Campaigners say Cyncoed bus cuts leave elderly housebound
Reduced services are unfair, unreliable and unrealistic, say residents
BUS service cuts around Roath Park Lake are isolating elderly residents in Cyncoed, a meeting at Christ Church, Lakeside, heard.
At the meeting on Tuesday evening, attended by 137 people, Cardiff Bus spokesperson Councillor Chris Lay heard from angry residents.
Campaigner Ruth Davies said: “The 28 route via Shirley Road
and Lakeside served a large area of Cardiff and a lot of people living here
relied on it to get to the shops, cafés, churches and GPs.
“Many of them are elderly, or have mobility issues, and they cannot walk to the other side of the lake.”
“People need to get out of their homes to feel that they are
part of the community,” she said.
Last March Cardiff Bus reduced the number 28 service to cover
only Lake Road East and removed the number 54 service, leaving Lake Road West
and Mackintosh Place without any bus service.
Chris Blackler, 75, lives on Lakeside Drive. She works in the city centre and used to wait 45 minutes for her bus to arrive. Now she drives part way and catches a more reliable bus route into the city.
Ms Blackler said: “I was fed up with waiting for a bus which would then be cut with no explanation.
“I have been so frustrated at the lack of compassion from Cardiff Bus. We are reliant on the service and they’ve abandoned us.
“They want us to give up and stop using them altogether, so
that they can justify the cuts,” she said.
Residents complained their buses are often late, and the stops are uncomfortable and inaccessible.
They also said that electronic information boards at the stops were inaccurate, but residents depend on these because they cannot use the Cardiff Bus app.
Howard Kilvington, a campaigner from Lake Road West, asked why Lakeside residents usually have to wait over 30 minutes for a bus.