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Fowey Town Bus saved

By CGGayle  |  Posted: January 26, 2014

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Fowey Town Bus is saved

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Fowey residents campaigning to save the Town Bus are celebrating after a deal was struck with the bus operators and Cornwall Council.

Following concerns the local authority would reclassify the service as a tourist bus, meaning pensioners and people with disabilities would no longer be entitled to subsidised bus fares, locals rallied together in a bid to save the "essential service".

Following a meeting between Julie Yeo, who has run the service for the past 8 years, and David Edwards, the leader of the Passenger Transport Unit at Cornwall Council, an agreement has now been reached.

As of April 1 the Town Bus will operate two separate services in Fowey.

The first will be a non-subsidised tourist bus which will take passengers from Hanson Drive Car Park to the town centre.

The second service will run between residential areas and the town and will be subsidised by the council, which means senior citizens and disabled people with a bus pass will pay cheaper fares.

Sinead Hanks of Love Fowey, who established the campaign to save the bus, thanked everyone who had rallied together to support the campaign.

On the Love Fowey website she said: “We’d like to thank all the people who helped with the campaign including all the supporters from the town, those who took the time to write to Cornwall Council and our 475 people who liked us on Facebook

“And especially Tourist Information’s Lynn Gould for getting the ball rolling, local resident Ann Munford for rallying troops and organising meetings, Steve Double for taking the time to come to Fowey and suggest ways to help, as well as Bert Biscoe from Cornwall Council who dealt with our concerns.

“It’s a great result for the town, for Julie Yeo and for all the residents who rely on the bus.”

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  • JeremyBadger  |  January 27 2014, 4:35PM

    This decision does not help the elderly and infirm residents of the surrounding districts who come to Fowey to do their shopping, are they now going to park in residential streets using their "Blue Badges" instead of paying and parking in the Hanson Drive Car Park. Now instead of paying for parking and then having a free bus ride they will now park on the roads for nothing and then use their free bus pass into town. CRAZY!

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