Thursday, 7 October 2010

Truro Cuts

First Devon & Cornwall's cutting and consolidation of routes has extended to some more former Truronian services in Truro. After the withdrawal of route 7 in Plymouth was announced, with changes made to routes 84/86 to compensate for this, three further routes have been cut in Truro.

The routes being withdrawn by FDC, due to cuts in Cornwall County Council's funding, are the 93/94/95 Truro City Services. The 93 operates between Truro and Feock, formerly the T16 with Truronian, illustrated to the left. Solo YK05CDN is now 53826 following the First take over. The 94 is a bi-hourly service connecting Truro city centre and rail station with Carrine Rd, and the 95 is again a bi-hourly service connecting Truro city centre with Tregurra.

I am no expert on the workings of FDC, but I think the 3 services contribute to a one-bus working throughout the day. FDC obviously consider the costs to outweigh the benefits of running the service, following the withrawal of council funding. I am not one to criticise bus companies - they do a fantastic job in the economic climate and would extend their services if they made more money - but the withdrawal of the 93/94/95 seem to illustrate a case of "if you don't use it, you may lose it". It appears the services are to be picked up by another operator or a dial-a-bus system (For further information on replacement services please contact CCC), but is a shame that First are one further bus fewer and three further services fewer in Devon & Cornwall.

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