Posted: Mon 21st Nov 2022

Temporary shuttle bus introduced to support commuters on Anglesey following bridge closure

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Monday, Nov 21st, 2022

A new shuttle bus service will be launched today (Monday, 21 November) to help commuters in the south of Anglesey. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The bus service to and from Penmon, Caim, Glanrafon was halted earlier this year after weight restrictions were introduced on the Menai Suspension Bridge. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The county council has now managed to secure funding from Welsh Government to provide a new shuttle bus that will service residents in these areas. The devolved government has initially agreed to fund this service until Christmas. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Welcoming the news, local Seiriol ward members Councillor Carwyn Jones, Councillor Alun Roberts and Councillor Gary Pritchard said: “We have been liaising with community members affected and have been pressing for a solution. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“We welcome this funding by the Welsh Government to provide the shuttle connection service.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Highways, waste and property portfolio holder, Councillor Dafydd Rhys Thomas said: “I would like to thank Welsh Government, our highways officers at Anglesey Council, and Gwynfor Coaches for their support and work to help facilitate this new arrangement and service.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“This will undoubtedly help the local community and commuters to access key bus services and commute for the coming few weeks.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

On 21 October, the A5 Menai Suspension Bridge was closed to all traffic with immediate effect. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The decision was taken by the Welsh Government, in the interest of public safety, after serious risks were identified and structural engineers recommended closing the bridge. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Residents and commuters travelling over the Britannia Bridge are also being encouraged to consider car sharing and to utilise the park and share/ride facilities at Gaerwen (LL60 6AR) and Llanfairpwll (LL61 5YR). ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Head of service for highways, waste and property, Huw Percy said: “We understand motorists’ frustration given the current situation with the Menai Suspension Bridge. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“However, we are working hard and closely with Welsh Government to mitigate the effect this has on our residents, visitors and the local road network.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The council is also measuring the impact the closure of the Menai Suspension Bridge has had on businesses in the town through an online survey. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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