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Bus service cuts make journeys to hospitals even more difficult.

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When the consultation took place on the South wales Programme hospital reorganisation one of the main arguments people put forward in favour of retaining services at the Royal Glamorgan was the lack of adequate public transport.
Yet this week Stagecoach have confirmed that they will be closing one of their depots and cutting back services. Amongst them will services between Pontypridd and Bridgend and Pontypridd and Merthyr.
RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager Karen Roberts says the lack of joined up thinking is unbelievable.
"During the numerous public meetings residents were assured that the whole picture would be looked at and that there would be a joined up approach to services. It seems that this is far from being the case.
"People are still very angry that critical care services are being removed from the Royal Glamorgan and instead placed at the Princess of Wales in Bridgend and Prince Charles in Merthyr. To now find out that travel for anyone without a car is going to be made even more difficult is only rubbing salt into the wound.
"Stagecoach have blamed the changes on cutbacks in the transport grant from the Welsh Labour Government - the very same people who are ultimately responsible for the hospital reorganisation.
"There is absolutely no evidence of any joined up thinking here at all."
Services to be axed in RCT are:
X32 Maerdy to Cardiff
X78 Merthyr to Pontypridd
244 Pontypridd to Bridgend
411 Tynewydd to St John's High
7 Blackwood - Ystrad Mynach - Pontypridd

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