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Campaign to save Fowey Town Bus is successful

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 03, 2014

BUS SAVED: Julie Yeo and Fowey residents celebrate the future of Fowey Town Bus.

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FOWEY residents campaigning to save the Town Bus are celebrating after a deal was struck with the bus operators and Cornwall Council last week.

Amid concerns that the local authority would reclassify the service as a tourist bus, meaning pensioners and people with disabilities would no longer be entitled to subsidised bus fares, locals rallied together in a bid to save the "essential service".

The deal was reached after Julie Yeo, who has run for the service for the past eight years, met with David Edwards, leader of the passenger transport unit at Cornwall Council.

"We had the meeting on Tuesday and we agreed to run two separate services," she explained.

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"I'm very relived it's all been sorted out and everyone seems to be very happy with the result," she added.

As of April 1 the Town Bus will operate two services in Fowey.

The first will be a non-subsidised tourist bus, which will take passengers from Hanson Drive car park to the town centre.

The second service will run between residential areas and the town and will be subsidised by Cornwall Council.

Sinead Hanks, of Love Fowey, who established the campaign to save the bus, thanked everyone who had rallied together to support the campaign.

She said: "We'd like to thank all the people who helped with the campaign including all the supporters from the town, those who took the time to write to Cornwall Council and our 475 people who liked us on Facebook

"A special thanks goes to tourist information's Lynn Gould for getting the ball rolling, resident Ann Munford for rallying troops and organising meetings, Steve Double for taking the time to come to Fowey and suggest ways to help, as well as Bert Biscoe from Cornwall Council who dealt with our concerns.

"It's a great result for the town, for Julie Yeo and for all the residents who rely on the bus."

Steve Double, Conservative parliamentary candidate for St Austell and Newquay, said he was pleased an agreement had been reached.

He said: "I am delighted we have managed to find an answer to this issue which will mean this essential service is maintained for local residents. I believe this is an example of local people working together to achieve the right outcomes for their community."

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