Wrexham Council replaces RJ’s routes

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Wrexham Council has found new operators to take over most of the bus routes run by RJ’s of Wem, which was run by two former directors of GHA Coaches and has now had its O-licence revoked (CBW1270).

The RJs licence ended at 0001hrs on Monday, December 19.

A Wrexham Council spokesman said: “Wrexham Council has successfully found bus companies to take on all but one of the routes affected following the recent decision by the Traffic Commissioner for Wales to revoke RJ’s of Wem’s Operator License.

“The council has undertaken an emergency tender process to encourage commercial operators to run the services with financial support.”

The Council announced that the local bus services were due to continue to operate from Monday, December 19, subject to the Traffic Commissioner’s approval.

The services are:

Service 64: Ceiriog Valley to Llangollen. It will be operated by Tanat Valley Coaches as per the service’s existing timetable;

Service 146: Wrexham to Whitchurch, which will be operated by D Jones and Son as per the existing timetable;

Service 17: Wrexham to Moss and Lodge will be operated by Wrexham Taxis three days per week (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday); and

Service 34: Wrexham to Burton & Trevalyn, will be operated be Wrexham Taxis three days per week (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday).

The Council spokesman added: “Unfortunately, no commercial operator has shown any interest in running Service Number 6 (Wrexham to Ruabon/Pont Adam) so the service will cease to operate from Monday, December 19.

“The Council remains committed, however, to finding an operator for this service and will be undertaking another tender exercise for this route as soon as possible.”

Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “Council officers have completed the tender exercise extremely quickly and efficiently and I would like to thank them for their hard work.”