BUS users in Denbighshire and Gwynedd could be left without a vital transport lifeline as Arriva Bus Wales announced the closure of a number of depots.
The decision threatens a number of services across Mid and North Wales and threatens to end an important link to other parts of Wales.
The move would leave people wishing to travel between Denbighshire, Gwynedd and Ceredigion having to get a train to Shrewsbury.
This will bring an end to the X94 service between Wrexham and Barmouth, which serves Llangollen, Corwen, Bala and the villages on this route.
The closure will take effect on December 21, leaving many communities without public transport.
A number of jobs have been put at risk by the decision.
Arriva described continuing operations in the area as unsustainable due to a combination of rising fuel costs and the uncertainty around the concessionary fares scheme.
Politicians and commuters condemned the decision particularly the short notice that was given.
Alaw Gwyn a student from near Llansannan, in her last year of an education and drama degree at Aberystwth, said: “It is a big worry for me as I use the service regulary to come home and see my family. During the holidays I use it to socialise and go shopping in Corwen and Bala.
“This change will more than double my travelling time from about two and half hours to almost six hours if I have to get the train through Shrewsbury.
“I am in the last year of my degree and I want to do my teacher training in Aberystwth but this will effect where I can study.”
North Wales AM Llyr Huws Gruffydd said: “The company has given no opportunity for a seamless transition to other operators and for the local authority and Welsh Government to plan that appropriately. The company has given the minimum amount of warning.
“We now need to see the local authority and Welsh Government re-tender these services as quickly as possible so that more local operators can maintain the services. “The bus drivers and the people who use these services need to have certainty soon that these services will continue to be available.”
Plaid Cymru councillor for Llandderfel near Bala, Elwyn Edwards said: “Now is the time for the Welsh Government to step in before any proposals turn to reality and the service ceases operations at the end of the year.
“The economic and practical impact will be felt in these small rural communities, and the additional loss of Arriva jobs for people already facing hardship will need to be addressed.”
An Arriva spokesman said: “A recent network review has led us to believe that current services in this area cannot, despite our best efforts, continue.”