Nick calls for better public transport in rural areas


MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has been told that there is a possibility that the popular Grass Routes’ bus service could be expanded.

Nick wrote to the Passenger Transport Manager at Monmouthshire County Council, Richard Cope, after being contacted by constituents who are experiencing difficulty travelling to and  from rural areas.

“One constituent said she would very much like to use the Grass Routes’ bus service to Monmouth on Fridays but despite her best efforts, it seems it has been impossible to re-arrange the route to allow for a pick up point in Llanddewi Rhydderch,” said Nick.  “She thinks the Grass Routes’ bus is an excellent service and uses it regularly to go to Abergavenny market. She mentioned that there were other people in the village who would be interested in using the service but thought that many people were unaware of its existence.”

Nick has since received a reply from the Passenger Transport Manager stating that they are currently working with the council’s Social Services’ department to integrate some of their services on to Grass Routes.

“They are also in the process of buying more vehicles because the service is proving so popular, with the current runs nearly always full. It is hoped that in the meantime, they may be able to arrange a pick up point in Llanddewi for the Monmouth run.

“Grass Routes is an excellent, award winning service and it’s good news that there are plans for expansion. For those living in rural areas who can’t drive or don’t own a car, a good public transport system is vital,” said Nick.

Details of the Grass Routes’ scheme and application forms can be obtained from One Stop Shops or call 0800 085 8015.