Bus services returning to Porthmadog and Barmouth

Regular bus services will be restored to some parts to Gwynedd after four and a half months.

The villages of Borth y Gest and Morfa Bychan lost all of their daily services to Porthmadog after troubled Penygroes bus firm Express Motors lost its licences on New Year’s Eve. The route linking Barmouth, Harlech and Porthmadog was also badly affected.

Gwynedd Council said on Friday that up to seven journeys a day would resume on the 99 circular service from next Monday (16th April) – while up to eight journeys a day will be run on the 38/39 service between Porthmadog and Barmouth.

Councillor Dafydd Meurig, the council’s member for the environment, said: ”I am extremely pleased that additional bus services will now be in place between Barmouth and Porthmadog as well as for the circular route in the Morfa Bychan area and hope that local residents will make full use of the services.”

”Council officers have been working hard over recent months to understand local needs and to discuss with local bus providers with the aim of ensuring services meet those needs within the resources available to us.”

Express Motors is now believed to be preparing for liquidation after its licences were revoked by the Traffic Commissioner for Wales. Seven of the company’s directors are due to stand trial on fraud charges in September.

An application for a new licence under a new Express Motors company was rejected in February.