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Bus fares in Cornwall are about to get cheaper

Bus fares in Cornwall are about to get cheaper

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:46pm 1st October 2019.

Bus fares in Cornwall are about to get cheaper, as part of a new pilot project.

The government is promising to bring down the prices in the Duchy from May next year.

It comes after public transport in Cornwall received a big boost with the Chancellor's promise of a £23.5m funding package over the next four years.

That will go towards a "Reduced Bus Fares" pilot to support the Council's commitment to improving bus and rail for its residents. 

Cornwall is the first rural area to be given the opportunity to run and fund a pilot scheme like this one, to help bring down the cost of travelling by bus.  

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"One of the issues for our residents is the cost of using buses to get around.  So we put forward a case to the Department for Transport to help us encourage people to use the buses by reducing bus fares.  

"If more people use the buses, then the plan is that over the four years of the pilot project, the lower cost of fares becomes financially sustainable.  More journeys by bus means more fares being paid which means keeping fares down.

"We know that good public transport is important to our residents to connect communities for work, education and socialising. Promoting and providing affordable public transport is also important in tackling climate change and getting cars off the road.  

"That's why improving public transport in Cornwall is a priority for this Council. We've already seen public transport passenger numbers in the south west growing faster than anywhere else in the UK.  Last year, 19.2 million journeys were made on public transport in Cornwall." 

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown

As part of the pilot, all travel in towns will be capped to £1 all day, as well as significant reductions for long distance trips which again would be capped at a maximum of £6 a day irrespective of the number of journeys made.

The Council says that encouraging more residents to use public transport rather than using the car supports the Council's determination to tackle the Climate Change Emergency by helping to reduce emission levels. 

Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, supported the bid to the Department for Transport.

"This investment will help existing bus service users and will enable more people to afford to access education, employment and social activities. 

"It encourages more people to switch to public transport. We have new, low emission buses and with this government subsidy lower fares, so I hope many more people will use them. 

"Switching from cars saves money, helps tackle climate change, and improves the air quality of our natural environment."

Sarah Newton, MP for Falmouth and Truro

Cornwall Council signed a Devolution Deal with Government in 2015 to deliver a cost-effective customer focussed integrated public transport system.

The resulting One Public Transport System for Cornwall project is delivering upon its objectives to improve public transport.  

It has seen the introduction of new buses, improved roadside shelters, bus and rail station infrastructure and digital timetable information. Cornwall Council is also the first rural authority to introduce contactless payments on buses.  

The pilot will run for four years from May 2020. 

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