PENSIONERS ‘LEFT ISOLATED’ BY AXING OF BUS SERVICES

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Cambrian News photographer - Cllr Lloyd Edwards, Mike Goodson, Cllr Steve Davies, Linda Hughes, Ann Penny and Chrisley Lewis at a bus stop in Heol Tynyfron, Penparcau

PENSIONERS will struggle to cope with the loss of bus services between Penparcau housing estates and Aberystwyth town centre, it has been claimed.

Cambrian News reported “But the bus company insists that, while it doesn’t want to end any service, the 301 route is not financially viable based on passenger numbers alone.

A petition has been launched calling on Mid Wales Travel to continue running the 301 service between Heol Tynyfron, Heol Bryn, Heol y Bont and First Avenue into the town centre throughout the day, with concerns that elderly people will be left isolated if the bus only runs at 8.20am and 3.30pm.

Glenys Patient said she is concerned at the impact the loss of the service would have on elderly and vulnerable residents in Penparcau. She said: “This will come as a great loss to many elderly residents from Heol Tynyfron and the road Heol Bryn, alongside the four flats buildings, who use the service and are not able to walk up to the bus stop at the entrance to Llwyn yr Eos School, especially in winter. There is the 301 bus travelling this route twice a day at 8.20am – which is too early for people shopping in town – and at 3.30pm, which again is far too late for older residents.”

But Mel Evans, of Mid Wales Travel, said the company had been forced to cut the services as passenger numbers meant the service was not affordable, and subsidies are not available” here.

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