Lib Dems seek guarantees on future of ‘lifeline’ bus service

Liberal Democrats on both sides of the Tamar have joined together to try to secure the future of a vital cross-border bus route.

It comes after residents across North Cornwall and West Devon raised fears about the future of the 510 route connecting Wadebridge, Camelford, Launceston, Okehampton and Exeter.

Operator Western Greyhound will stop running the route from 20th February. Whilst new operator Stagecoach South West is due to take over 510 services, passengers haven’t been told what will happen after the 20th February and fear that they may be left stranded.

Services currently run 5 times a day in each direction between Wadebridge and Exeter, with a sixth service operating between Exeter and Launceston. 2 services a day in each direction run on a Sunday.

North Cornwall’s Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson and local Lib Dem campaigner Paula Dolphin, Parliamentary candidate for Torridge and West Devon, have joined forces to seek reassurances that the vital bus route will continue after 20th February.

Commenting, Dan said, “For residents who don’t have access to a car in Tregadillett, Pipers Pool, Hallworthy, Davidstow and other Cornish communities along the route, the 510 is a lifeline service allowing people to get to school or work, to the shops and to medical appointments in Camelford and Launceston. The route is also vital in connecting Launceston and North Cornwall with Exeter St David’s railway station.

“People are understandably worried that arrangements for the service after 20th February haven’t been decided, and that time is running out to make alternative arrangements if some services are being scrapped.

“I have contacted Stagecoach South West and the Transport Departments at both Cornwall Council and Devon County Council to press for reassurances that bus services along this route will continue, and that arrangements for the change of operator will be finalised and publicised as quickly as possible.”

Liberal Democrat candidate for Torridge and West Devon, Paula Dolphin, added, "Many villagers in Lifton, Lewdown and Bridestowe rely on the 510 for connections to Okehampton and Exeter and will want reassurances that the bus route will continue to operate after 20th February. It is important that passengers are kept informed about changes, and that residents and campaigners from Devon and Cornwall continue to work together to secure better cross-border bus services for local people."