Susan Elan Jones MP has expressed her delight at the news that Arriva will resume its bus service through the Afoneitha Estate in Penycae on a trial basis following liaison between all parties.
The Clwyd South MP has campaigned determinedly along with Penycae Councillor, John Phillips, on behalf of local residents to reinstate the service through the estate. The service was discontinued following a risk assessment that identified access problems.
Susan Elan Jones MP said: “I am delighted at the news; Arriva have demonstrated a clear willingness to listen to, and work with the local community. The Afoneitha estate’s residents will benefit greatly from Arriva’s welcome change of heart. I will continue to work with Councillor Phillips and Arriva to support any further measures that may be needed in the future to maintain this vital service. Wrexham County Borough Council have also demonstrated their willingness to work with Arriva and the community in relation to any future necessary access concerns.”
Councillor John Phillips said: “Following constructive discussions with Arriva, Susan Elan Jones MP and the Highway Transport Manager from WCBC in September, I am delighted to hear that Arriva are trialling an hourly bus service around the Afoneitha estate from January 2018. It is absolutely fantastic news, which will aid residents of Afoneitha, in particular the elderly and less able of our community who value the service.
I cannot emphasise enough my gratitude to Arriva for agreeing to an hourly trial, as I know just how much it will be greatly appreciated by the residents of Afoneitha. To those who were concerned following the discontinued bus service earlier this summer, the new service will be a welcome change around the community.
As we know the viability of the new service is dependent on usage and I hope it’s well supported in order for it to continue. I am confident that both Arriva and the residents will work effectively together to ensure a successful trial and the smooth running of a popular service in the future”.
Susan Elan Jones MP and Councillor Phillips would like to take this opportunity to thank Arriva for this decision, which they hope will be a continued success in the future.