Parking problems cause bus services to be axed

Published date: 27 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A BUS firm is scrapping a service because of problems with parked cars on a housing estate.

The number 97 bus from Wrexham to Llangollen Market Street and Pengwern Housing Estate will longer operate after April 26.

Bryn Melyn Ltd, which runs the service, says parked cars on the estate mean the bus driver cannot manoeuvre safely.

And it says collisions with vehicles have cost the firm more money in repairs to vehicles than it receives in fares.

A Denbighshire 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 announced other changes to its services due to Wrexham Council withdrawing funding.

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

Stuart Davies, who represents Llangollen on Denbighshire Council, 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 outside of Llangollen town centre – Sainsbury’s and a health centre – were approved amid reports that 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 mothers 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 hopes to meet with Denbighshire County Council officers, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Sainsbury’s to discuss the possibility of a jointly-run dedicated bus service from the town centre.

Cllr Rhys Hughes, who also represents Llangollen on the county council, 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 around it.”

Nobody from Bryn Melyn Ltd was available for comment.

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  1. Posted by: Anonymous1234 at 17:49 on 27 March 2014 Report

    Maybe if the council insisted people with work vans and Camper vans were told to move them the situation might improve. People are sick and tired of camper vans in particular blocking the road! Maybe other residents feel the need to retaliate. Maybe someone should go and park a huge motor home outside one of their houses to see how they like it!

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