REGIONAL MS Suzy Davies has welcomed news that Swansea Council intends to ensure that bus services linking Gorseinon and Pontarddulais will continue to operate during the six months when the railway bridge at Pentre Road is closed for repairs.
Welsh Conservative Suzy called for action to ensure that bus services continue from November as many people live in one town and work in the other while many others rely on it for shopping and other activities.
Suzy has now been told by Swansea Council’s Transport Team that they are hoping to put on a mini bus link which would connect passengers with the Service 16 bus which will have to turn around at Grovesend once the bridge is closed.
The council is asking Network Rail to make a financial contribution to the cost of this mini bus.
Suzy said: “I support Swansea Council in this request as it is the work on the bridge which is causing the loss of the bus service. However, there are still some issues to resolve. I am told that the narrow hump back bridge at Alltygraban Road will limit the size of the vehicle that can be used because of the fear that anything bigger would be grounded as it crossed the bridge.
“There is also the thorny question of social distancing rules. If the two-metre rule is still in place for transport in November, a 16 seater mini bus would only be able to carry two passengers plus the driver which would mean having to double run at certain times of the day to meet demand.
“At the moment, nobody knows what the situation will be in November and I know that in England distancing on public transport has been reduced to one metre as long as people wear masks which are also compulsory in Wales. So there may be some leeway by then although no-one can be sure.
“The ball is now in Network Rail’s court to see if they can clarify the position so that Swansea Council can press ahead with its plans.”