More bus services cut as union warns of domino effect
A major bus service provider has announced it will axe of a string of routes in Cornwall from Sunday.
First Group says it has been forced to withdraw two Truro city services as they are "commercially unsustainable".
It will also make changes to other routes between the city and Falmouth, Newquay and Camborne. The changes come days after Western Greyhound announced it would withdraw a number of services in the Duchy and follow proposals to scrap other services in Devon two months ago.
The RMT has promised to fight the "savage cuts" by the two major providers of services in Cornwall.
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Alex Carter, director for First South West, said: "We are making a number of changes to our bus routes in Cornwall from the end of September.
"We are also altering a number of other services within Cornwall, and regrettably we are having to withdraw two Truro city services completely. We never take decisions like this lightly, but these services have underperformed for a number of years and despite our efforts to resolve this they remain commercially unsustainable."
The latest changes come after it announced in July plans to stop running bus services in North Devon and close its Barnstaple deptot.
RMT says the moves may lead to a "domino effect" on other services across the region. Bob Crow, general secretary, said such "savage cuts" could "open the floodgates to an all-out attack which would decimate lifeline services across whole communities."
First Group said it will also revise routes serving Falmouth University and the University of Exeter at their shared campus in Penryn, and Falmouth University's campus in Falmouth.