I JUST had a morning from hell because of the change of the buses on what was the 33B route, now changed to 66.
Why change the number? It doesn’t make sense to me.
I was at the bus stop at Keystone Road at 8.15am for the 8.30am bus and still there at 8.45am. I had to walk 20 minutes to the bus stop at Plasmawr Road and waited 10 minutes there. It took one hour and 30 minutes to do a 20-minute journey if the 8.30am bus had turned up and that was the first bus of the day.
It will take me a few days, because of the spinal arthritis I have in all of my joints, to get over my shopping trip.
It looks as if I will have to give up doing my own shopping because I cannot get a bus to take me.
Talk about progress. I think Cardiff Bus has gone back 20 years in every way regarding the disabled and elderly.
It certainly does not consider them at all. Cardiff has really gone to the dogs – too many councillors to pay out to, never mind the people who they should be working for.
All they want is to add to their bank accounts. Never mind the people who voted them in.
Thornhill route worth trying
REGARDING the recent letters in You Say about the inconvenience of Cardiff Bus no longer travelling to Thornhill Crematorium.
I would like to point out that there is an excellent service provided by Stagecoach Bus Company, Routes A and B, to Caerphilly and beyond. These services leave Cardiff Bus Station (stand C4) every half-hour and travel via North Road, UHW, Caerphilly Road and Thornhill Road – stopping outside the crematorium.
Senior bus passes are accepted by this company. I hope passengers find this information useful.
What a ‘waste’ of money!
I AM writing to you due to my exasperation with the Cardiff council’s waste disposal department.
I am a council taxpayer, although the council has repeatedly failed
to deliver on its basic responsibilities regarding waste collection.
I put out my garden waste for collection as required last Tuesday night in readiness for the Wednesday collection. This was not collected.
I assumed I had the weeks mixed up so I put it out again this Tuesday night for Wednesday collection.
I then realised that I did not have the dates mixed up and that this waste had been ignored for no good reason.
I contacted the council’s contact centre only to initially be fobbed off by an unhelpful reply of simply to wait until next week.
On responding with my disapproval and advising I would be contacting the Echo, I was contacted by a representative to advise she had arranged for an out-of-hours team to collect the waste last night.
It is now 11.44am on Saturday, August 24, and the waste remains uncollected as per attached photo.
I think this is unacceptable and cannot understand what I pay council tax for.
We’re seeing airport growth
AFTER the spate of negative letters relating to Cardiff Airport’s bus service and artwork, and the criticism of the Welsh Government’s decision to buy the airport for £50m, I am pleased to write a letter pointing out the good news.
Figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority show that the airport’s passenger numbers increased by 6% in July compared to the same month last year. This follows 9% growth in May and 10% in June. August has also started well, with the first week recording an increase of 17% over the same week in 2012.
The airlines which showed the strongest growth were Vueling, Air Malta and Aer Lingus. The increased flights introduced by Vueling show passenger growth soaring over 2012 due to extra flights to Malaga and Alicante; flights to Barcelona also increased.
Commenting on the figures, Jon Horne, chief executive of Cardiff Airport, said: “The challenge for us is straightforward: if we bring back the choice of flights, people will choose Cardiff again and this is what is happening.
“The point has been proved by Vueling, whose capacity has increased by 97% in 2013 compared to last year and people are responding to that choice.”
That’s true. I am one of the people to have taken advantage of Vueling’s flexible flight schedule, competitive prices and generous baggage allowance of 23kg.
These results represent an encouraging trend and represent the first steps towards the goal of attracting passengers lost to Bristol and other airports back to Cardiff.
Bryan D Prescott
We welcomed Douglas Bader
REGARDING the letter by Ken Raven about the Cardiff Sea Cadet Corps (Echo, August 19).
I too have happy memories of time spent at the Penarth Road headquarters.
I joined in 1946 and continued until my call-up for National Service in 1950. My instruction in signals communication in the SCC stood me in good stead when I joined the RAF as a wireless operator (Morse Code, of course).
I well remember the band parades and on one occasion I was part of the guard of honour contingent to welcome Douglas Bader to Cardiff Castle to confer on him the freedom of the city.
We were not only allowed to take our .303 rifles home (no ammunition mind!) but also our 12-inch bayonettes with the object of keeping them spick and span for the next parade.
Thank you, Ken, for the information that the accoutrements from Penarth Road have found their way to the Christian Lightship in Cardiff Bay which is open to the public and well worth a visit. Here you can get refreshments from the galley and browse in the bookshop in the locker room below decks.
Medals: where do you stop?
VETERANS of the Arctic Convoys can now wear four medals for the same campaign: the Atlantic Star, the Arctic Star, 40th Anniversary and the Oushakov Medals.
All richly deserved, but when will this quest for bars and stars end? How long before claims are made for critical and high-loss casualty actions; for example, Pegasus Bridge, an action critical to the success of the D-Day landings, the first 12 hours of D-Day, Arnhem. SOE operatives in, say, Greece and Yugoslavia (not a campaign area before 1944)?
There is no special medal for the war in the Far East, yet the casualty rate was estimated at 70% through death and disease. It could take days on the back of a mule before a man could receive proper medical aid.
How about a medal for the civilian population of cities who suffered night after night of bombing raids?
They saw more enemy action than, say, the canteen manager in Paris who would have received four medals.
By the way, I’ve got mine and I’m quite content.