Buses will no longer stop at a huge shopping outlet in St Asaph after the 20mph speed limit introduction.
From January 14, Arriva Cymru will no longer serve the Tweedmill centre or the village of Llandegla via its Services 51 and x51, Rhyl to Wrexham. Service 51 will no longer call into Tweedmill Shopping Outlet and on service x51, Llandegla will no longer be served and the service will remain on A525 to maintain strict timetables.
Responding to Arriva Wales no longer serving the village of Llandegla after reviewing its timetable and service provision in North Wales due to the blanket 20mph speed limit, Natasha Asghar MS, Shadow Transport Minister, said, “Labour’s blanket 20mph will negatively impact the people of Wales and already we can see the damage being done.
“With Labour continuing to cut bus services up and down the country and now services axed as a direct result of the madcap blanket 20mph policy, I fear this will be the first of many occurrences across Wales.”
She added, “Other parts of the UK are benefitting from support from the UK Conservative Government with the £2 fare cap.
“Labour should drop their anti-worker, anti-growth and anti-driver policies punishing people just trying to get from A to B.”
Also commenting, Darren Millar MS, Shadow North Wales Minister, added, “Bus services are a lifeline for those who use them so axing stops and cutting the frequency of services is a disaster for those affected, many of whom can no longer get to medical appointments, the shops, or their place of work or learning.
“The Welsh Labour Government must act now to address the adverse impact of its 20mph policy on bus operators to prevent passengers from being stranded and unable to access the transport they rely on. I urge Ministers to engage with Arriva to address their concerns and enable these vital services to be maintained.”
Commenting following his exchange with Mark Drakeford at First Minister’s Questions, Andrew RT Davies MS, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives said, “The First Minister seems genuinely confused by his blanket 20mph speed limit policy.
“Mark Drakeford’s messages about enforcement, prosecution and even who’s lives could be wrecked by this policy disaster are as clear as mud. We don’t need a review, the horse has already bolted, the Welsh Conservatives would scrap blanket 20mph and let common sense prevail.”