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Bus services must be protected

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Welsh Conservatives will today call on the Labour government to ensure stability for the bus industry in Wales – and the passengers that use it.

In a Senedd debate, Assembly Members will also urge ministers to protect bus services and recognise their huge importance to the success of sustainable transport in Wales.

Community services, such as bus routes, have been described by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales as ‘an indispensable lifeline’ for older people.

In all, a reported 100 subsidised bus routes have been scrapped in Wales in the past three years.

Changes in funding structures and Labour’s 11 per cent cut in the budget for concessionary fares have caused significant disruption to the industry and left passengers in limbo.

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Transport, Byron Davies AM, is leading the Senedd debate.

He said:

“Bus services across Wales are stuck in a mire of uncertainty and passengers have been dumped in limbo.

“Carwyn Jones and Welsh Labour’s failure to properly protect services and support those who use buses is a national tragedy.

“A properly functioning bus network is invaluable for many – particularly the elderly – and a critical part of a successful sustainable transport strategy and a flourishing Welsh economy.

“At a time when services have been cut right across the country, Labour ministers have been splashing tens of millions on an airport and office revamps.

“Instead of creating Wales-wide transport poverty, ministers should be protecting services and creating the foundations for an improved bus network.”

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