Posted: Wed 13th Jan 2021

Call for Welsh Government & Council to step in and provide temporary bus services to industrial estate and hospital for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

A councillor has called on Welsh Government and the council to work together to create a temporary service to plug the gap after Arriva suspended local bus services last night.

Last night Arriva announced, after some confusing communication, that they were introducing a ‘firebreak’ at the local depot due to around 30 drivers testing positive, and over 25 shielding. Due to that all but five local services were suspended, with the lack of service to the main industrial estate being one service that appears to have caused most issue on social media.

The suspension is set to last 10-14 days, and currently there is no indication of any alternative provision.

In the wake of the cancellation Plaid Cymru’s Councillor Carrie Harper has made a plea for essential services to the industrial estate and hospital to be maintained.

She said: “Councillors were informed at 7pm last night that Arriva services were suspended on all but a few routes. That leaves key workers, including hospital staff, as well as those who have to attend hospital with very little alternative.”

“As this firebreak at Wrexham depot is likely to last at least 10 days, I’m calling on the Welsh Government and Wrexham Council to work together to provide an alternative temporary service with another bus company.”

“A shuttle service to the industrial estate and to the hospital from King Street is a bare minimum to ensure that workers and hospital staff can get to work safely. The timing of this announcement is very unfortunate, to say the least, but hopefully some services to these key destinations can be reinstated quickly.”

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