Posted: Thu 19th Jan 2023

Petition launched in bid to save bus service between Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog

North Wales news and information

A petition has launched calling for financial support to be made available to save a bus service running between two North Wales communities. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Llew Jones has given notice to terminate the T19 service which they currently operate between Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The operator said a huge reduction in passengers since the Covid-19 pandemic had made the service financially unviable. If no solution is found, the service will stop on 11 February 2023. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The Welsh Government, Conwy County Borough Council, and Gwynedd Council are now being urged to work together to offer a package of financial support to save the service. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

It follows a petition being launched by Aberconwy MS Janet Finch-Saunders. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The Conservative politician said: “To help ascertain the level of public support for the bus service, I have launched a petition on my website, which I encourage as many as possible to sign. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Whilst I will be reaching out to Llew Jones, they have already made clear that the service is simply not commercially viable in its current form. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“If the Welsh Government, Conwy and Gwynedd cabinets are truly committed to supporting rural communities and improving our public transport system I expect them to cooperate so to be able to offer a package of financial support to help Llew Jones. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“No action will have a detrimental impact on the environment, community connectivity, the local economy, and the poorest and most vulnerable in society.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Main image: “File:NSU136.jpg” by Kk70088 is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​



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