As well as the many school
buses operating in Powys, many people still use and often rely on
bus services for transport in 2002.
A Powys Bus Station
Kinnerton Village Hall
at home Nanny was arriving on the shuttlebus from Knighton to babysit for
our evening out.
- Went to
Crickhowell to catch the 10.05 bus to Abergavenny.
- We duly
went to get the bus from outside Kinnerton village hall, but the time-table
for the buses seems to have been changed since we last did this walk.
For one village
resident, the lack of buses creates great difficulties.
- Only once a
week do we get a bus in our village of Cwmdu, arriving from Builth Wells it
arrives around ¼ to ¼ past ten going to Abergavenny which is
ten miles from here, calling on the way around the small villages of Llanbedr
and Llangenny, arriving at Abergavenny about 10.30. Starts back at 1.45 leaving
us just a couple of hours to get to Bank, Post Office and shopping. Our nearest
shop from Cwmdu is 4 ½ miles away at Crickhowell but we get no bus
there at all. That was finished about 3 years ago. Now, if I have to get to
surgery and health centre to visit Doctor I've either got to cadge a
lift or pay £5.25 one way for a taxi. I can remember three buses travelling
to Crickhowell on a Thursday in the 40s, 50s and 60s. What a difference. We
had a grocer calling, butcher and baker twice a week. Our shop and Post Office
in Cwmdu has all gone now. We still have our village school with 50+ pupils.
What a difference in this modern age. I have to carry all my shopping now.
More on the decline in rural services can be seen here.
Sometimes long distance coach or bus services are used.
- This morning my Uncle
George died. Organised bus travel to North of Scotland to go to funeral next
week . . . Bus return fare will cost £61.50.
Private bus or coach hire can be for recreational uses as well.
- The National trust has arranged
for a trip to Shugborough (the seat of the Earls of Lichfield) for volunteers
and staff. I am a volunteer. We get up at 7am to get ready to go to Powis
Castle for the coach . . . the coach left at 9 with some 35 people and
we arrived at Shugborough at about 10.40.