77 jobs at risk as bus company announces reduced services

Stagecoach has announced it will make a number of cuts to services from this summer. The company says it has to make the reductions after investment cuts.

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Stagecoach cuts 'disappointing' says Welsh Govt

The Welsh Government has described Stagecoach's announcement that it will be cutting services, as 'disappointing.'

This is extremely disappointing news. The new reimbursement rate for operators in the concessionary bus fare scheme was set following an independent review to ensure operators such as Stagecoach were 'no better and no worse off' by taking part. We continue to work with the Confederation of Passenger Transport to deliver a sustainable bus industry in Wales.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Bus operator confirms service cuts

Stagecoach is withdrawing some of its services in south Wales Credit: PA

Bus operator Stagecoach has confirmed cuts to its services in south Wales, following reductions in funding from the Welsh Government.

The company says it has been forced to cut the size of its bus fleet in Wales by 10 per cent and a number of bus services will be discontinued or reduced in frequency from the summer.Affected areas include Monmouthshire, Newport, Chepstow and Blaenau Gwent.

Stagecoach is currently consulting with union representatives over the closure of its Brynmawr depot, where 77 staff are employed, in July.

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Welsh Government: Bus cuts are 'disappointing'

The Welsh Government has responded to the news that Stagecoach will reduce its bus services in parts of Wales.

This is extremely disappointing news. The new reimbursement rate for bus operators was set following an independent review to ensure operators such as Stagecoach were “no better and no worse off” by taking part. As yet, Stagecoach has not formally informed Welsh Government of the threatened closure or service cuts.

– Welsh Government Spokesperson

Union says bus depot closure is 'disappointing'

The trade union Unite says the decision by bus company Stagecoach to close its depot in Brynmawr is 'disappointing and distressing'.

Seventy-seven members of staff work at the site.

It is an understatement to say today’s decision by Stagecoach to close its Brynmawr depot is disappointing and distressing news for our members. Going forward now into the consultation period, our focus will be on working constructively on behalf of our members to ensure the best possible future for them and minimise any potential redundancies.

– John Toner, Unite Wales Officer

Stagecoach says it's working with trade union representatives over the impact on jobs, although they say some staff will be offered redeployment.

Bus company announces cuts to services

The service cuts will come into force this summer Credit: PA

Bus company, Stagecoach, has announced it will make a number of cuts to services from this summer. The company blames investment cuts by the Welsh Government.

Stagecoach claim the Welsh Government cut bus service support by 25%, but the Transport Minister says this figure is exaggerated.

The services affected include those Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The company also says it will close its depot in Brynmawr this July - where 77 staff are employed. Bosses are currently consulting with trade union representatives over the impact on jobs, although they say some staff will be offered redeployment.

The Welsh Government plans to make a £24million cut to the country’s concessionary travel scheme which operators have warned will have a further impact on bus passengers and bus workers unless it is reversed.

Stagecoach says it will decide whether to mount a legal challenge depending on the Welsh Government's response this Friday.

The Welsh Government has been asked for a response.

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