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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 October 2007, 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK
Bus service cut angers villagers
Arriva bus
Arriva buses between Bangor and Llandudno are affected
Residents of a village on the outskirts of Bangor in Gwynedd are angry a bus service to their community has been re-routed.

Bus users will now have to walk half a mile under the A55 at Abergwyngregyn, for the Bangor to Llandudno service.

They claim this is too far to walk, and potentially dangerous, as people may be tempted by a short-cut across the dual carriage way.

Arriva buses said the change was due to EU regulations on journeys over 50km.

The legislation states that all bus services over 50km (31 miles) must install tachographs in their vehicles to ensure that drivers do not work longer than the set hours.

Community councillor Dewi Roberts said he heard about the change in a letter to the council.

Some might be tempted to cross the dual carriageway as a short cut
Dewi Roberts, councillor

"It said that Arriva buses will cease to turn into the village, where there is a bus shelter, but instead will stop at the side of the A55.

"This means that residents who want to catch the bus to Llandudno will have to walk half a mile on the road which passes under the A55 to the bus stop.

"It also means that some might be tempted to cross the dual carriageway as a short cut."

"We've already had a community committee meeting. and feelings are running high.

"We've contacted both the Assembly Member Alun Ffred Jones and MP Betty Williams. We are also organising a petition."

Villager Mair Gruffydd said: "It is much too far to walk, especially if you are coming from Bangor and have shopping to carry."

An Arriva buses spokesman said: "We've had to make some route changes to the Five service, which runs between Bangor and Llandudno due to EU regulations relating to the length of the route.

"We'd like to apologise to any customers who are inconvenienced by the changes, and we'll continue to monitor the situation."



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