Bus network review in Flintshire
Over the past three months, Flintshire County Council has been consulting on
the future provision of subsidised bus services that support and supplement the
The purpose of the review was how to best to prioritise increasingly limited
public funding where there is most need and ensure that local bus service
delivery is sustainable, affordable and equitable across the County. The
review considered areas of the County not currently served by public transport
and how best to support commercial services to ensure their sustainability.
Flintshire sought the opinion of members of the public and key stakeholders on
the most appropriate transport solution for their local area identifying
current travel patterns, where and when transport is required, the purpose of
travel and which, of the proposed four options, will deliver a sustainable
transport solution into future. To aid this, the County was divided in to four
geographical areas to prioritise and focus the transport need for individual
communities. Within these areas, four transport options were presented for
The consultation feedback has now been collated and assessed and the preferred
option is to support bus routes on the core bus network and introduce Local
Travel Arrangements in areas off the core network. This option will provide
consistency and flexibility within the supported network allowing areas not
currently benefiting from public transport to have a service while continuing
to provide a level of service to those who have. The purpose of the local
travel arrangements is to connect communities to key hubs, such as town
centres, and the core bus network for onward journeys, while increasing
passenger access to commercial services ensuring their sustainability.
The consultation outcome will be presented to Flintshire’s Environment Overview
and Scrutiny committee on 12 July for consideration.
As well as the outcome to the bus network review, debate will also be had on
number of long standing school transport arrangements that do not currently
conform to Flintshire Council Council’s Home to School transport policy, along
with a review of concessionary school transport bus pass costs.