Monmouth Assembly Member, Nick Ramsay, has contacted Monmouthshire County Council to raise his concerns about news that Stagecoach’s Severn Express bus service between Chepstow and Bristol is to be cancelled in June.
Nick received news about Stagecoach’s decision from a Chepstow constituent who relies on the service for commuting to work.
Speaking today Nick said: “I can appreciate the concern of people who use the Severn Express service between Chepstow and Bristol on a regular basis, but also understand the pressures our local bus companies are dealing with currently.
“ A spokesperson from Monmouthshire County Council has informed me that this is a fully commercial service which has struggled for some time. The previous operator pulled out and Stagecoach took over the service but passenger numbers haven’t increased.
“ He explained that Monmouthshire County Council would contact South Gloucester County Council and Bristol City Council to see if they would be willing to contribute towards a service, as in the current climate it is unlikely that any operator would take a commercial decision to run it. The council would not be able to fund the service on its own as its likely to need a substantial subsidy to run any sort of decent timetable and it doesn’t know what support may be needed coming out of the lockdown. The current situation is that commercial patronage is down by average of 93% approximately and it is likely to take a considerable amount of time to recover .
The spokesperson added that the council will keep the situation under review, and consider the options.”