CONFUSION ON THE BUSES AS VALE COUNCIL SWAPS OPERATORS

Watts will not be running the 89a and 89b services from Penarth tomorrow. NAT - New Adventure Travel - will be stepping in to run them instead.

Watts Coaches will not be running the 89a and 89b services from Penarth tomorrow. The Vale Council says  NAT – will be stepping in to run them instead. ….But NAT says it’s the first they’ve heard of it

There’s confusion today over an announcement made by Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) who is Vale ‘cabinet’ Member for “Regeneration”  (which apparently includes public transport).

Cllr Burnett and later Vale of Glamorgan Public Transport  both announced  on Twitter today that NAT Buses (a.k.a. New Adventure Travel) would be taking over the Penarth 89a and 89b services (currently both operated by Watts Coaches) with effect from tomorrow February 22nd 2015 “until further notice”.

One of the "tweets" announcing the last minute change

One of the “tweets” announcing the last minute change

The contract for these two council-subsidised services is understood not to be due to expire until 2018. It’s therefore not clear why the last-minute change has been made necessary.

It’s a change which has not yet percolated through to the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s website. Timetables for both the services are also still being displayed on the Watts Coaches company website.

The  announcement that NAT was going to be operating the 89a and 89b from tomorrow (February 22nd  2016) seems to have come as a surprise not only to passengers – but to NAT itself  .

NAT was the company which caused a stir last year by displaying allegedly sexist adverts on their buses

NAT was the company which caused a stir last year by displaying allegedly sexist adverts on their buses

NAT’s Controller in Cardiff said this morning  she knew nothing about the change –  but after checking with the firm’s managing director it was  later confirmed that the change WILL be taking place as from tomorrow morning.

Insiders say that if a bus company relinquishes a service then six days’ notice has to be be given to enable other companies to tender for the contract – but local bus operators say no such tender documentation has been circulated in respect of the 89a and 89b Penarth services .

The 89a operates from Dinas Powys via Penarth Town Centre to Cardiff via Penarth Marina and the 89b operates from Llandough via Penarth Esplanade and Penarth Town Centre to Cardiff  – also via the Marina.

One report says Watts Coaches withdrew service at short notice – but PDN has not been able to verify this yet and no one was available for comment at Watts Coaches today.

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9 Responses to CONFUSION ON THE BUSES AS VALE COUNCIL SWAPS OPERATORS

  1. AK says:

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  2. Martin Coffee says:

    I’ve used both NAT’s coach charter and bus services occasionally, the former as recently at the small hours of this morning. They’ve always struck me as a well run organisation with courteous and helpful drivers.

    I’m sure they’ll provide the same excellent service as previously provided by Watts.

  3. Max Wallis says:

    We’d expect far better service than Watts, with their old, badly-sprung boneshakers. A new bus-stop should be added in Cogan (Leisure Centre and Rail Station). Bus-stops on Ferry Road are badly sited for the shops and the route to Custom House St causes huge congestion delays, so why not change to a terminus in Wood Street ?

  4. Martin gossage says:

    You wait for one bus operater and two arrive at once!!

  5. A Jones says:

    Operators have to give 56 days notice not 6.If however Watts are using NAT as a sub-contractor that is OK.

  6. Colin says:

    Is that chap on the back of the bus holding a big post-it note???

  7. disco dai says:

    So first day with NAT and they put on much smaller busses than Watts. So they couldn’t cater for the morning demand so anyone who catches the bus between Redlands road and the schools are left out in the cold. Their response was ” we will check the morning demand over the next few weeks” well it doesn’t take a genius to work out that if it’s the school run then it will be that busy every morning.

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