‘Inconsiderate motorists’ cause bus service loss


Kirstie Dolphin

A LLANGOLLEN bus service will be axed due to “inconsiderate” parking costing more in repairs than the service’s income.

The number 97 bus which travels from Wrexham to Llangollen Market Street and Pengwern Housing Estate will no longer be running after April 26.

Bryn Melyn Ltd, the bus company which runs the service, has had issues on the housing estate with cars parked on the road.

The cars on the estate are said to be stopping the bus driver from driving in the area safely and it has collided with vehicles on the estate costing the company more in repairs, for their vehicles and the residents, than they receive in that services revenue.

A Denbighshire County Council spokesman said: "We are aware that Bryn Melyn wishes to withdraw its service between Llangollen and Pengwern Estate. The council is currently assessing what alternatives might be available to try to replace the service.

"We are also aware that the operator feels unable to carry on the service owing to the extent of car parking on the estate.

“This has caused difficulty for bus drivers in completing their journeys and so we are considering what might be done to alleviate this problem."

Bryn Melyn Ltd also has other changes to their services due to Wrexham Council withdrawing funding for subsidised bus services.

From May the 5A Wrexham-Llangollen-Chirk service will no longer operate on the Llangollen to Chirk section of route and all 5A Sunday evening journeys will no longer operate.

Stuart Davies, Llangollen county councillor, said: “The residents have been parking inconsiderately and the bus had difficulty getting through especially the bigger ones for disability users.

“The bus service has now said it is costing too much in damages and insurance. But looking ahead, the health centre is coming and the people have been told a bus service will be available.

“If the bus service does stop, people may start panicking.”

Two new developments - Sainsbury’s and a health centre - have been given permission to build outside of Llangollen’s town centre with reports claiming bus services were available.

Cllr Davies added: “The traffic officers have said they can put double yellow lines, but people will want to park outside their houses or can put in bollards but then mother’s with prams find it difficult to get around them.

“It’s been mentioned the council can pay for a dedicated bus, but that can be up to £30,000 to £60,000 a year and the council cannot afford that.”

Cllr Davies is hoping to meet with Denbighshire County Council officers, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Sainsbury’s to discuss the possibility of a dedicated bus between them for people from the town centre.

Llangollen county councillor Rhys Hughes said: “The council is looking for an alternative, maybe redirect a bus to do the loop.

“We don’t want to leave the people there stranded.

“So we’re trying to work round it.”

There was no one available from Bryn Melyn Ltd to comment.

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