A BUS service is being axed as it’s cheaper for the council to subsidise taxi fares for rural villages.
Denbighshire County Council are scrapping the bus service in Nantglyn, Prion and Saron but passengers can call for a taxi instead.
The taxi available on Mondays to Fridays will be the same price of a bus fare as the council will subsidise the additional cost.
GHA buses which run the service said usually only one person uses this service or occasionally two to three.
Charlie Williams, GHA buses operation manager, said: “The service has been on and off for 12 months because of dwindling number of passengers.
“Only one person has really been using the service for a number of years, so it’s been on a knife edge for a while with budget reductions within local authorities.
“The service was supposed to finish last September but it was given an extension until April of this year but it was given a temporary extension again.
“To be fair to the council the cost for one passenger in a taxi is a cheaper option and they will run at the same times as the bus.”
These changes came into force on Monday, September 2.
A Denbighshire County Council spokeswoman said: “The service, supported financially by the county council, will depart Nantglyn, Saron, Prion and now Peniel at 9.15am and return from Denbigh at 12.30pm.
“Passenger numbers on the bus service have fallen significantly and a taxi option is now cheaper and more flexible. Bus journeys at school times, however, are not affected and passengers may continue to board these journeys as usual.”
All intending passengers have to do is phone the taxi operator, Vale Taxis, on 01824 790485, by 5pm the day before travel.
Free Press reporter Kirstie Dolphin booked a seat with Vale Taxis and was successfully picked up in Nantglyn and taken to Denbigh but was the only passenger on the schemes first day.
David Owens, manager of Vale Taxis, who drove the eight seater taxi on Monday, said: “We’ve had a few enquiries about the service, but we need more people to know about it.
“I really want it to work out, it’s not expensive it’s just like a small bus.
“It’s the taxpayers money being saved and it’s better for the community.
“We run a similar service in the estates in Denbigh where the bus can not go and we’ve done this for over two years and that works really well.”