One of the largest bus operators in Wales has cited the new 20mph default speed limit as creating ‘challenging operational circumstances.’
Arriva Wales has disclosed plans to alter routes in response to the contentious policy enforced by the Welsh Government.
A spokesman for the operator said: “Arriva has been closely monitoring its timetables since the 20mph speed limit has come into force in Wales and is planning a review of its networks.
“So far there has been an impact on punctuality as journey times have lengthened, which has been particularly noticeable on longer journeys or those journeys connecting towns.
“This is creating challenging operational conditions.
“We are undertaking a large-scale review of the network and it’s going to a require a combination of additional resource, changes to frequencies, and changes to routes to improve punctuality so we can better serve our customers.
“It is early days and we need more time to assess the data before making a final decision on the network. We are beginning to discuss the implications of this with the relevant authorities.”
Over 400,000 individuals have lent their support to a petition submitted to the Senedd, urging the removal of the new default speed limit.
In response, a spokesperson from the Welsh Government stated: “We have been clear from the outset that we would monitor any impacts of the 20mph on bus services. We are working closely with bus operators, local authorities, and Transport for Wales to tackle the challenges the industry is facing.”