Share your views about local bus services at Your Bus Matters event


The Council will co-host an event in Pontypridd where residents are invited to share their views about all matters concerning local bus services.

The Your Bus Matters event, hosted by the Welsh Government-funded charity Bus Users Cymru with assistance from the Local Authority, has been organised as part of Catch the Bus Week 2018 – which this year runs from July 2-8.

Residents are invited to attend the event, where they will be able to speak with Council Officers and representatives from N.A.T. Group, Stagecoach and Bus Users Cymru, about bus services in Rhondda Cynon Taf. It is an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions to the bodies responsible for local bus services, and share their feedback to them.

The event will take place at Pontypridd Town Centre on Monday, July 2, from 10am to 2pm – and participants will be able to give their views aboard a Stagecoach bus, which will be located at Market Street.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “The Council works closely with bus operators and is always looking for ways to improve local services, to encourage more people to use public transport regularly. Catching the bus has many advantages – it is good for the environment, reduces the number of vehicles on our roads and improves travel times.

“The Council has also provided significant recent funding to improve services for bus users – with Tonypandy Bus Station and Catherine Street Bus Stops in Pontypridd recent examples where investment has been secured to improve facilities. Meanwhile, bus stops from Taff’s Well, through Pontypridd and Porth, and along the Rhondda Fach and Fawr corridors, have been improved thanks to significant Welsh Government funding – matched by Stagecoach providing new buses on these routes.

“The event in Pontypridd will give residents the chance to ask questions about local bus services directly to the bodies responsible for them, which includes the Council. I would encourage residents to attend to share their views.”

Barclay Davies, Bus Users Cymru Deputy Director for Wales, added: “The Your Bus Matters event is a really good opportunity for bus users to talk directly with the bus operators in their area, and it will hopefully be the start of a longer term dialogue, aimed at improving bus services. At the event, details of all points raised are taken and replies sent by the operators or Local Authorities to those people attending.

“It is often difficult for bus users to understand the actions of commercial bus operators and difficult for bus operators to fully understand the needs of users. People often don’t know who is responsible for providing bus services in their area or who they should contact when things go wrong. I hope that this event will help and that as many people as possible will come and talk to us.” 

Posted on Thursday 28th June 2018

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