Friday, 12 August 2016

Welsh Rural Transport . Welsh Government needs to get its Skates on"


"Anyone seen on a bus after age thirty has been a failure in life. ...

That was the view of a former Socialite Duchess Loelia 

A view alas that may still exit today.

As a comment on a previous blog in which Wales was described as a "Hellhole" points out

The grim picture the dutch visitor describes is not of course the result of failures by the welsh themselves - its the result of decades of exploitation and neglect by the British state. 

The only thing we might be culpable for in "ales is our third world public transport - the Senedd has the powers to re regulate buses in Wales but has chosen to do f*** all about it (presumably this is because Senedd members drive and have no experience of what it's like to need buses to get around).

Leigh Richards

Itis  a thinking among Health planners for instance who believe everyone has access  to a car and therefore you can move maternity  services without the public experiencing any major difficulties.


It has not be helped by thew news that  Rural bus services are being wiped out in many areas of England and Wales due to cuts in subsidies, research indicates.


The cuts are on a par with the controversial Beeching plans of the 60s to scale down the rail network, says a study by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT).
Councils are reducing expenditure on buses by more than £27m over the coming years as a result of government funding being slashed by £78m since 2010, according to the report.

GHA Coaches bus sits idle with 'Not in service' sign showing

The latest bad news us  Lewis Coaches is the third bus company in Wales to collapse in the past two months, with 300 jobs lost when Wrexham-based GHA Coaches went into administration in July and Pembrokeshire firm Silcox Coaches, ceasing trading after 134 years in June.

We must ask the question whether  our councils can afford to subsidise  Transport to  the  level Ken Skates Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure and  Lesley Griffiths  Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs should get  together ASAP and respond to what is becoming a crises

We also need to take this further to a UK level and look to allowing Bus companies to reclaim fuel duty on Rural Routes.

It would of course be labelled a "Postcode Lottery" but it might help to save some of the vital Public  transport we need,




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