Cutting Bus Routes

Here is another issue that will have a greater impact on those living in rural areas. On Wednesdays scrutiny meeting one of the proposals is to withdraw the subsidy to certain evening and weekend  bus services. This includes 27 routes across Cornwall. Without the subsidy I very much doubt the bus company will continue to operate the services. (I would be willing to stand corrected by the bus company). I am not a member of this committee, but will be attending to air by 10 pence worth on why this is a huge mistake.

From my recent experience of using a bus left me shocked any further reductions would leave those not living in large towns with little or no service. Granted it can’t be cost effective for bus companies to use large double decker buses that they seem so keen on, instead of small ‘hopper’ type buses.  You have to ask yourself why don’t they invest in new stock and not use those tired looking double deckers. They charge enough to travel on a bus these days.

Anyway here is the list of the proposed subsidy route cuts.

  • 14/18 Truro – Redruth – Camborne – St Ives/Penzance
  • 2 Penzance – Helston
  • 5/6 Penzance – Gwavas/Mousehole
  • 10 Penzance – St Just
  • 17 Penzance – St Ives
  • 1 Penzance – Lands End (summer)
  • 34 Helston – Redruth
  • 540 Troon – Camborne – Illogan – Redruth
  • 27 Truro – St Austell
  • 41 Falmouth – Redruth – Camborne
  • 68 Falmouth Town services
  • 82/A Truro – Stithians – Helston
  • 85 Truro – St Agnes
  • 88 Truro – Falmouth
  • 521 St Austell – St Dennis – Newquay
  • 524 St Austell – Par – Fowey
  • 526 St Austell – Mevagissey
  • 529 St Austell – Roche – Bodmin
  • 550 Truro – Tregony – St Mawes (Sats)
  • 556 Newquay – Padstow
  • 587 Newquay – Perranporth – Truro
  • 597 Newquay – St Columb Major – Truro
  • 555 Padstow – Wadebridge – Bodmin – Bodmin Parkway
  • 576 Bude – Launceston – Callington – Plymouth
  • 79 Callington – Gunnislake – Tavistock (Fris and Sats)
  • 81 Plymouth – Torpoint – Millbrook – Cremyll573 Polperro – Looe
As I have previously said, cutting bus services is another one of the red-line areas that I will struggle to support. Special thanks should go to Alex Folkes (click for his blog) for obtaining the routes.


  • mrs mac

    are they talking about losing the complete service or just some of the journies? i ask cos my son cos to college in truro and i see that a proposed cut is helston to truro, so if its worse case scenario and its the 82/A can someone please tell just how on earth him and the many others will get too and from college? let alone all the workers who use the service?

  • springyrice

    In the news last week the Council said they were proposing withdrawing the the subsidy 'just' for evening and Sunday services I think.

    I am writing to the bus companies as I speak to see if they can tell me what level of service they can offer if these cuts comes to pass. I shall let you know what they say. I should think they would still run evening/weekend services on those routes that serve the two UCF campuses (First's 88, 41 and 68). I work at Tremough and I know how heavily used they are!

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