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Four Arriva bus depots close due to financial pressures

The Arriva bus station at Dolgellau is among four closing Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The Aberystwyth depot for Arriva Buses Wales will close today, alongside those in New Quay, Lampeter and Dolgellau.

The company says the period of instability regarding public transport funding - together with spiralling fuel costs, has put unsustainable financial pressure on their Aberystwyth operations.

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Arriva Buses Wales said yesterday that Services 20, 40, 40C, 50, 585 and X94 will stop, its Aberystwyth depot, and New Quay, Lampeter and Dolgellau outstations will close, with up to 46 jobs potentially lost.

It said "spiralling fuel costs has resulted in an unsustainable financial pressure."

Local MP Mark Williams reacted on Twitter: "I am absolutely appalled by Arriva's decision to axe half a dozen bus services in Ceredigion and isolate many of my constituents."

On Tuesday the 1st of October, Arriva Buses announced that it would be cancelling 6 bus services from the 21st of December. This will mean there is no bus link with South Wales and force people trying to travel to South Wales by public transport to instead take a five hour train journey. The closure of the Aberystwyth depot could mean as many as 46 people lose their jobs.

We believe that this is unacceptable and the Welsh Government and Ceredigion County Council must act immediately to ensure that the services can be continued.

– Mark Williams, MP for Ceredigion


'Unsustainable pressure' on Arriva buses

Arriva buses have cited "spiralling fuel costs" and "unsustainable financial pressure" as part of the reasons for proposing the closure of various sites across Wales.

"It is with regret we propose that Arriva Buses Wales’ Aberystwyth depot, New Quay, Lampeter and Dolgellau outstations will close on the 21 December 2013, subject to a consultation period with staff.

"The period of instability regarding public transport funding and potential forthcoming changes to the Concessionary Fares Scheme, together with spiralling fuel costs has resulted in an unsustainable financial pressure on our Aberystwyth operations. A recent network review has lead us to believe that current services in this area cannot, despite our best efforts, continue.

"Services 20, 40, 40C, 50, 585 and X94 would be affected by the closure, with the proposed last day of operation being 21 December 2013. Due to contractual arrangements service 585 would continue to operate until 15 February 2014. We have notified the local authority of our intentions.

"The proposed closure may unfortunately result in staff losses, and we are currently in consultation with the 46 staff who would be affected."

– Arriva Buses Wales

Concerns over Arriva buses jobs threat

The Unite union has raised concerns over proposals by Arriva buses to cut up to 46 jobs across sites in Wales.

“We’re clearly disappointed by [the] decision by Arriva to look at a number of closures that would result in people losing their jobs. This is a worrying development for our members effected who will now face great uncertainty in what are already financially trying times.

"Going forward we are focused on working towards the best possible outcome for our members that are potentially impacted by today’s announcement.”

– Tony Brady, Unite Wales officer