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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

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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.

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

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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.

Llandudno named in top 10 UK destinations

Llandudno has been named in the top 10 UK destinations, according to the travel website TripAdvisor.

The list of popular destinations is based on ratings from travellers.

Llandudno is the only Welsh town in the list Credit: PA

London was placed in the top spot, with Edinburgh and Torquay in second and third place.

Llandudno is in 8th place, above Leeds and Birmingham.

Read more: Top 10 cities global travellers most want to visit

New hourly rail services for mid Wales

New peak hourly trains between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury will be among extra services to be funded by the Welsh Government on the Cambrian and Heart of Wales rail lines.

The new services are expected to begin in May 2015 Credit: PA

The announcement will also see four new return services operate between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury from Monday to Saturday, and improvements to evening services on the Cambrian Coast between Barmouth and Pwllheli.

The new services will operate on an initial three-year trial basis and are expected to come into place from May 2015.

The Welsh Government say the additional services will create 20 new train crew and depot jobs.

Announcing the new services, Transport Minister Edwina Hart said: "This investment demonstrates our commitment to supporting public transport, which is a vital way for many people, including some of the most vulnerable in our society, to access jobs and services."

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