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Village bus route replaces former dial-a-ride service

By West Briton  |  Posted: July 05, 2012

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A NEW bus service has been introduced for local villages.

Cornwall Council is behind the new service linking villages in east Lizard and Helston.

It is operated by Constantine-based company OTS Minibus and Coach Hire and began on Monday.

It serves the villages of Porthallow and Mawgan, as well as the hamlets of Coverack Bridges, Trannack and Lowertown.

It replaces the former dial-a-ride service which was operated by West Cornwall Community Wheels until March this year.

Councillor Graeme Hicks, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for transportation, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to find a solution for communities in east Lizard.

"Our passenger transport unit has done a fantastic job over the past few months helping people who were affected by the ending of the dial-a-ride service and I'm pleased that a weekday service has been reinstated.

"It is vital we are able to retain these links for local communities."

In January, the council reaffirmed its commitment to Cornwall's bus services despite a substantial cut in government funding.

The Cabinet's decision safeguarded some 90 supported bus routes throughout the county.

The former dial-a-ride service in the area ended suddenly in the spring leaving some residents of the affected areas worried that they might be stranded without public transport.

For timetable and route inquiries, call OTS on 01326 378100 or you can visit the Helston-East Lizard Link section of the OTS website www.otsfalmouth.co.uk

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