Anger on the buses over Falmouth cuts

Anger on the buses over Falmouth cuts

Anger on the buses over Falmouth cuts

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Residents angry at cuts to bus services in Falmouth vented their frustrations at the town council's drop-in surgery on Friday.

Over the three hours, at least two dozen people attended and raised their concerns over the decision by bus company the First Group to make changes to a number of services.

The changes, which came into force this week, affect the 83, 84, 88/88A/88B services while a new service, U1, has been introduced and runs between the university campuses in Falmouth and Penryn.

Not all students are happy with the changes, though. Patricia Thornton and Susan Gibson study at Tremough, but live at the Maritime Studios in Pendennis Rise and will now have to pick up the bus at Woodlane.

“It is not a huge difference, but it is if you are carrying things,” said Patricia. “Also, the Falmouth Hotel regularly has lots of visitors who use the buses, but now there isn't one.”

Angela Wright, who attended to represent some of the elderly people who live along Cliff Road and will be affected, said: “They cannot afford taxis into town and are not mobile enough to get in in any other way,” she said.

Town clerk, Mark Williams told residents that town and county councillor, Candy Atherton is on the case and is hoping to arrange a meeting with representatives from First.

He said: “We, as a town council expected to have been consulted on this. There may be a need to reduce the commercial services, but is there a compromise?

“As a town council we are looking to see if there is a solution. What the town council cannot do is subsidise a commercial bus service, but we can look at our shuttle bus service although we cannot do that until April as we don't have the budget until then.

“There are some difficult decisions for the council to make over the next couple of months over its budget for next year.”

Councillor Diana Merrett said: “It is a big on-going problem that we are trying to deal with so please bear with us.”

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4:12pm Wed 2 Oct 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Where did the Packet get that picture of the bus from I wonder, the bus looks incredibly clean!!!!! It has a Yorkshire/Leeds registration, are First buses washed up there and not in Cornwall.
Where did the Packet get that picture of the bus from I wonder, the bus looks incredibly clean!!!!! It has a Yorkshire/Leeds registration, are First buses washed up there and not in Cornwall. Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 16

5:25pm Wed 2 Oct 13

Toffer99 says...

Its a private company, and has to make money for its shareholders and executives, and the hell with the public. Say thank you to the Conservative Party, it was their idea, courtesy of Mrs Thatcher.. And while you're at it say thanks for the cheap as chips products and services of South West Water, Privatised railways, British Gas, British Telecom, British Airways and others.
Just don't complain about the ripoffs and vote for the Tories next time.
Its a private company, and has to make money for its shareholders and executives, and the hell with the public. Say thank you to the Conservative Party, it was their idea, courtesy of Mrs Thatcher.. And while you're at it say thanks for the cheap as chips products and services of South West Water, Privatised railways, British Gas, British Telecom, British Airways and others. Just don't complain about the ripoffs and vote for the Tories next time. Toffer99
  • Score: 10

6:46pm Wed 2 Oct 13

rwarwicker says...

Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
Where did the Packet get that picture of the bus from I wonder, the bus looks incredibly clean!!!!! It has a Yorkshire/Leeds registration, are First buses washed up there and not in Cornwall.
The pictured bus belongs to First Bradford, A Google search for the registration brings up this picture numerous times so I'm guessing it is a media stock photo they have licence to use.
[quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: Where did the Packet get that picture of the bus from I wonder, the bus looks incredibly clean!!!!! It has a Yorkshire/Leeds registration, are First buses washed up there and not in Cornwall.[/p][/quote]The pictured bus belongs to First Bradford, A Google search for the registration brings up this picture numerous times so I'm guessing it is a media stock photo they have licence to use. rwarwicker
  • Score: 16

8:40pm Wed 2 Oct 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

rwarwicker wrote:
Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
Where did the Packet get that picture of the bus from I wonder, the bus looks incredibly clean!!!!! It has a Yorkshire/Leeds registration, are First buses washed up there and not in Cornwall.
The pictured bus belongs to First Bradford, A Google search for the registration brings up this picture numerous times so I'm guessing it is a media stock photo they have licence to use.
Oh right thank you, it might have been more representative of some local routes, if they had pictured a double deck, filthy bus about twenty years old.
[quote][p][bold]rwarwicker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: Where did the Packet get that picture of the bus from I wonder, the bus looks incredibly clean!!!!! It has a Yorkshire/Leeds registration, are First buses washed up there and not in Cornwall.[/p][/quote]The pictured bus belongs to First Bradford, A Google search for the registration brings up this picture numerous times so I'm guessing it is a media stock photo they have licence to use.[/p][/quote]Oh right thank you, it might have been more representative of some local routes, if they had pictured a double deck, filthy bus about twenty years old. Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 15

12:14am Fri 4 Oct 13

molesworth says...

rwarwicker wrote:
Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote: Where did the Packet get that picture of the bus from I wonder, the bus looks incredibly clean!!!!! It has a Yorkshire/Leeds registration, are First buses washed up there and not in Cornwall.
The pictured bus belongs to First Bradford, A Google search for the registration brings up this picture numerous times so I'm guessing it is a media stock photo they have licence to use.
May one respectfully suggest you get out more? Maybe not on a local bus though...
[quote][p][bold]rwarwicker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: Where did the Packet get that picture of the bus from I wonder, the bus looks incredibly clean!!!!! It has a Yorkshire/Leeds registration, are First buses washed up there and not in Cornwall.[/p][/quote]The pictured bus belongs to First Bradford, A Google search for the registration brings up this picture numerous times so I'm guessing it is a media stock photo they have licence to use.[/p][/quote]May one respectfully suggest you get out more? Maybe not on a local bus though... molesworth
  • Score: 1

10:56am Fri 4 Oct 13

Teejay says...

Gill you're so right about our filthy buses.
How the Police or VOSA don't take action against First is a mystery.
The months of accumulated grime often means lights and number plates are impossible to see. The drivers are responsible for checking that their vehicles are roadworthy. Clearly some of the buses aren't complying with the regulations.
No doubt the U1 will be a brand new, clean and fully accessible bus.
Gill you're so right about our filthy buses. How the Police or VOSA don't take action against First is a mystery. The months of accumulated grime often means lights and number plates are impossible to see. The drivers are responsible for checking that their vehicles are roadworthy. Clearly some of the buses aren't complying with the regulations. No doubt the U1 will be a brand new, clean and fully accessible bus. Teejay
  • Score: 19

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