Anger at bus service proposals
12:21pm Wednesday 5th September 2012 in Letters
I AM dismayed to see that Pembrokeshire County Council is cutting Sunday bus services.
It is absolutely huge to cut a lifeline for non-car users to be able to go anywhere on a Sunday. This had already happened from both Cardigan to Carmarthen and Cardigan to Aberystwyth. If you look at a rail map of Wales you see a massive space between Aberystwyth and Fishguard which was served by buses and now will be completely inaccessible in and out on a Sunday.
It’s not problem if you have a car, you can cover these distances, but what about people who have no cars?
What about people who cannot afford cars? What about making the area sustainable transport-wise?
I found the Sunday service on the Poppit Rocket a wonderful innovation in the area, though only in the summer.
I must commend the new Richards Bros bus timetable from June 6th which now links the buses to the trains at the new Fishguard and Goodwick Station. And let me praise again the wonderful wi-fi facility on the 412 bus (Cardigan to Haverfordwest).
However, I am sad that the 10pm bus back from Fishguard to Newport was cut. When the 8.30pm train is delayed, what do you do? The last bus is now at 8.33pm.
There is an issue about the cost of bus fares still being greater for short distances than petrol or diesel and even more so for more than one person travelling together – like a family.
Between Newport and Cardigan it’s £9 return for one adult and a child. The bus is cheaper for long journeys when you can buy an Explorer or Rover ticket. But most regular bus use is needed for the shorter journeys which will keep the buses going.
Buses are a wonderful way to travel, you have no responsibility, you meet friends, they are physically accessible, spacious and comfortable.
Most important of all they are the healthier option as it involves walking to a bus – and you will be saving the planet at the same time!
Cutting Sunday buses will just drive more people back to or make them keep using their cars. Get out, go by bus, meet people. It’s all possible.
PENNY JONES Newport