Bus route cuts reconsidered

A HUGE number of complaints about cuts to bus services between Helston and the Lizard has led officials to reconsider a controversial decision.

In this column last week, it was highlighted that three evening services had been cancelled within the new summer timetable – the 6.40pm, 7.50pm and the 10.55pm from Helston’s Tesco Superstore – with the last bus now departing at 5.30pm.

Mounting pressure from our readers and local MP Derek Thomas, along with an online campaign has caused timetable manager Cornwall Council and bus operator First Kernow to announce that the slashed services will be reconsidered. Information on passenger numbers along the bus routes will be analysed to decide on its future.

If the evidence shows that the number of customers using the route at those times are too low, it could be argued that keeping the service is not commercially or environmentally viable.

However, rather than accepting a lack of demand for the service it could be an opportunity for officials to look at the reported unreliable and expensive route and attempt to make it more attractive to commuters on the Peninsula.

Re-evaluating the cuts is a welcome and positive first step in improving the region’s public transport woes.

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