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Extra buses following complaints

A Sherpa bus winds its way through the Snowdonia National Park
A Sherpa bus winds its way through the Snowdonia National Park

Extra buses are set to run as part of the winter timetable across north west Wales after complaints.

It had been claimed the timetable left walkers within the Snowdonia National Park with less than five hours to walk up Snowdon.

The Sherpa service is run in partnership between Gwynedd and Conwy councils and the national park.

June Figg, chair of the Betws-y-Coed Tourism Association said the revised timetable was a good compromise.

Ms Figg had been concerned that changes to the timetable had meant walkers who stay at Betws-y-Coed had two choices.

She said neither of them was convenient, and one was potentially dangerous as it did not leave walkers with enough daylight to climb Snowdon.

Sherpa bus
This is a good compromise
June Figg, Betws-y-Coed Tourism Association

The revised timetable means the 0845 Sherpa bus from Betws-y-Coed is diverted to run direct to Pen y Pass and Llanberis, with an extra service at 0855 from Capel Curig to Bethesda.

Ms Figg, who runs a guesthouse at Betws-y-Coed, said: "Obviously it is a balancing act as there is a limited amount of money, but this is a good compromise.

More buses

"The only problem now is that the timetables have been printed, so people won't know about the extra service - but we are doing all we can to circulate the information," she added.

There are other additions to the winter bus timetable.

In Conwy a new service will run on Tuesday between Llanrwst and Corwen, leaving Llanrwst at 0905 and 1305, and leaving Corwen at 1010 and 1410.

Bus 25 has been extended from Monday to Saturday to start at 0907 from Hen Efail rather than Eglwysbach.

Arriva buses has also reinstated the 9/9 Llangefni (Anglesey) to Llandudno service at 0940 from Llangefni, Monday to Friday, returning at 1315 from Llandudno, but with six journeys each way on Saturdays.

Goronwy Edwards, Conwy's cabinet member for communities said: "We are grateful for the feedback provided by bus users and community groups to our community development service.

"Those comments have directly led to these improvements to contract bus routes."



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