Welsh rural transport study
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• A Welsh Council is about to undertake a detailed study of rural transport problems. Announcing this in the Commons this week Mr Peter Thomas, the Welsh Secretary, has said the Council would be reporting its conclusions to him.
Mr Barry Jones (Labour, Flint East) spoke of the insidious dangers exposed by the heartless slashing and trimming of country bus services, while Mr William Edwards (Labour, Merioneth) said that one of the major problems about rural transport was the fantastic cost of travelling on buses. In about six months time there would be no need to subsidize some of these services because passengers would not be travelling on them because they could no longer afford to do so.
Mr Thomas replied that he accepted that cost had been quite a serious factor. But he noted that when services were withdrawn in Pembrokeshire some were taken up by local operators who appeared to be running the services without any subvention.