In January, Cardiff Bus announced that they were planning to cut loss-making bus services across the city, including the 86 that serves Llanishen, Thornhill and Lisvane.
Earlier today (19 March) Cardiff Council announced that through a tendering process, Cardiff Bus will continue 4 of the routes and Stagecoach will operate 2 of the routes.
Lots of effort has been put in to highlighting how important these services are, particularly to older people, over the past few months by many people across the city.
And the Council Conservative group has submitted a petition, a motion, an alternative budget, and has asked plenty of questions to get the Labour administration to listen. And we are glad they finally have.
Here’s just some of the work the Conservative Councillors in Cardiff have been doing about this issue:
- We submitted an alternative budget last month, with an extra £250,000 for the bus routes that the Labour administration have now managed to get the money for (wonder where they got the idea from…)
- We raised a motion in January calling for changes to Cardiff Bus directorships.
- At last months Council meeting, a petition was submitted against the planned scrapping of the 86.
- We’ve asked a range of questions of the ruling Labour group, including the cabinet, about Cardiff Bus.
Although in an ideal world these bus routes would pay for themselves (or even turn a profit) through ticket receipts, it’s important that as much of the city is served by good transport links as possible. There’s no denying that we are some way from that (morning commute on the train anyone?) and more focus is needed on delivering high quality services for the city.
With a whole host of new housing developments planned for the north of the city, effectively managing transport infrastructure is essential to ensuring the developments are sustainable, and the city doesn’t grind to a halt.
Myself and colleagues are continuing to make the case for better transport infrastructure and if you’ve got any views please get in touch.