Rhyl bus station changes

From November 6th, 2016, the bus stands at Rhyl bus station will be lettered instead of numbered. Stands A, B and C are the stops with standalone shelters nearest the railway station. Below shows the bus services that will stop at each stand;

 Stand  Bus service
 A and B   12
 C   11 and its variants, 35/35A
 D   51, X51, 36/36A,
 E   18, 19, 40, 45/6, 47, 54
 F   83 and its variants
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Local Coach Company Keeps Rural Route Alive.

Llew Jones Coaches of LLanrwst have taken over the Number 19 and X19 bus routes from Arriva. A move which will maintain an important connection for many people living in rural areas of the Conwy valley.

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I travelled on the 19 today and you really get a sense of how difficult it would be for many disabled and elderly people to get to places, like Llandudno and local hospitals, without a reliable bus service.

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Apart from that, it is a wonderful route and highly enjoyable journey through some of the more beautiful parts of the North Wales. Traveling down the picturesque Conwy valley, through stunning Betwys-y-Coed and up to Cwm Penmachno.

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Well done LLew Jones on keeping such an important link running.

Contact information:

Tel: 01492 640320

Station Yard
Station Rd
Llanrwst
Gwynedd
LL26 0EH

info@llewjonesinternational.co.uk

Llandudno Extravaganza

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It’s that time of year again, when llandudno hosts it annual Extravaganza.

With oodles of things going on all over town, it’s a must see for anyone visiting the area.

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Below is a program of events for the weekend.

634c1e66-2c5b-4639-9ad2-b07c0999dd41 Just be aware, if you are traveling in or out by bus, the buses will be dropping off at the Law Courts and picking up at the Mostyn Broadway Coach park.

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Well What a day that was!

Today started off okay, with a little rain but nothing to write home about.

I had decided to check out the buses for the Action for Access campaign, so went over to get the number 13. Yet again i was disappointed to find that it was a bus without a ramp. Really as this is a bus that goes to Glan Clwyd Hospital, you would think it would be accessible.

Anyway, I decided to go on the number 5x to Caernarfon, a journey which takes about Three hours. I was pleased to see the driver was a lovely Red head that I had had the pleasure of traveling with in the past. Everything was fine until we got back in to Bangor on the return leg. Ahead of us a Padarn Bus driver had dropped passengers at an unsanctioned stop and then his bus decided this was a good time to lock up its brakes completely. Because of road works to the side of the bus, no other bus could pass him to get to the stands! The upshot was complete gridlock!

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Two hours of sitting on a bus later, listening to claims of “it’ll only be a few minutes” and the like, we got off and went down to try and catch one on the main road. By this time it had started chucking it down! Not that there was anyone there to help passengers find where their busses were going from or when they were leaving! Thanks for that Arriva and Padarn Busses!!

We finally got a number 5 back to Llandudno and things were looking up. This lasted all of 5 minutes! The Expressway outside of Tal y Bont had flooded and there was a huge tailback! Another 30 minute delay followed, sitting on a steamy bus in torrential rain!  Finally we made it back to Craig-y-don Two and a half hours late after a five and three quarter hour bus journey!

Still, could have been worse, we could have been camping at Wakestock!!!

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Bus Changes in Llandudno for Bank Holiday.

During the weekend of the Extravaganza there will be changes to where the buses arrive and depart in Llandudno town center.

Out bound buses will depart from the coach park on Mostyn Broadway and arriving buses will terminate at the Magistrates Courts on Conwy Road.

This will bee for the full weekend including Monday bank holiday.

And don’t forget Mostyn Avenue, after the Chocolate Box, will be closed as a through road and only open to residents.

Arriva Price Hike Again!

Just a few months after they increased the cost of Weekly tickets, Arriva have raised prices across the board!

The changes in fares will be introduced from 1st April.

Adult single fares will be increased by 10p to 30p in general with child fares becoming 2/3 of the adult fare throughout Wales.

Child day and weekly tickets will be priced at 2/3 of the adult equivalent.

Residents in the village of Talybont, Bangor have complained to Arriva for withdrawing their route 66 bus service connecting their village with the rest of the Bus network 
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Photo Robert Parry Jones

Arriva states on their site:

“We understand that this will have a regrettable impact upon our customers, however at this time we have little option but to react to the substantial reduction in government financial support of bus services across Wales and the rising cost of fuel.”

With the possible strikes by Tanker drivers and the general economic climate, I think this is a bit of unfortunate timing.