The Plaid Cymru annual conference in Aberystwyth passed a resolution condemning the withdrawal of Arriva from bus routes in west Wales. The motion condemned Arriva and called on the Welsh Government to work with local authorities to ensure a replacement service, as well as reaffirming Plaid Cymru’s policy to fully devolve and re-regulate bus services.
The company announced last week that it was withdrawing its services between Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, New Quay, Lampeter, Carmarthen and Cardiff, as well as its Wrexham to Barmouth route.
Mike Parker, Plaid’s Westminster candidate for Ceredigion, said in the debate,
“Arriva’s decision to withdraw most of its bus services in Ceredigion by the 21st of December was a cruel Christmas present. Up to 46 people will lose their jobs. Communities have been left in a state of great uncertainty.
“This is what happens when public services are deregulated and left to market forces by the Westminster Government. Large, foreign-owned companies care little for Ceredigion. We’ve seen this process with so many services that we rely on; telecoms companies have failed to deliver us good mobile reception and fast broadband, we’re still waiting for private rail franchises to deliver an hourly train service to Aberystwyth, and now Arriva have shown all too clearly how much they care about Ceredigion.
“We need a locally-owned bus network. I’m pleased to see the Welsh Government working with local authorities to ensure that local companies can step in immediately when the services are withdrawn in December.”