Reinstated services in South Denbighshire will feature in this Spring’s bus timetable changes, following an autumn public consultation and recent tendering.
On March 11 the County Council is restoring some services lost in July 2016.
Reinstated are more evening services on the X51 between Denbigh, Ruthin & Wrexham, between Llangollen & Wrexham as service 5, and as 51/X51 between Ruthin, Denbigh & Rhyl.
Also reinstated are Sunday services south of Denbigh to Ruthin & Wrexham. This area has been without Sunday buses for 18 months.
Weekday daytime services between Rhyl, Denbigh, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Ruthin, Ysbyty Maelor and Wrexham continue broadly unchanged. These buses usually offer free Wi-Fi for passengers.
Retained at broadly the same level are services between Ruthin and Mold as 1, X1 and 2. The popular return journeys to and from Chester continue and this proved to be a significant feature of the recent public consultation. The operator will become M & H Coaches.
The County Council has guaranteed day tickets will remain at Stagecoach’s lower-then-average levels for at least the remainder of 2018. Later this year, M & H will be investing in brand new buses for the 1/X1/2.
These new vehicles will feature free on-board Wi-Fi for passengers. They will be the first brand new buses in Ruthin since 2009 and they will help to displace an otherwise ageing fleet, offering new standards for passengers, lower emissions and better reliability.
There will be an improvement to the afternoon service between Denbigh and Henllan on the 66. A suit of changes for Bodfari, Tremeirchion, Rhuallt and Cwm sees some journeys on some days operate via Henllan for Prestatyn & Rhyl.
M & H continues with the 76, although there will be some changes to the timetable, especially at the Graigfechan end, where consultees wished for a more appropriate time in Ruthin.
The 55 and X5 between Ruthin, Corwen, Llangollen and Wrexham sees timetable changes to improve connections at Corwen and already a new operator, Coastline of Rhyl.
There are minor changes to services for villages between Ruthin and Corwen such as Betws Gwerfil Goch, Cyffylliog and Clawddnewydd. The new operator for these is Llew Jones Coaches. These services will restore low floor easy access buses rather than the step entrance minibuses in use for the last 18 months.
Brian Jones, Lead Member for Highways, Planning & Sustainable Transport, said: “The changes we have made are as a result of the bus service consultation that highlighted a number of areas where the Council could improve bus services for passengers and communities. I would urge passengers to support these changes so that they become as sustainable as possible."
Printed public timetables will be available from March 5th, 2018 at libraries and County Council offices. They are currently available online at www.denbighshire.gov.uk/travel.