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Pendeen and St Just residents launch petition after bus service changes

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: November 19, 2013

  • Councillor Sue James receives a petition from Lorraine Doherty, fourth from left, in Pendeen.

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A PETITION has been launched by residents of Pendeen and St Just after bus routes to the villages were altered.

First's 10 and 10a services now stop at Boscaswell, which means some bus users now have to walk a considerable distance to get on board, says Lorraine Doherty.

Mrs Doherty said the journey time had increased from around 35 minutes to an hour and added the bus no longer travelled a circular route, but now operated as a shuttle between St Just and Pendeen, before going to Penzance.

She said she used public transport every day to get to work, at West Cornwall Hospital, and started the petition on Thursday after neighbours found they were not told about the changes and were now missing train connections and appointments.

"The petition is going well – in the nine years I've lived here I haven't seen anything talked about so much," she said.

"People now have to walk a long way to the bus – many of them are elderly.

"We weren't told about the changes and there are still no timetables.

"It's adding extra journey time for everyone too. We feel it's not very well thought-out."

Mrs Doherty on Monday presented a petition to Sue James, Cornwall councillor for the area, and sent off a copy to First's headquarters in Plymouth.

Mrs James said she supported the petition. She believes the bus operator has further "isolated parts of the community" after Western Greyhound buses stopped earlier this year.

"There are a lot of older people who live at the other end of the village," she said.

"It feels an unnecessary change and First didn't communicate it very clearly."

A spokeswoman for the company, said: "They (buses) are routed that way to ensure the biggest population centre on the route (St Just) has the fastest available journey time to and from Penzance.

"The service misses only one stop in Pendeen/Boscaswell. This is because our records showed an average of nine passengers a day at this stop."

Alex Carter, director of First Devon and Cornwall, said: "We appreciate that some bus users will be disappointed with these changes.

"I'm afraid that given the economic conditions, the high price of fuel and rising costs, Cornwall Council and bus operators have little alternative but to make these difficult decisions."

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