This weekend drivers and passengers were given the sudden sad news that Acrefair based bus company D Jones & Son would cease trading. Many commuters and students were left having to find alternative transport for their Monday morning commute and the drivers had to take home the news little more than a week before Christmas.
Only last year Ruabon based coach company GHA found itself in financial difficulty and Clwyd South MP, Susan Elan Jones, says questions must be answered from Wrexham Borough County Council after a second company has failed due to financial difficulty, despite being awarded statutory education routes along with other vital services.
This is massively concerning. Post GHA, how was another bus co that must have been in financial trouble awarded Council contracts? Routes I am concerned about incl 146, Maelor villages. Hope @wrexhamcbc get new bus routes running soon. https://t.co/xrotAZqIt7
— Susan Elan Jones MP (@susanelanjones) December 16, 2017
Clwyd South AM and Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport, Ken Skates said that the Welsh Government is seeking an urgent meeting with WCBC to discuss the closure after the amount of money local authorities receive for for bus services was protected, despite cuts from Westminster.
For now, all our thoughts are with the drivers and employees of D Jones & Son, and the difficult times they will be facing.
Alex Mitsiaras – IT Coordinator