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‘Tremendous savings’ trumpets the Arriva Bus website. It’s evident that the PR people
don’t live in Wrexham. I’m just back from a return journey on the Arriva 26 from
Wrexham to Mold. I only travelled two fare stages – Gwersyllt Wheatsheaf to Caergwrle
Station – and yet the return fare cost a shocking £3.00, which for two four minute
journeys is close to extortion – in fact, 5 times what it costs to do the same journey in a
VW Polo (60p). If I travel on a bus in Liverpool, I can go on a single journey anywhere in
the wide city centre area for just £1.40 – and that £1.40 can take you a long way.
However, here, if I want to travel two miles from Gwersyllt to Wrexham using the
company’s buses, I have to pay £1.70 single – 85p per mile. There is also a lack of a
student fare. I am still in full-time education and yet must pay the extortionate adult
price.
Arriva are a huge multinational corporation. They make a ludicrous amount of money
each year through their bus arm. Why, then, are they charging 20% - and in some cases
above 20% - more than the equivalent routes operated by competitors GHA Coaches
and D Jones and Son? Not only are the competitors cheaper, the vehicles used are
newer and clean. The majority of the D Jones fleet is extremely modern, consisting
entirely of low-floor buses from the 21st century. Arriva, on the other hand, run a rag-tag
fleet of buses that in the main date from 1996-1999 and have had a hard life in Liverpool.
They have also recently cut local services to Summerhill to the bone, reducing them to
every 30 minutes and constantly attempting to get one over on the far superior GHA
Coaches service – somewhat akin to two bald men fighting over a comb. What basis,
then, do they have for charging so much more than their competitors? I’d like to publicly
challenge Arriva to answer that question. I’d be very interested to find out exactly what
justification they have for charging so much for a poorer service.
Daniel Jones


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