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Emergency bus timetables in place across Cornwall

Emergency bus timetables in place across Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:30am 31st March 2020. (Updated at 8:58am 31st March 2020)

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Buses in Cornwall have adopted new emergency Covid-19 routes after seeing the number of people using public transport dropping heavily.

As a result Cornwall Council and First Kernow have prioritised services which provide transport for key workers and to services such as supermarkets and hospitals.

Cornwall Council has been working with bus operators in Cornwall to ensure a service can continue to be provided with passenger numbers falling to less than 10% of the normal levels.

“The focus for our public bus services is on getting key workers to work and back home again.

“March 29 was our target to introduce an upgraded and fully integrated public transport network. But, understandably, patronage of all bus routes have fallen to an all-time low, with currently less than 10% of the normal numbers travelling. As a consequence, it is not viable and indeed prudent to operate a full public bus network.

“Instead, local bus services will be designed to help protect the NHS at this unprecedented time and to support the national government’s social distancing guidance.

“My team have been holding talks with First Kernow and Go-Ahead Cornwall over what level of bus service is to be offered – we have agreed on a ‘social need’ timetable which is an assortment of Saturday and Sunday timetable level of frequency. It’s not perfect but can be amended as we go on when we see what’s needed.

“The new timetable for the supported more rural routes run by ‘Transport for Cornwall’ was due to start on March 29 but, like the commercial services, will now also operate on a reduced service due to very low passenger numbers. The newly-planned service from south east Cornwall to Derriford (Hospital) will commence, however, as it is vital for many key workers in the NHS but again with a reduced service.”

Geoff Brown, Cabinet member for transport

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List of bus services now operating:

  • 11 – Plymouth to Bodmin Parkway with stops including Liskeard and Saltash
  • 11A – Bodmin Parkway to Padstow stops including Bodmin, Asda Bodmin, Bodmin Community Hospital, Wadebridge and Padstow Tesco
  • 12 – Plymouth to Newport including stops at Saltash, Callington, Launceston Tesco and Launceston
  • 16 – St Ives to Penzance including stops at St Ives, Penzance Sainsbury’s and Penzance
  • 21 – Newquay to St Austell including stops at St Austell Asda and St Austell Hospital
  • 22 – St Austell to Truro
  • 33 – St Keverne to Helston including stops at Helston Sainsbury’s
  • 34 – Redruth to Lizard including stops at Helston Tesco and Helston Sainsburys
  • 35 & 35A – Falmouth to Helston including stops at Falmouth Hospital, Helston Tesco and Helston Sainsbury’s
  • 36 – Truro to Gweek Quay including stops at Helston Tesco and Helston Sainsburys
  • 38 – Camborne to Helston via Praze an Beeble
  • 39 – Camborne to Helston including stops at Helston Tesco
  • 42 – Falmouth to Camborne including stops at Penryn, Penryn Asda, Pool Tesco Extra and Camborne Tesco
  • 45 – Troon to Pool including stops at Pool Tesco Extra
  • 46 – Camborne to Truro including stops at Pool Tesco Extra, Redruth Tesco
  • 47 – Camborne to Truro including stops at Pool tesco Extra, Redruth, Treliske
  • 50 – Truro to St Mawes
  • 51 – St Austell to Veryan
  • 56 – Newquay to Cornwall Airport Newquay and Padstow including stops at Padstow Tesco
  • 65 & 65A – Falmouth Town Service
  • 67 – Falmouth Circular
  • 69 & 69A – Falmouth to Mylor Bridge/Penryn Campus including stops at Penryn and Penryn Asda
  • 70A – Plymouth to Torpoint to Cremyll
  • 71 – Saltash to Liskeard including stops at Liskeard Morrisons
  • 72 – Looe Bay Holiday Park to Polperro including stop at East Looe Surgery
  • 73 – Liskeard to Polperro including stop at East Looe Surgery, East Looe and West Looe
  • 74 – Liskeard to Callington including stops at Liskeard Morrisons and Liskeard Hospital
  • 79 – Callington to Tavistock including stop at Callington Tesco
  • 85 – Newquay to Truro including stop at Newquay Morrisons
  • 93 – Newquay to Truro including stop at St Columb Road Co-op
  • 95 – St Columb Major to Bude includes stops at Wadebridge and Camelford
  • 219 – Bude to Hartland including stop at Bude Morrisons
  • 304 – Porthtowan to Truro including stop at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske
  • 315 – St Agnes to Redruth including stop at Redruth Tesco
  • 484 – Truro City Service including stop at Sainsbury’s
  • 493 – Truro to Feock
  • 494 – Truro to Treliske Circular including stops at RCH and Sainsbury’s
  • 495 – Truro to Treffry Road Circular
  • 497 – Truro to Summercourt

First Kernow services:

  • A1 – Penzance to Land’s End
  • M6 – Penzance to Mousehole
  • T1 – Penzance to Truro including stops at Hayle, Camborne, Pool and Treliske
  • T2 – St Ives to Truro including stops at Hayle, Redruth, Camborne, Pool and Treliske
  • U1 – Falmouth to Truro including stop at Penryn
  • U2 – Falmouth to Redruth including stop in Penryn
  • U4 – Penryn Campus to Penzance including stops at Helston Tesco and Porthleven
  • A17 – Pendeen to St Ives including stops at St Just and Penzance
  • 24 – Fowey to Mevagissey including stops at St Blazey, St Austell Asda and St Austell
  • 27 – Truro to Bodmin including stops at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, St Austell and Bodmin Morrisons
  • 87 – Newquay to Truro including stops at Newquay Morrisons, Perranporth, St Agnes and Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske
  • 91 – Truro to Newquay

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