Stagecoach confirms scale of service cuts in Wales

The scale of cuts by Stagecoach in Wales – which will see its fleet reduced by 10% from mid-July – has been released. .

It follows drastic cuts in investment by the Welsh Government (routeone, News, 16 April) and will see 14 routes finish, and a further eight have reduced frequencies.

The biggest impact of cuts is in Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent, with services in Torfaen, Caerphilly, and Rhondda Cynon Taf also affected.

The company is also to close of its Brynmawr depot, employing 77 staff and running 30 vehicles.

Says Stagecoach in South Wales MD John Gould: “Make no mistake – ultimate responsibility for the loss of bus services and jobs lies firmly at the door of the Welsh Government, following years of cuts to bus investment.”

Photo: Stagecoach South Wales Optare Solo passing Tintern Abbey. Credit:By Next Stop Please from Newport.