If the T9 is so ‘popular’ then scrap the subsidy – a letter to The GEM

By GEM Community Correspondent in Politics

I note with some interest the Welsh Government’s claim that the T9 service is going from “strength to strength”.

Any growth in passenger numbers is welcome, but it’s important to recognise that the best year on record for the T9 coincides with a record £455,000 subsidy by the taxpayer.

Neither do these statistics alter the fact that the bus is frequently empty, and that local bus services in the Vale have been decimated in recent years by Labour cuts.

We all want to see a thriving airport, but the sight of the empty T9 running along Port Road 34 times a day is extremely galling for local residents who don’t have the luxury of a regular bus service.

However, in a spirit of objectivity and support let’s give the government the credit they deserve, because if the T9 is so successful then perhaps they can scrap the half a million pounds in subsidies that keeps it running every year, and put that money back into local bus services.

Vincent Bailey

Dyfan Conservative candidate, Barry

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