Alun Cairns MP organises bus company meeting
1:21pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
VALE MP Alun Cairns is holding a meeting for local residents to question bus operators following changes and cuts to routes across Barry and the rural Vale.
The meeting will take place at 10am on Friday (September 13) at the Church Hall, New Jerusalem Church, Tynewydd Road, Barry and anyone interested in attending should contact Mr Cairns.
Mr Cairns said that he has organised the meeting after receiving scores of complaints from local residents. Last week, he met the Vale Older Peoples Forum to consider the changes.
Alun said: "I am deeply concerned that since earlier this year I have been inundated by complaints from constituents concerned by the widespread cuts to bus services across the Vale, from Barry to Peterston Super Ely and Llantwit Major.
"There are many examples of the disruption this has caused elderly residents unable to get to hospital appointments; others have reported that they are unable to get to work and have to consider leaving work as it is not financial viable for them to pay taxis or buy a car (if they drive) and children not able to attend their chosen school. I had met earlier in the year with local bus contracts and at that time I called on the local authority to prioritise their budgets to help support the local bus services following the cut to the Bus Operating Grant (BUSOG) provided by the Welsh Government, which subsidises the routes.
"I have organised this meeting on Friday as an opportunity for Bus operators to discuss the situation and their position in the matter. I would welcome any resident who has concerns to come along to the meeting."