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Mebyon Kernow Councillor calls for real dialogue over future bus services for Cornish village
Mebyon Kernow Councillor Andrew Long has urged both First Western National and the new Plymouth Citybus franchise to think again and re-connect the services through St Dominick, in South East Cornwall, which has been effectively cut off from public transport for the last six months.

Cllr Long, who is the Callington member on Cornwall Council and the party’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for South East Cornwall, has written to both organisations asking for an urgent meeting to try and come to a solution.

“In previous years, St Dominick was well served both on the 76 First route and the 576 operated by Western Greyhound.  However now we are left with the situation that only one bus a day goes south through the village, in the early morning, and one back in the evening.  And this is only from First.  Most of the services that the village requires are based in Callington which is not accessible, apart from a dial a ride Taxi service now.  Clearly this is bad news for the most vulnerable in our society who rely on public transport” said Cllr Long.

“I have asked both companies for talks so we can try to find a solution.  I appreciate that this section of both routes is purely privately funded and does not have any financial support from Cornwall Council, but we do have a duty of care to the residents along this route and I have asked that we can at least get an extra service that goes north to Callington in the morning and back out at lunch time.  It only adds an estimated 10 minutes to the route length but would have a massive positive impact on the population along the old route” he added.

Plymouth Citybus recently took over the Eastern Cornwall section of services operated by Western Greyhound and already operate a service from Callington to Tavistock via many villages and communities.   Citybus are currently undertaking a review of the service which involves public consultation throughout January.
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Published on 2nd January 2015.

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