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First ever Newham bus service set to be tested

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 19, 2014

By Chris Matthews

Inaugurating the new service are, from left, Newham BID manager Alison Elvey, Ryan Watts and Dave Russell from Fal River Buses and BID manager Peter Beaumont.

Inaugurating the new service are, from left, Newham BID manager Alison Elvey, Ryan Watts and Dave Russell from Fal River Buses and BID manager Peter Beaumont.

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A NEW bus route in Truro is to be piloted with the possibility of making it a permanent service.

The service will be the first ever to call at Newham, and the test scheme will begin on January 27.

Newham Business Improvement District (BID) has joined forces with Fal River Buses to provide the link with Lemon Quay and Truro train station.

Newham BID manager Alison Elvey said: "This initial three-month pilot, financially supported by the BID, will hopefully lead to a more extensive bus schedule providing more services throughout the day.

"The BID is in the initial stages of developing a sustainable transport scheme for the area, of which a bus service is a key part."

Newham is home to more than 100 businesses which together employ about 1,000 people.

Peter Beaumont, chairman of Newham BID, said: "We've highlighted the need for public transport provision in the area, so it's good news we've been able to deliver a bus service within the first four months of being operational.

"The expansion of the pilot will be dependent on the take-up of the service, and ultimately it's intended to set up a commercially viable bus route into and out of Newham."

The bus will operate Monday to Friday, leaving Truro railway station at 7.30am and arriving at Newham at 7.45am, later collecting passengers at 5.15pm and arriving at the station at 5.30pm. Another bus will also run at lunchtimes.

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