Are local buses failing to meet our new trains as promised?
The new bus timetables agreed between Pembrokeshire County Council and Richards Brothers were warmly welcomed as a great boost to our new rail service, particularly with no date yet for Goodwick Station reopening. As autumn moves into winter, the 20 minute walk from Goodwick (40 minutes from Fishguard) to the Harbour Station will be a growing disincentive to take the train. So a bus to meet the daytime arrivals and departures at the station seemed the perfect solution.
But only if the bus does what it says in the new timetables.
This week Fishguard Trains took the 410 bus to catch the 9:56 departure to Carmarthen. The bus passed through Goodwick Square a couple of minutes early, and reached the Harbour at 9:40. These pictures now tell the story.
Getting off the bus, we shot this at 9:41 – that’s the time of the digital stamp on the photo.
The bus was timetabled to wait until 9:48, to meet the most important incoming service of the morning. But the driver was keen to get on, and at 9:42 he simply drove away towards Fishguard.
At 9:46 we photographed the incoming train from Hereford, Cardiff and Swansea, exactly on time. But no bus to be seen.
In a recent comment, Rhydgaled reported receiving this statement from Richards Brothers:
“The number of passengers we have carried to and from the harbour since the 12th September are very disappointing and the cost extending the service to Cardigan in the evening would probably be too expensive”.
If Richards Brothers are disappointed with the numbers of rail passengers they are carrying, why don’t they observe the published timetable that would enable rail passengers to use their buses?
Fishguard Trains will be seeking responses from Richard Brothers and Pembrokeshire County Council.