Author: Age Cymru
Published on 02 October 2013 03:00 PM
Commenting on news that Arriva Buses Wales is withdrawing six bus services around the Aberystwyth area, Age Cymru’s Policy Advisor, Ceri Cryer says:
“Age Cymru is very concerned to learn of proposals by Arriva Buses Wales to cut some bus routes around the Aberystwyth area in one of the most rural parts of Wales.
“Bus services are vital to many older people, and can play a crucial role in helping them to maintain their independence and wellbeing as well as access services, facilities and amenities in their communities.
“Without effective transport, older people are more likely to be exposed to loneliness and isolation, particularly those living in rural areas.
“Older people are more reliant on the bus than other age groups but they are less likely to manage with poor quality services.
“They must have the means to get out and buy food, seek medical attention, get money, pay bills and have social contact.
“These elements are a basic necessity of a fulfilling and decent life and ought to be a high priority in the provision of transport services.”