Cuts stall coastal shuttles

First published in News

Cutbacks to Pembrokeshire’s popular coastal bus services are scheduled for this year.

Funding cuts – which have already seen the county council axe selected evening and Sunday services – are the reason for the reductions.

Public opinion is now being sought on options for the Poppit Rocket, Strumble Shuttle, Puffin Shuttle, Coastal Cruiser and Celtic Coaster.

These include streamlining of summer services from seven days a week to six and shaving a day off winter services.

The coastal bus routes, introduced in 2000 with the aim of reducing car usage and improving accessibility to the coast, carry more than 83,000 passengers a year.

In 2009, the services were enhanced with the arrival of six new low-floor buses.

Council spokesman Len Mullins said: “Due to a cut in its funding from the UK Government, the Welsh Government has reduced the amount of local transport service grant funding that it provides to each local authority by 27% for the next financial year.

“As a result, Pembrokeshire County Council has had to consider changes to some bus services, including the coastal bus services.

“We would now like to review the impact of these changes on coastal buses and to hear the public’s views about options to address cuts.

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