Ferry firm rides to the rescue of lost bus services
A FERRY company has stepped in to provide replacement bus services in Truro and is seeking help from the community.
The 83 service from Truro to Malpas and the 84 service between Truro, Rosedale and Redannick have been cut by First Group with the last buses running last Saturday.
However, Tim Light, managing director of Cornwall Ferries Ltd and the King Harry Ferry, has bought a bus to ensure the routes survive.
Calling on passengers to use his service, he said: "Truro's bus services provide a vital link between the city and its outlying housing areas.
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"While understanding the reasons why First surrendered the routes, we hope that we might be able to increase passenger numbers and reduce operating costs to provide a sustainable service.
"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 delivering timetables to every house in their area.
"We can't pay, but will give a free day out on the Fal River with one of our Mussel Cards to all volunteers," he said.
"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."
When it abandoned the routes, First South West said they were "commercially unsustainable".
The cuts were part of a reduction in services across Cornwall by First Group and Western Greyhound blamed on a fall in council subsidy.
For more information about the new services or to volunteer contact the King Harry Ferry offices on 01872 861917.
A petition is being gathered to oppose the cuts across Cornwall. See page 16.