EIGHT bus service routes across Pembrokeshire are facing cuts despite council recognition that it will “impact negatively on service users.”

The changes to bus services are considered “necessary in order to achieve the required efficiency savings for the forthcoming financial year,” a report to cabinet states.

Cabinet members are recommended to approve the changes which include scrapping Good Friday services, shortening the summer period for the coastal bus services and reducing the winter services to once a week.

Other changes include starting the 342 St Davids – Croesgoch – Haverfordwest service in Croesgoch and reducing to a Friday only service, with alternatives available.

The Marloes to Haverfordwest service will no longer run on a Saturday, its least popular day, but continue in the week and the timetable for the Pembroke Dock services to Tenby and Kilgetty will be altered.

There will be an increase in service on the Haverfordwest to Fishguard route, via Solva and St Davids as part of the TrawsCymru Service, part funded by Welsh Government, but diversions into Llangloffan and Castlemorris will be removed.

A public consultation was held late last year about the county’s bus service and its users with 1,208 people responding.

Forty-two per cent – 504 people – said they used public transport to get to work and this must be considered when making future proposals.

“The routes affected are those which have the highest cost per passenger

and are generally the least used services,” adds the report, due for discussion on March 11.