Veolia Problems not all Bad News

(Letter to the South Wales Evening Post)

The potential loss of Veolia bus services in Gower (‘Depot doubts spark concerns for bus firm’; page 13, Wednesday 30 March) is not all bad news. There are some positive aspects.

This crisis seems to have been sparked by Veolia loosing the National Express contract, which has now been awarded to Edwards Coaches. The transfer of this important service from a French owned company to a local Welsh business should be a cause for celebration in these difficult times for the Welsh economy.

And I understand there is talk among Veolia drivers at the Treforest depot of forming a workers’ co-operative to take over the local bus service. With support from the local community, perhaps in the form of a Community Enterprise Company, I’m sure they could provide a better service more tailored to the needs of local people – particularly if Swansea Council were to continue its subsidy.

A local bus service, owned and operated by local people, would be another plus for the local economy.

Isn’t that what the ‘Big Society’ is all about?


Keith M Ross
Green Party Assembly Candidate
South Wales West Region


One response to this post.

  1. The letter was published in full in today’s Evening Post.


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