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Perranporth bus protest gathering pace

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 18, 2013

  • Angry Perranporth residents who are upset about the quality of their bus service to the village, gather at the bus stop in Beach Road. for Jason. Ref : TRGH20130813A-003_C

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MORE than 1,000 fed-up Perranporth residents have signed a petition expressing their disgust over the state of the town's bus service.

Phyllis James, who started the campaign, said she was driven to take action after a Western Greyhound bus failed to turn up.

The timetable says Western Greyhound buses should leave the town at least once an hour, for destinations all over the county, but Mrs James said the service had been "worse than a nightmare" since First and Summercourt Travel both pulled out of Perranporth at the end of last year and left Western Greyhound to serve the town on its own.

As well as the 1,200 signatures on her petition, she has also been handed 50 individual letters of complaint from Perranporth residents about the bus service.

"The current service is infrequent and inconsistent," she said. "It's beyond a joke.

"No one in the town is happy and it's got to the point where something has to be done. People are being left stranded in Truro and in some instances buses aren't turning up at all.

"It's not good enough. People who can't make it up Liskey Hill because of disabilities have to wait at the bottom for two hours."

In response to a letter, Summercourt Travel said cuts had forced it to discontinue its service, but there was a glimmer of hope from First, which said it wanted to work with Cornwall Council to re-establish its Perranporth service.

Western Greyhound managing director Mark Howarth, was unavailable for comment as the West Briton went to print, but a colleague confirmed Mr Howarth was aware of the situation.

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