In recent years bus services have been lost in Cyncoed despite strong campaigns by the area's local Liberal Democrat councillors Bablin Molik and Robert Hopkins.
Two years ago Cardiff Council stepped in to subsidise the current 51/53 bus service operated by Cardiff Bus which connects Rhydypenau Road in Cyncoed to the Heath Hospital, as well as to the city centre via Pentwyn and Roath. Unfortunately, the Labour-run council didn't act at the same time to save the buses serving Lake Road West and Celyn Avenue, although other bus services continue to run along Lake Road East, Lakeside Drive and Cyncoed Road.
When Cardiff Council agreed in 2019 to introduce the subsidy for the 51/53, the intention was that it would be in place for two years. No formal decision has since been taken that this subsidy will continue, however.
Although bus services have currently been reduced due to the pandemic, we want to ensure that full services can return to Cyncoed once again as we come out of lockdown later in the year. We believe that bus services are vital for our local communities and provide independence to many of our residents, including the many elderly people who live in Cyncoed.
As the council moves to set its budget for the coming year from April onwards, we have therefore launched a petition urging the ruling Labour councillors to ensure they continue to take action to keep bus services running in the Cyncoed area. If you agree with us, please back our campaign by signing the petition below.
The local Liberal Democrat team in in Cyncoed – Councillor Bablin Molik, Councillor Robert Hopkins and Senedd candidate Rodney Berman – also want to see the Senedd pass a new law which would help preserve local bus services in the future by giving local authorities more power to determine where bus services need to run.
I/we, the undersigned, call on Cardiff Council to continue to take action to ensure that buses continue to serve Cyncoed so that bus services to the area can be fully restored once we emerge from the current lockdown.