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===351 (Tenby – Pendine) Bus Service – Proposed timetable change===
We have had concerns raised from a contractor regarding the financial viability of operating the 351 (Tenby to Pendine) bus service. Taf Valley Coaches are having a high number of vehicle damages on this route due to the nature of the roads. During the winter months when passenger numbers are very low, they have said that the service is not breaking even and they are going to have to hand back the contract.

I have explained that we cannot provide any additional funding due to the reduced budget for passenger transport services. However, they have suggested that removing the last three journeys during the months of November, December, January and February would enable them to save sufficient staff and fuel costs to make the service sustainable.

Below is the current timetable with the proposed journeys to be removed shown with a red line through them.

I have obtained the passenger numbers for those who would not be able to travel if the last three journeys are removed. Please see below:

December 2018 15
January 2019 21
February 2019 26
March 2019 54
November 2019 17

As you can see, the numbers are very low, with an average of less than 1 person per day during November, December and January. It is proposed that the existing timetable would remain in place during this winter and it would change on 2nd November 2020.

I have arranged for the attached posters and proposed timetable to be displayed on the service buses to obtain feedback from passengers who currently use the service during the winter months. I would be grateful if you could also share these with your constituents. If you have any feedback or suggestions regarding the proposal, please forward them onto me.

Regards,

Owen Roberts
Passenger Transport Coordinator
Cydlynydd Cludiant Teithwyr
Tel/ffon: 01437 776313 / 07770 632195
E-mail/e-bost: owen.roberts@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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