Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport
On 1 October Arriva Buses Wales announced that it had begun to consult staff on its proposals to close its Aberystwyth depot and its associated withdrawal from providing certain bus services in north and west Wales. This decision would affect the following services:
- Services 20, 40 and 40C - that operate between Aberystwyth and Cardiff via Carmarthen, Swansea and Bridgend.
- Service 50 – that operates between Aberystwyth and Synod Inn via Aberaeron and New Quay.
- Service 585 – that operates between Aberystwyth and Lampeter.
- Service X94 – that operates as a commercial part of the TrawsCymru network of longer-distance services between Wrexham and Barmouth.
Whilst this is a commercial matter for the company, we are disappointed that Arriva Buses Wales has taken this decision. I have today spoken to the three local authorities concerned and will be convening an officials group to report back to me by the end of next week with options for maintaining services. I will make a further statement in due course.