Pirate FM News

Bus Route Fears as Budget Cut

greyhound bus2

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:03am 1st December 2011

There are fresh fears for the future of Cornish bus routes.

It is after the council cut £3.5m from its transport budget.

Opponents say routes in north Cornwall and other rural services are most vulnerable.

Alex Folkes, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said, "Cornwall Council seems to regard a bus as invisible as soon as it crosses the border into Devon. So a bus linking with Treliske Hospital gets marks on their scoring system. A bus linking with Derriford or Devon and Exeter does not despite the fact that these are the local hospitals for some Cornish residents. This puts buses that link with Devon at much more risk of the chop.

"When officers ran a sample range of bus routes through the calculations rural services scored lowest and services in North Cornwall were particularly vulnerable. Liberal Democrats have argued that the needs of very rural areas need to be taken properly into account. For many people a bus is literally their only way into or out of their village - to work, to the shops or to see family and friends. We fear that the Conservative-led administration are preparing to axe many rural routes."

Council leader Alec Robertson said, “We are well on track to save the £88.5m planned for this year, £78.5 million of which has come from management and efficiency savings and not from frontline services.  While those councils which put off making difficult decisions last year by raiding their reserves are are now suffering the consequences of their actions and being forced to close much loved services such as libraries and leisure centres, we can set a budget for growth.”

Councillors also indicated that they are likely to freeze Council Tax for another year, in return for £6m from the government. A final decision will not be made on that until February.

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Suggested articles

Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar gripped by fear after spate of murders

World News: A spate of killings in the Rohingya camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border have overstretched police trying to protect almost a million refugees.

87-year-old woman tasered by US police while cutting dandelions in Georgia

World News: Police who tasered an 87-year-old grandmother while she was collecting dandelions say they did so "rather than using deadly force".

Trending in Cornwall

VIDEO: Child falls from harbour wall in St Ives

A young girl was airlifted to Treliske on Thursday

New business park planned near a Cornish village

Critics are worried about problems like traffic

Two teenagers rescued from rip on Cornish beach

They were playing football close to the water’s edge

WATCH: Sneak peek on board new high-speed trains

An Intercity service has made its debut from Cornwall

WATCH: Struggling kayakers saved off Cornwall

Trio were in danger of being swamped at Godrevy

A38 crash leaves pensioner fighting for life

It shut a stretch near Saltash for nearly five hours

Cornish fan's tribute ahead of Barry Chuckle's funeral

Comedian to be honoured at his team's stadium

The damage after a bus caught fire on the Lizard

It sent smoke billowing across the road to Mullion

Camborne surgery to shut at end of year

5,700 patients will need to find a new doctor

More news...

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall