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Bus users told to "use or lose" reinstated Redruth service

By WBEsme  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

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BUS users have been warned to “use or lose” newly reinstated services by a Cornwall Councillor.

Independent councillor Mark Kaczmarek has said that people in the villages around Redruth need to use the new evening and Sunday routes or bus provider First Group will retract service.

The 47 bus route was reduced last November as part of First Group’s cost cutting measures.

From Sunday June 1 the additional services will run between Troon and Truro via Camborne and Redruth between 6pm and midnight on weekdays and all day Sunday.

Its reintroduction has been hailed as a breakthrough for those living in rural villages such as Carharrack, Crofthandy and St Day who rely on public transport.

Councillor Kaczmarek said: “I have been working very closely with the bus users in the villages of St Day, Carharrack, Lanner and Gwennap parishes to get this service reinstated, the local bus users did present a petition to Cornwall Council and the First Bus Group when this service was cut without any consultation.

“This is a very important service for rural communities and this now means that people will be able to catch a bus to and from their village after 6pm on week days and on a Sunday, however there is a real risk that if this service does not get the patronage needed to sustain it then First Group will again reduce the time table again.

“Their message is very clear they have listened to the public on this and have responded in a positive manner so if the people want this service to continue then it is use it or lose it.”

Alex Carter, managing director of First South West, said: “We are pleased to have retained almost all our local bus service contracts with Cornwall Council.

“Working closely together, we have also been able to add value for the Council and travelling public by making available additional services at our risk and cost.”

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  • dmh872  |  May 22 2014, 2:29PM

    I'd use the service more if the fares were no so high! £4.50 from Illogan to Pool return? Ridiculous.

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  • lovepubs  |  May 21 2014, 6:28PM

    I give it six months :(

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