Gwynedd Council has announced that an improved bus service for the Llanfrothen area will see additional journeys available from November 2.
Following the cancellation of commercial routes, local residents had raised concerns regarding the reduction of routes available for them to travel to and from the Porthmadog area. However, thanks to the concerted efforts of Gwynedd Council officers and the local community and representatives, Express Motors will provide additional daily routes to serve Llanfrothen Monday to Saturday.
Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Transport said: “I am delighted that thanks to the hard work of Council officers and the willingness of local residents and local member, Councillor Gareth Thomas to work together to find a resolution that we have been able to deliver an improved service for the Llanfrothen area.
“Following concerns raised in the Llanfrothen area along with discussions with local representatives, I asked officers from the Council’s Integrated Transport Unit to make every effort to deliver improved services for the Llanfrothen community.
“It is therefore very pleasing that despite the hugely challenging budget pressures we face, that we have been able to work with Express Motors to deliver an improved service for the residents of Llanfrothen.”
Local Gwynedd Councillor Gareth Thomas, who represents the area on Gwynedd Council added: “This is certainly good news for local residents, and I am grateful to the Council’s Transport officers for coming to meet with local residents and discuss a way forward.
“Public transport services can be vital for rural communities and I am very pleased that a number of daily journeys will once again be available to residents from Mondays to Saturdays and that discussions are also ongoing regarding the possibility of offering additional on-demand journeys to the GP’s surgery in Penrhyndeudraeth.
“I believe that we will need to consider a more long-term community transport resource for the area, and I will continue to discuss this matter with the Council to consider whether it will be possible to apply for government grants to support sustainable long-term transport services for the area.”
From Monday, November 2, additional journeys will travel from Llanfrothen to Porthmadog via Prenteg at 10.22 and 12.22, with an additional return journey at 13.41.
Discussions are also ongoing with a local transport provider to provide extra journeys from Llanfrothen to the doctor’s surgery in Penrhyndeudraeth. It is hoped that an agreement can be made shortly that will mean additional on-call journeys being available to and from the surgery in Penrhydeudraeth that will give residents an opportunity to arrange journeys in advance.