More rural bus cuts on the way in Cornwall?

Falmouth Packet: More rural bus cuts on the way in Cornwall? More rural bus cuts on the way in Cornwall?

While Cornwall Council has "vowed" to retain as many rural bus services as it can, more cuts could be on the way.

The authority says it has "reached a decision on the recent round of tenders for supporting local bus services across Cornwall", adding that "despite facing pressure on many of its budgets, has vowed to retain as many as possible".

Although the formal notification of award of the numerous contracts will not be sent to the bus service providers until next week, the Council says it is confident that the outcome will be "positively received" by service users and providers.

Bert Biscoe, the council’s cabinet member for transport and waste, said: “Costs have risen significantly but we are determined to retain a rural bus network across Cornwall. We know that bus services provide a lifeline for many communities and we want, as I’m sure our bus passengers do, to bring stability to the bus network.”

 “Despite these additional costs we are determined to maintain the bus network” added Bert Biscoe. “The Council hopes that bus companies will work with us to create a sustainable public transport network for Cornwall.”

The cost of transport is rising so the Council will need to keep the network under review. Councillor Biscoe said, “The Council cannot continue to fund services that are not used and the message to all has to be ‘use it or lose it’.

The council adds it has listened to comments from bus users and town and parish councils and has designed a network which "better utilises buses" to enable the council to support "a similar level of service to that currently enjoyed".

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4:08pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

They have already cut the Lizard route to once every two hours, a retrograde move of about thirty years, with additional cuts at certain times of the day and evening, and for the council to say "use it or lose it" is ridiculous because it was being used. The council failed to listen to residents and Western Greyhound, who were happy with the original service, and awarded the contract to 'First,' and despite the best will of the drivers, the service has never been comparable, I suggest in large part this is due to the condition and age of the buses which appear prone to mechanical failure.
When the council have spent thousands of pounds on new offices in Bodmin, I only hope those Councillors that do not seem to be able to get the priorities right for the residents of Cornwall, fail to be voted back in at the next council election and do not get to use the Bodmin offices. If the claim of the council that the new offices will save money then surely the council can release figures as to exactly how much will be saved, and which services will be invested in or protected, with the use of the savings. Maybe a good start would be Helston Community College.
They have already cut the Lizard route to once every two hours, a retrograde move of about thirty years, with additional cuts at certain times of the day and evening, and for the council to say "use it or lose it" is ridiculous because it was being used. The council failed to listen to residents and Western Greyhound, who were happy with the original service, and awarded the contract to 'First,' and despite the best will of the drivers, the service has never been comparable, I suggest in large part this is due to the condition and age of the buses which appear prone to mechanical failure. When the council have spent thousands of pounds on new offices in Bodmin, I only hope those Councillors that do not seem to be able to get the priorities right for the residents of Cornwall, fail to be voted back in at the next council election and do not get to use the Bodmin offices. If the claim of the council that the new offices will save money then surely the council can release figures as to exactly how much will be saved, and which services will be invested in or protected, with the use of the savings. Maybe a good start would be Helston Community College. Gillian R.Z. Martin
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