The bus service through Devauden has been reprieved but the threat of to route 65 remains.

According to press reports Monmouthshire County Council proposed to withdraw the bus service that connects Devauden, Itton, Trellech and Llanishen to Chepstow and Monmouth at the end of July 2018.   Following an assessment the council decided to "suspend" the implementation of the cut.  A wider review of public bus services is being undertaken so the threat to route 65 remains.

The low numbers of passengers using the route suggest the service "may not be the most profitable venture" and our Member of Parliament has said that "it will come down to numbers". Those attempts to justify the withdrawal of the service ignore the social impact that the loss of a local bus service is known to have. The implications for rural communities like ours can be huge. It can cut people off from jobs and education, damage local shops and businesses, afect the physical health and mental well-being of those who rely on the service.

Many residents rely on the 65 bus service as their only affordable means of transport to and from Devauden and if the bus service is withdrawn then it will have a devastating impact on their quality of life. The loss of our bus service will have implications for many of us but elderly members of our community, in particular, will be disadvantaged by this proposal. Young people, especially sixth form students, will also lose out.

County Councillor Dimitri Batrouni opposes the plans and has called for the bus service to be retained. He commented "Devauden should not have its bus service withdrawn. It is a life-line for many people who do not have access to a car. Withdrawing this service effectively means some residents will be trapped, unable to get to supermarkets or other day to day services. We must retain a bus service for the well-being of local residents."

If you share our concerns about the effect that cuts to our local bus service will have on our community then please raise the issue with Devauden's County Councillor, Bob Greenland. His contact details are:

Phone: 01291 650231

Mobile: 07500 951778

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