CALLS have been made to improve bus services to and from Flint.
The issues about services, particularly between Flint and Chester, as well as the infrequency of the Sunday service passing through the town, were all discussed during Monday night’s town council meeting.
Cllr Ian Roberts, who raised the matter, believes the issue needs to be resolved with Arriva. He said residents have contacted him on a “regular basis” with complaints about the services.
“Buses from Flint don’t go to Cheshire Oaks, buses from neighbouring towns do,” said Cllr Roberts.
“Buses from Flint terminate at Chester bus station rather than going down Foregate Street, but buses from neighbouring towns do.
“This needs to be resolved with the commercial bus service.”
Cllr Roberts also said he would like to see an express service between Holywell and Chester, helping to reduce journey times.
Arriva Buses said it will continue to monitor all of its services.
A spokesman previously said: “We would encourage our customers to contact us with any comments or suggestions, as we will always listen to feedback and make improvements where we can.
“Increasing frequency on a route substantially increases running costs and the number of customers using the service would also have to increase to match this rise in costs.
“If the demand from customers is there, we would certainly look at the feasibility of increasing the frequency.
“Chester Bus Station provides comfort facilities for our drivers but unfortunately these facilities are not available on Foregate Street.“
Representatives from Flintshire Council also attended the meeting to discuss bus services across Flintshire.
Kate Wilby, the authority’s transportation manager, said: “Any improvements or requests have to be put to Arriva.
“The council has no control over commercial bus services.
“I think Flint is well served with public transport.”
Flintshire Council is currently running a consultation on subsidised bus services across the county.
The cuts signify an overall year on year reduction of £224,000 for its subsidised bus services.
She added:: “It is not going to be an easy process to go through but we have to take a more scientific approach to justify the services we do keep.”