Plaid Cymru has used Tuesday’s First Minister Questions to seek a solution to reinstate and improve vital transport services between Aberystwyth and Cardiff.
The Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales Simon Thomas asked the First Minister for a statement on bus services from Aberystwyth to Carmarthen:
“For over thirty years we have had a reliable and consistent bus service between Cardiff and Aberystwyth. A bus service which has been uninterrupted until this summer.
“This is the first time we’ve lost the bus service which was so attractive to old-age pensioners and students alike. Since the Lewis Coaches service has come to an end, I’ve already heard from constituents who’ve had to stay in Carmarthen over night as the Cardiff to Carmarthen train service arrives later than the Carmarthen to Aberystwyth bus service.
The First Minister promised Simon Thomas that a new service would be up and running within weeks.
“I welcome this news but if the Welsh Government truly agree that the bus service should be reinstated, they need to tell us when, and how they’re planning on guaranteeing that this will happen.
“It’s time for the rudderless Welsh Labour Government to look further than the M4 Corridor, and ensure vital transport services are improved in Mid and West Wales.”
Mr Thomas also commented on the First Minister’s claims that a new Carmarthen to Aberystwyth railway line would cost “billions”.
“Estimates of re-establishing a rail link between Carmarthen and Aberystwyth vary between £300 million and £650 million”, the AM, who has been campaigning for such a link said. “This is expensive but not billions. We need a rail link in the long term but I am focused now on ensuring our bus link is reinstated as soon as possible”.