Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council have told Select Bus Services to de-register the X60 Direct Route from Neath Town Centre to Morriston Hospital, a move which is set to spark controversy among the town’s inhabitants.
The service is the only direct route from Neath to Morriston Hospital and is used daily by relatives going to see their loved ones in hospital, the service is particularly popular among elderly users.
Now they face the prospect of having to travel to Swansea and then on to Morriston which is likely to cause unnecessary hardship and delays for many people.
Out-going Neath MP Peter Hain said: “I am monitoring the situation and hope that a solution can be found to keep this service running, I think it is extremely important that people from Neath have the chance to visit their loved ones in Morriston Hospital without having to go through the rigmarole of travelling to Swansea.”
“This is a service that is very popular among elderly users, some are trying to see their families, others are going to the hospital for vital treatment, this only makes their lives harder.”
“This is more clear evidence of how the cuts to the Welsh budget by the Coalition have impacted upon the lives of people in South Wales, it is just further evidence of the crisis in living standards.”