anslow, left, and operations manager Terry Wyburn at the bus depot in the Varteg. The Anslow bus service has taken over a route from Stagecoach, much to the relief of the residents

SMART SERVICE: Kevin Anslow, left, and operations manager Terry Wyburn at the bus depot in the Varteg. The Anslow bus service has taken over a route from Stagecoach, much to the relief of the residents

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VARTEG coach company Phil Anslow and Sons has saved the route 30 bus service which was due to be axed later this month.

The family-run company is taking over the route, which was due to be slashed by Stagecoach, following 10 per cent cuts in Wales.

Stagecoach also said it was discontinuing or reducing the frequency of a number of services, due to ‘drastic’ cuts in investment by the Welsh Government.

Route 30 Brynmawr to Cwmbran was one of those which would be withdrawn, it was said

But now, Phil Anslow and Sons, which has been operating for 35 years, will take over the route from July 21.

Company owner, Phil Anslow, said they had actually operated the contract before Stagecoach took it over.

He said: “As we are locally based we operate a lot of local services and after we saw the media coverage about the cuts, we saw it as an opportunity to expand our current services and help the people that would be affected.”

The bus route has been split into two, with service 30, running between Blaenavon, Pontypool and Cwmbran and service 31, running between Forgeside, Blaenavon and Brynmawr.

The company have taken on three new drivers so that they can deliver the service.

Mr Anslow said: “Splitting the service will make it more reliable for people, as a shorter distance means there is less chance of disruption from traffic that impacts on the running of the service.”

Mr Anslow, whose sonsChris and Kevin Anslow are both drivers at the company, and traffic manager, Terry Wyburn, consulted with Torfaen council to take over the route. The council also agreed to part subsidise the service.

The executive member for neighbourhoods, cllr John Cunningham, said: “It is fantastic to see a well-established local company step in to take over the operation.”

Route 23 Varteg Hill to Newport was also due to be reduced by Stagecoach but they are currently continuing to run a half-hourly service, albeit which terminates in Cwmbran instead of Newport.

The plans to cut services raised major concern among the community.

Blaenavon resident Christine Lee said she could have cried when she heard the news, calling the service her “lifeline”.

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6:53pm Fri 11 Jul 14

bugsy93 says...

Stagecoach is operating for profit and have no loyalty to our communities.
Phil Anslow is a local valleys man and have more than just profits in mind.
Well done Phil! and let's hope you will get the public support that you deserve.
Stagecoach is operating for profit and have no loyalty to our communities. Phil Anslow is a local valleys man and have more than just profits in mind. Well done Phil! and let's hope you will get the public support that you deserve. bugsy93
  • Score: 7

7:45pm Fri 11 Jul 14

pwharley says...

Anslows do a great job operating the X1 service between Pontypool and Brynmawr.

If they bring the same "personal touch" to the Cwmbran to Brynmawr service 30, they'll do well!
Anslows do a great job operating the X1 service between Pontypool and Brynmawr. If they bring the same "personal touch" to the Cwmbran to Brynmawr service 30, they'll do well! pwharley
  • Score: 3

8:28pm Fri 11 Jul 14

mvaone says...

Bully for them, wonder how long it will last. People should remember they took over the 25 service from stagecoach and soon dropped it along with the Llanyravon and Upper Cwmbran service, as a result the people of Henllys village and Ty Coch now have no service.
Bully for them, wonder how long it will last. People should remember they took over the 25 service from stagecoach and soon dropped it along with the Llanyravon and Upper Cwmbran service, as a result the people of Henllys village and Ty Coch now have no service. mvaone
  • Score: -1

9:35pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Aquarius says...

mvaone wrote:
Bully for them, wonder how long it will last. People should remember they took over the 25 service from stagecoach and soon dropped it along with the Llanyravon and Upper Cwmbran service, as a result the people of Henllys village and Ty Coch now have no service.
I believe that was down to the Council, who subsidised (as far as I recall) a cut-down version of the 25 after Stagecoach withdrew. Services that don't carry enough passengers can't continue really, can they?

"Use it or lose it" is the normal mantra these days......
[quote][p][bold]mvaone[/bold] wrote: Bully for them, wonder how long it will last. People should remember they took over the 25 service from stagecoach and soon dropped it along with the Llanyravon and Upper Cwmbran service, as a result the people of Henllys village and Ty Coch now have no service.[/p][/quote]I believe that was down to the Council, who subsidised (as far as I recall) a cut-down version of the 25 after Stagecoach withdrew. Services that don't carry enough passengers can't continue really, can they? "Use it or lose it" is the normal mantra these days...... Aquarius
  • Score: 6

1:55pm Sat 12 Jul 14

mvaone says...

Aquarius wrote:
mvaone wrote:
Bully for them, wonder how long it will last. People should remember they took over the 25 service from stagecoach and soon dropped it along with the Llanyravon and Upper Cwmbran service, as a result the people of Henllys village and Ty Coch now have no service.
I believe that was down to the Council, who subsidised (as far as I recall) a cut-down version of the 25 after Stagecoach withdrew. Services that don't carry enough passengers can't continue really, can they?

"Use it or lose it" is the normal mantra these days......
Why do you think the 30 service was withdrawn its because of council and welsh government cutbacks it will only be a matter of time as more people turn to cars to get about.
[quote][p][bold]Aquarius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mvaone[/bold] wrote: Bully for them, wonder how long it will last. People should remember they took over the 25 service from stagecoach and soon dropped it along with the Llanyravon and Upper Cwmbran service, as a result the people of Henllys village and Ty Coch now have no service.[/p][/quote]I believe that was down to the Council, who subsidised (as far as I recall) a cut-down version of the 25 after Stagecoach withdrew. Services that don't carry enough passengers can't continue really, can they? "Use it or lose it" is the normal mantra these days......[/p][/quote]Why do you think the 30 service was withdrawn its because of council and welsh government cutbacks it will only be a matter of time as more people turn to cars to get about. mvaone
  • Score: 2

5:54pm Sat 12 Jul 14

displayed says...

Congratulations to Phil Anslow and Sons for making a very difficult decision by taking the bold step of running the 30 route...........
Congratulations to Phil Anslow and Sons for making a very difficult decision by taking the bold step of running the 30 route........... displayed
  • Score: 3

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