Posted: Sat 9th Sep 2023

Council confirms most Townlynx school buses to resume Monday after earlier withdrawal announcement

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Sep 9th, 2023


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A vital Flintshire schools transport provider has decided to continue with its operations after signalling on Friday that it was halting its services.

Flintshire Council confirmed this afternoon that Townlynx will resume its transport services next week. This follows the company’s previous announcement on Friday that it would halt operations.

Townlynx Bus Services had said it would cease operations, including school, college, and public transport services from today, Saturday 9 September. The council described this move as “unprecedented and unacceptable.”

In a letter sent to parents via schools, the council stated:

“We need to inform you that the Council was advised (at lunchtime today) that Townlynx Bus Services would not be operating any transport services after today, Friday 8th September.”

“This means that no school transport buses, college transport buses, and public transport services operated by Townlynx Bus Services will operate from tomorrow onwards.”

Earlier this afternoon, the Council was formally notified that, contrary to the announcement made on Friday, Townlynx had reversed their initial decision to shut down transport services.

This confirmation ensures that key school transport buses, college transport buses, and public transport services operated by Townlynx will remain in operation.

Among the services confirmed to be running are routes from Sychdyn to Argoed High School, Saltney Connah’s Quay to St Richard Gwyn High School, and Flint to Mold Campus, among others.

Chief Officer for Streetscene & Transportation, Katie Wilby said:

“We understand that the unprecedented and unacceptable withdrawal of services announced on Friday 8 September caused significant concern for many people who rely on the transport services provided by Townlynx.

Officers and headteachers spent most of the day and evening dealing with the fallout and consequences for young people and service users, and the Council acted promptly on the information it received from Townlynx Bus Services at very short notice during the afternoon.  Townlynx has since apologised for the disruption, distress and inconvenience their decision has caused.”

This announcement means that the following school transport buses, college transport buses and public transport services operated by Townlynx Bus Services will be operating.  These services are detailed below.

A small number of school transport services will be covered by other operators from Monday, 11 September and these are detailed below.  Bus pick-up and drop-off times remain the same.  These measures were put in place on Friday and will remain in place until further notice.

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