Bus users are being asked to give their reaction to a proposed new service for Falmouth which is being suggested in response to the drastic cuts announced by First.
Falmouth Town Council has been working with Tim Light from Fal River Buses to come up with a replacement service to cater for residents who feel they have been abandoned by the bigger bus company.
A new bus has already been bought for the new Falmouth circular, the 329, a proposed timetable has been drawn up and Mr Light is now waiting for feedback from potential passengers as to whether they support the proposed route and times.
The route has stops at The Moor, Prince of Wales Pier, Earles Retreat, Falmouth University at Woodlane, Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth Town Station, the Maritime Museum, Falmouth Hotel, Pendennis Castle, Ships and Castles and Cliff Road with services running from 8am until about 5.40pm.
Councillor Candy Atherton, chair of the town council’s finance committee, said: “The council has been contacted by dozens of people upset and concerned about the loss of buses around the town.
“Many have been left trapped in their homes, unable to get out to work, to shop or get out at all. People across the community have been affected and as a town council we have been talking about the new route with Tim Light.
“Falmouth Town Council will do all it can to assist him in introducing this new service, hopefully next month, but we need to know that people support the timetable and route.”
To see the proposed new timetable visit The Packet website, www.thepacket.co.uk and comments can then be emailed to Mr Light at email@example.com or dropped into the Fal River Visitor Information Centre on Prince of Wales Pier.
In the same week Mr Light’s proposals were announced, details of further changes in bus routes in and around Falmouth and Penryn were revealed by Cornwall Council. These follow discussions between the council and bus companies and will come into force on November 3.
Councillor Bert Biscoe, portfolio holder for highways and transport, said: “Recently a storm has blown up about bus services. The council’s staff and bus operators have worked together to come up with a revised network which, while somewhat reduced, does ensure that those who need buses can get buses.
“It has been a complex and pressurised situation and I am very grateful to all those who have contributed brains, time and effort.”
The revised services include: 67/68/68A/68B: these Falmouth town services will be replaced by new services.
68/69/69A, now wholly supported by Cornwall Council and including some facilities provided by current service 400 which is withdrawn: 68: an hourly service, on Monday to Saturday daytime from Falmouth Moor and either via Swanvale or Swanpool and Pennance Mill to Golden Bank, Swans Reach, Longfield, Swanvale returning to the Moor.
68A: an hourly service, on Monday to Saturday daytime, from Falmouth Moor via Trescobeas and Conway Road to Budock Water and then via current 35 route to Mawnan Smith and Helford Passage.
69: new service in part replacing service 400 between Mylor Bridge/Flushing and Falmouth operating via Old Hill.
69A: new service in part replacing service 67 between Mabe, Penryn ASDA and Falmouth operating via Greenwood Road and Old Hill.
For full details of the new routes visit www.travelinesw.com or call 0871 2002233.