Bus Network Review
Flintshire County Council is undertaking a review of the County’s subsidised
bus services over the coming months to establish a sustainable, equitable and
effective transport network for the future.
Currently, more than 55 bus routes operate across Flintshire on a daily basis.
These journeys are operated by private bus companies, which either run
commercial bus services or routes subsidised by Flintshire County Council.
Commercial routes are operated solely by private bus companies with no input
from the local authority on route direction or financial support, whereas
subsidised routes are those funded wholly, or partially, by the Council.
Around 60% of bus services in Flintshire are operated commercially and 40% are
subsidised. This subsidy totals £1,068,352 per annum (including Welsh
Government Bus Service Support Grant Funding).
There is no statutory duty upon the Council to provide local bus services, or
fund any form of public transport, but the Council does have a statutory duty
under the 1985 and 2000 Transport Acts to keep the bus network under review,
and intervene where it feels appropriate.
Historically, the subsidised bus routes in Flintshire have been established on
a piecemeal basis, sometimes without real justification or business case for
support. There is therefore a need to carry out a comprehensive review of the
network and consider the commercial and supported network as a whole to ensure
that it best reflects the current travel patterns of passengers and meets the
evolving demand for transport to new developments.
The review will consider the current supported bus network and how best to
prioritise increasingly limited public funding where there is most need and
ensure that service delivery is consistent, fair and equitable across the
County. Accordingly, the review will include areas of the County not currently
served by public transport and consider the current commercial provision of
services to key centres and identify any gaps where there is an existing or
A six week consultation begins on 23 April 2018, which will seek the opinion of
members of the public and key stakeholders on the most appropriate transport
solution in their local area. The consultation will seek to identify current
travel patterns, including where and when transport is needed, the purpose of
travel and which, of the proposed options, will deliver a sustainable transport
solution into future.
To aid this, the County has been divided in to four geographical areas to
prioritise and focus the transport need for individual communities. Within
these areas, four options are being presented for consideration. These are to
1) Stop subsidising bus routes completely 2) Continue with the current
subsidised routes only 3) Support bus routes on the core bus network and
introduce Local Travel Arrangements in areas off the core network (such as
rural communities) 4) Support bus routes on the core bus network and introduce
a demand responsive ‘ring and ride’ service for in areas off the core network
(such as rural communities).
Cabinet member for Streetscene and Countryside, Councillor Carolyn Thomas, said:
“I understand the importance of bus transport; for many people it is a lifeline
and I am committed to doing the best we can in Flintshire to provide an
effective, affordable and sustainable bus service. I encourage as many people
as possible to take part in the consultation to ensure that the views of the
public help shape the future of transport within our communities. There will be
a number of community engagement events where people can speak to officers to
of the authority for further information and officers will be travelling on
buses to speak to passengers for their views. If you have a community group or
society that would benefit from a meeting on this consultation please contact
Details on how to take part in the consultation can be found of the Flintshire
web site or from Flintshire Connects centres and there will be 5 public
engagement sessions in the County for residents to speak to officer of the
authority for more information:
Hawksbury Community Centre, Buckley – 26 April 2018
Mold Town Hall – 27 April 2018
Holywell Town Council Offices – 2 May 2018
Connahs Quay Civic Centre – 3 May 2018
Flint Town Hall – 10 May 2018
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01352