People in Merthyr Tydfil have used a new survey to express their unhappiness at the current state of local bus services in the area. People are also worried about further changes to the bus timetable due to start at the end of this month.
In a report released today (23.05.22) by the local Member of the Senedd Dawn Bowden over 70% of respondents to a special survey said they were either Dissatisfied or Extremely Dissatisfied with the availability of bus services.
Dawn Bowden MS said “I thank the many constituents who took the time to respond to my recent survey. I know that local bus routes are a vital service in communities like Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney. People use them for work, for medical appointments, for education and for shopping”.
“We can see that the Welsh Government has invested millions of pounds in new facilities – like the new Merthyr bus station – but we do not have the local bus services to match this ambition”.
Dawn added “A recent survey of my constituents has shown a high level of concern about the reliability and punctuality of services. People also lack information at their local bus stop and cannot get reliable information about changes to services”.
“My constituents use these services to move around between Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney and to reach vital local services. They deserve better and I will champion their cause”.
Following the survey Dawn Bowden MS is looking to meet local bus companies, the trade unions and local authorities to seek their solutions to the current problems. The survey and report will also be reported to Welsh Government.
Dawn concluded “We know that the Welsh Government has plans for new laws that will help to improve the situation. However I am looking for solutions in the short to medium term that can improve the current situation for my constituents”.
Copies of the full survey report titled “Report on Bus Services in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney” are available below: