Thursday, 8 May 2014
Warrington shake up / Bristol defence / Brynmawr bickering
Big changes are on the way in Warrington. The Warrington Guardian tells how municipal Network Warrington is having having its biggest network shake-up for years. The changes take effect from 2nd June.
It's good to see First standing up for themselves and the bus industry in a positive way with a letter to the Bristol Post, challenging the mis-perceptions of a Yate pensioner who had previously written to the same paper. A lot of criticism of the bus industry is justified, but some of it is not, so it's great to see some of the myths being constructively busted. First haven't always had the best reputation in that part of the world, but several initiatives over the last couple of years, such as the Bristol fares review, have shown that they are serious about providing a better service.
Councils and politicians in South Wales are picking up the pieces after Stagecoach's decision to close their Brynmawr depot and axe several routes. The South Wales Argus quotes Assembly Member Alun Davies as saying that he doesn't believe the reasons given by Stagecoach for the closures. The reason Stagecoach gave was that cuts by the Welsh Assembly Government to financial support for the country's bus services in general have made the company's Brynmawr operation unviable. Davies claims that his request to see financial figures to back up Stagecoach's decision to close Brynmawr has been refused by the company.