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Councillor's fury at Falmouth bus cuts
11:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Cornwall
Cornwall and Falmouth Town Councillor Candy Atherton has reacted with anger after learning that First Buses plan to chop bus services across Falmouth.
“I have been hearing rumours recently of cuts to our bus services in Falmouth and have been chasing First. They have now confirmed that from the end of September Nos 41 and 88 will cease to serve around the town. The services will come from Camborne and Truro respectively but no longer collect people from around the town.
“The bus operator claims less than a 100 people use the services, something I find hard to believe, while costing £200,000 to run.
“I am appalled that First have not told the Town Council or ensured that people knew what was happening. Perhaps they knew the upset this would cause! I also hear they plan to axe the town services from November of the 67/68 and 68A.
“I have already been contacted by local people who have heard the rumours and are worried and concerned about how they will cope. Many people in the town rely on buses to get around and the option of driving is not available to them.
“Older people and those without a car will struggle and we will end up with more cars parked on our already congested roads as people are forced to get a car. This will trap people in their homes. This is bad news for Falmouth and I call on First to reconsider before the services are withdrawn.
“Make your voice heard and ensure that First understand just how their decisions will impact on many in the town”.
Falmouth Town Councillor Brod Ross said “I am disgusted and appalled at this situation and by the lack of consultation by First. So many people in the town depend on these services, particularly the elderly and disabled”.
The services are not publicly funded by Cornwall Council and the changes are a commercial decision over which neither Cornwall or Falmouth Town Councils has no control.
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