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Arriva cut village from bus route due to 20-mph speed limit

01 Feb 2024 2 minute read
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Richard Evans Local Democracy Reporter

A bus company has been slammed after cutting a pick-up point from its regular route due to the 20-mph speed limit rule.

Arriva has admitted it will no longer pick up residents in the village of Penrhynside, leaving passengers, many of them elderly, stranded.

A public meeting has now been organised, but Aberconwy MS Janet Finch-Saunders has criticised the bus company.

“Arriva has withdrawn the bus service in Penrhynside, and that’s causing an awful lot of hardship for people,” said Mrs Finch-Saunders.

“People can’t walk down from there to Llandudno. We need a bus replacement. We definitely need a better bus service than what we’ve got. We are all annoyed at Arriva for pulling it without consultation with residents and members (Conwy councillors).

“This is a company that operates locally. They’ve got a lot of skin in the game when it comes to providing the bus services here. To just withdraw this service and expect the elderly to walk to town is disgraceful.”

She added: “It’s a hilly area, a village. It should be on the main bus route. There are lots of people up there that don’t have cars. It is a ‘no-no’ to take this bus away. I’m disappointed in them.

“I’ve written to Arriva. I’m calling on Arriva to put the bus back until they’ve made further provision. I want to see the bus reinstated.”

“Forced”

The cancelled Penrynside stop means the nearest bus stop is now listed on the Arriva site as in Craigside and Craig y Don.

A spokeswoman for Arriva Wales blamed the new 20-mph speed limit introduced in September.

“Due to the 20mph restrictions that were put in place, we were forced to review all our services in order to keep them as punctual as possible,” she said.

“In the case of services 14 and 15, we had to make the decision to give the route more time and change the route to quicker roads in order to maintain overall punctuality.

“Since these changes were implemented, punctuality has increased significantly; however, we take all passenger comments onboard and will review these services regularly.”

A public meeting takes place at the Penrhynside Village Hall, on Pendre Road, at 5.30-7pm on Friday 2 February.


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Jeff
Jeff
22 days ago

Chinny reckon?
Yeah, need cut backs, ohhhh, 20mph, lets blame it on that.
Public transport needs to be in public hands not for profit.

Flo Fflach
Flo Fflach
22 days ago

“Due to the 20mph restrictions that were put in place, we were forced to review all our services in order to keep them as punctual as possible”

They had a long time to prepare new time tables that could have gone in place at the same time as the 20mph change happened

Jon_S
Jon_S
22 days ago

This 20mph limit is a handy excuse for all kinds of cutbacks, isn’t it? Very poor.

Mick
Mick
22 days ago
Reply to  Jon_S

Let’s get real the one to blame me is wonderful Welsh government who brought in the rules no one else they wast money all the time it about time people did something about it 😞😞

Karl
Karl
22 days ago

I bet they never did 30mph when it was that. Buses are the worst for speeding in low speed areas. It’s pressures they are putting on their staff and bad timetables.

lufcwls
lufcwls
22 days ago

This is absolute rubbish. Every Aviva bus I’ve seen around here is disobeying the 20mph limit anyway!

Why vote
Why vote
22 days ago

Are the busses exempt from 20 wasn’t that the last noise from cardiff about busses they could do 30 or has no decision been made yet. Slow aren’t they.

Richard Davies
Richard Davies
21 days ago
Reply to  Why vote

Buses themselves are not exempt from the default 20mph. The exemption is to apply to bus lanes to enable buses to go faster. If there is no bus lane then they have to travel at the same speed as applicable to other traffic. It isn’t hard to understand this simple concept.

Nigel bradshaw
Nigel bradshaw
22 days ago

Blame Welsh labour’s ridiculous policies not the bus company

Ap Kenneth
20 days ago

Arriva defending the profits it sends back to Germany as dividends.

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