Ferry company steps in to replace lost bus services
A ferry company has stepped in to provide replacement bus services in Truro and is now looking for help from the community.
The 83 service from Truro to Malpas and the 84 service between Truro, Rosedale and Redannick were cut by First Group with the last buses running last SaturdaySep28.
But Tim Light, managing director of Cornwall Ferries Ltd and the King Harry Ferry, wanted to see the services continue and bought a bus to keep the routes going.
He said: “Truro's bus services provide a vital link between the city and its outlying housing areas and, while understanding the reasons why First surrendered the routes, hope that we might be able to increase passengers numbers and reduce operating costs to provide a sustainable service.
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“So the message is clear, we will do our best to provide you with a full bus service but you must support the service or, without any state subsidy, it will close.”
Mr Light is looking for people to help with publicity by dropping off timetables to every house in their area.
He said: “We can’t pay but will give a free day out on the Fal River with one of our mussel cards to all volunteers.
“Public transport is not only a vital social service it also supports local business in the city centre without taking up valuable parking spaces or contributing to poor air quality and congestion.”
First South West said the routes were “commercially unsustainable” when it announced the cuts.
The cuts in Truro were part of a reduction in services across Cornwall by First Group and Western Greyhound.
For more information about the new services or to volunteer contact the King Harry Ferry offices on 01872 861917.