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Petition launched in bid to save bus services

Published date: 11 December 2013 |
Published by: Charlie Croasdale
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A PETITIONS is to be submitted today against proposals to cut bus services across the county.

On Monday, the Leader reported how 36 early morning, evening and Sunday services are under threat as Wrexham Council looks to make £495,000 worth of savings in 2014-15.

The public consultation period, for Wrexham residents’ to make representation to the council regarding the cuts proposed by the local authorities 2014-15 Revenue Budget, comes to a close today, and Brymbo councillor Paul Rogers, who on Monday described the region’s ‘anger and concern’ over the proposals, will submit a petition against the cuts to the bus services to council leader Neil Rogers.

The petition has been signed by more than 300 residents in Brymbo, New Broughton, Pentre Broughton and Brynteg over the past week and Cllr Rogers said it reflected the feelings of ‘resentment’ from the people of his ward as the cuts would leave the villages ‘isolated’.

Pant councillor Mark Owens said the proposals, especially cuts to early mornings services, appeared to be “very harsh” on the community of Rhos.

“People are being asked to find a way to get to work in the early mornings with no public transport available,” he said.

“These plans would also leave the villages totally isolated on Sundays and it seems to be very harsh as we have a lot of pensioners visiting friends and relatives in hospital.”

Cllr John Phillips, who represents Penycae ward, said the proposals were causing his constituents “great anxiety”.

“The possibility of losing the subsidised services are causing great anxiety for everyone concerned, it would be an absolute travesty if these routes were lost”, he said.

“Tremendous hardship would be caused for people going to their place of work, the hospital, socialising and not being able to get home, the list goes on.”

A further online petition, entitled ‘Save Wrexham’s bus services’ has attracted 280 signatures, including Lyndsay Nicholson, of Glyn Ceiriog, who said:
“Many rural locations depend on their bus service for people to get to work, go shopping and get to school.

“Bus services through Glyn Ceiriog are currently limited but essential to many Ceiriog Valley residents.”

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