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Thursday, July 14, 2016

County issues statement on GHA school buses

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* See updates at foot of story

Denbighshire County Council has announced that it received notification yesterday (Wednesday) from GHA Coaches that it was to cease trading as of last night.

The council said it was using its contingency plans to try and ensure that as many former services as possible run by GHA were able to continue to operate by other suppliers on a temporary basis.

A council statement says: "Not all routes will be covered immediately and there will be some gaps in service, as it will take a few days to arrange the necessary vehicles from other suppliers.

"Other bus services will need to operate on a reduced emergency timetable. 

"This information will be updated by the council, as soon as information becomes known.

"As part of its contingency response, the council is giving urgent priority to school pupils who are eligible for free school transport.

"The following arrangements are confirmed as at Tuesday evening:

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* Clawdd Poncen and Corwen: Williams Bala

* Llandrillo/Cynwyd: Williams Bala

* Trevor/Garth: E Jones & Son

* Chirk/Black Park area: Llew Jones Coaches

The council statement adds: "On Thursday 14th July, as at the time of publication, except for school journeys, there will be no former GHA bus services operating.

"We will update information on other services when available."

* See the BBC story on this issue at

Denbighshire County Council has announced this morning that the following bus services previously operated by GHA Coaches  WILL operate today (Thursday) ...

Ruthin to Denbigh
Market Street Dept – 0915,1015,1115,1315,1415
Rhewl (Drovers Arms) – 0920,1020,1120,1320,1420
Llanrhaeadr Church – 0926,1026,1126,1326,1426
Brookhouse – 0929,1029,1129,1329,1429
Denbigh arr – 0935,1035,1135,1335,1435

Denbigh to Ruthin
Denbigh, Lenton Pool, dept – 0950,1050,1150,1350,1450
Brookhouse – 0956,1056,1156,1356,1456
Llanrhaeadr Church, 0959,1056,1159,1359,1459
Rhewl (Drovers Arms) 1005,1105,1205,1405,1505
Ruthin arr – 1010,1110,1210,1410,1510

55 Ruthin to Corwen
Ruthin (Wynnstay Rd) 0845,0945,1145,1345
Llanfair DC – 0849,0949,1149,1349
Pwllglas – 0852,0952,1152,1352
Pandy’r Capel 0900,1000,1200,1400
Bryn SM 0902,1002,1202,1402
Gwyddelwern 0905,1005,1205,1405
Clawdd Poncen 0910,1010,1210,1410
Maes Afallen 0911,1011,1211,1411
Corwen arr, 0913,1013,1213,1413

55 Corwen to Ruthin
Corwen (carpark) dep – 0915,1015,1215,1430
Maes Afallen – 1917,1017,1202,1432
Clawdd Poncen – 0918,1018,1203,1433
Gwyddelwern – 0922,1022,1207,1437
Bryn SM – 0925,1025,1210,1440
Pandy’r Capel – 0927,1027,1212,1442
Pwllglas – 0935,1035,1220,1450
Llanfair DC – 0938,1038,1223,1453
Ruthin(Market Street) Arr – 0942,1042,1227,1457

Llangollen county councillor Stuart Davies says he is shocked to hear about the sudden closure of GHA coaches.

He told llanblogger: "This has an enormous impact on the town with people struggling to get to work in Wrexham and the surrounding areas.

"DCC has no powers regarding service bus routes, these were taken off Ccuncils years ago. However, dedicated DCC officers have been working through the evening to try and get a skeleton service up and running.

"They have been successful in getting the T2 service up, now being run by Lloyds, a big thank you to them.

"Also the X5 service is nearly there as well and hopefully should be running tomorrow."

He added: "My thoughts go to the staff who have been suddenly made jobless. The school Bbs services should be running as per DCC press releases.

"I am also calling on the Welsh Government to reinstate the subsidies that were taken off us over the last couple of years. Creating jobs is no good if people cannot get to them!"

Clwyd South AM Ken Skates said: “The news of GHA’s problems is a bitter blow for our area, and our primary concern must be for those whose jobs are now at risk.

"I will help them in any way I can. The Welsh Government is working closely with local councils including Wrexham and Denbighshire to help those who rely on the services GHA is now unable to provide.”

MP Susan Elan Jones added: “Many of my constituents have been left stranded as result of this, and for a lot of people these buses are how they get to and from Wrexham Maelor Hospital. While our local councils are acting to provide alternatives, I offer my full support to the affected employees at such a difficult, uncertain time.”

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