First Cymru has ordered its drivers not to stop at a bus station in Swansea at night following “repeated incidents” of nuisance and anti-social behaviour by youngsters.
The bus company’s services will now not stop at Gorseinon bus station after 6.30pm to protect the “safety of its staff and bus passengers”. It comes after reported incidents of a bus driver getting attacked and of youngsters lifting the back of a bus and causing damage to one of the vehicle’s engines.
First has said it is in “dialogue with police” over the matter, which has resulted in services 16, 110, and 111 not stopping at the station in the evening from Friday, September 17, onwards.
A spokesman for First Cymru said: “The safety of First Cymru staff and our bus passengers is an absolute priority and we reserve the right to change routes or withdraw services from areas where it is not possible to operate safely.
“Following repeated incidents of nuisance and anti-social behaviour by youths the company has decided to not stop at Gorseinon bus station after 6.30pm in the interest of safety of staff and passengers. Drivers are instructed to stop prior or after the bus station should customers want to board or alight.
“We will be monitoring the situation closely and hope to resume normal operations as soon as soon as possible. The company is in dialogue with the police.”
Gower MP Tonia Antoniazzi said she was “deeply disappointed”. She said: “I’ve received confirmation from First Cymru that from today the 110, 111 and 16 services will not be stopping in Gorseinon bus station after 6.30 pm due to continued anti-social behaviour.
“It’s deeply disappointing First Cymru have had to take this step to protect the safety of employees and passengers.
“My team and I have been working with representatives from South Wales Police to ask they liaise with First Cymru to resolve the situation as soon as possible so busses can resume service from the bus station.”
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