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Local residents left stranded after bus services axed for a second time

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 01, 2014

By Chris Matthews

Local residents left stranded after bus services axed for a second time
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PASSENGERS have again found themselves cut off following the axing of four bus routes in Falmouth and Truro.

Fal River Buses took over the 326, 327, 329 and 330 bus services in December after the First Group had stopped running them.

Tim Light, from Fal River Buses, said in a statement: "I am very sorry that we are no longer able to offer this registered commercial bus service.

"The reason for this, despite the fantastic support from many of you, our MP, Sarah Newton, Falmouth Town Council and potential support from Truro City Council, is that it is not possible for us to pay the cost of operating from the grant we receive from the national concession scheme. We have tried really hard with our wonderful staff to give you a first-class service and we very much regret that we are unable to provide you with a bus service together with employment for our great drivers and staff."

Mr Light confirmed that tomorrow will be the final day that the services will run.

Bus 329 is a circular route running from the Moor via Falmouth station, Woodlane and Gyllyngvase beach, with bus 330 connecting Falmouth town centre with Mylor and Flushing.

Bus 326 serves as a link between Truro and Malpas and 327 runs from Rosedale and Redannick to Truro's Lemon Quay.

Falmouth Town Council member Candy Atherton remains hopeful the routes can be rescued for a second time.

She said: "I'm very concerned by this news. Unfortunately the routes weren't as popular as we had hoped and although everyone involved was prepared to underwrite losses of a certain per cent, all of that allowance was eaten up.

"We are looking at possibly extending the route of the Falmouth Shuttle Bus and hope to provide a service again as soon as possible.

"People are reliant on public transport.

"Without it many people could become trapped in their homes, so we'll be doing everything we can to provide people with access to public transport again."

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