A BUS service around Falmouth taken over by a ferry operator after First Bus abandoned it has been hailed as a lifeline by its passengers.
Fal River Cornwall stepped in to run the 329 Falmouth Town service after First pulled out and says it has been overwhelmed by the support it has received from travellers.
The service, which started at the beginning of November, runs from and to The Moor via Falmouth Town station, Woodlane and Gyllyngvase Beach.
Pensioner Janet Mitchell, a regular passenger, said: "I think it's wonderful that Fal River Buses have taken on the route.
"I told the driver he was making loads of old ladies in Falmouth very happy."
Mrs Mitchell said the service was a lifeline to many people in the town.
"Living at the top of Old Hill, I use the service at least three times a week to get into town and also to pop over to Gyllyngvase," she said.
"Without it, walking back up from town with shopping would be really difficult.
"People are always complaining about car parking in the town but without these buses it would be much worse."
Tim Light, managing director of Fal River Cornwall, said: "We're really delighted that the service has been well received.
"We should care more about the elderly in our society. Many of them aren't car drivers and the bus offers their only opportunity to get about."
Mr Light thanked Falmouth Town Council for its support in getting the service started.
Local businesses are also being offered the opportunity to advertise on the bus.
For more information about the 329 Falmouth Town service and timetable see the website www.falriver.co.uk/329