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Rural Wrexham bus route saved from axe

Published date: 02 April 2014 |
Published by: Charlie Croasdale
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A VITAL bus route serving a village community has been saved.

Arriva’s number 14 service connects Wrexham with Brymbo via rural villages Lodge and Tanyfron.

Brymbo councillor Paul Rogers said Arriva has found the funding needed to keep the service going after discussions.

Cllr Rogers has been leading a community campaign to save bus services in his area after funding cuts were announced.

The council announced it planned to make almost £500,000 of savings by reducing subsidies to bus services as part of its 2014-15 budget.

A petition with hundreds of signatures from the area against the proposed cuts was presented to Wrexham Council as part of the budget consultation.

Since the decision to ratify the council’s budget, Cllr Rogers has held a meeting with bus operator Arriva following concerns raised by many residents who said they would be greatly affected if bus services were to be withdrawn.

Following the meeting it has now been confirmed by Arriva the service will continue without subsidy.

Cllr Rogers said: “The decision by Arriva to continue serving Tanyfron is very much welcome and I am sure it will be appreciated by residents who use the service.

“I am pleased that in recent years we have more than doubled bus services to Tanyfron and I will do all I can to retain these services in these difficult times.

“I would like to thank Arriva Buses Wales for discussing the situation and their commitment to maintaining this route.”

An Arriva Buses Wales spokesman said it will continue with the service on a commercial basis at five buses an hour.

He added the firm is doing a similar thing on route 10, which serves Minera, which it will continue to run commercially without support with no change to timetable or route.

The spokesman said: “Where possible, we are working hard to maintain bus routes which were previously supported by Wrexham County Borough Council. Its great news for customers in the area that we are able to continue to run the 14 and 10 service without any changes to route or timetable.”

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