FLINTSHIRE residents are set to benefit from a new bus service.

Flintshire Council has said from May 20, a new bus service called “the No 9”, will start operating between Connah’s Quay Shopping Centre and Broughton Retail Park.

This service will be run by local bus operator, P&O Lloyd, and will replace, in part, the No 12 Arriva Service which was withdrawn in April.

The route will serve the communities of Connah’s Quay, Shotton, Aston, Mancot, Sandycroft, Manor Lane and Broughton while providing access to Deeside Community Hospital. The timetable of the service is available on the Flintshire County Council website or via Traveline Cymru

Councillor Carolyn Thomas, deputy leader of the council, said: “Following the withdrawal of the No 12 Arriva service, many concerns were raised by Flintshire residents who feared they would be left isolated without a regular bus service.

"The news that P&O Lloyd are to start the No 9 service is very welcome and I encourage people to support this service to ensure its future sustainability.”