North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson has said that he hopes that a buyer for Western Greyhound will be able to improve the reliability of local bus services that the company currently runs.
Mr Rogerson has been raising dozens of cases with Western Greyhound and with Cornwall Council about people being left stranded by buses not turning up, breaking down or because of changed to routes and timetables.
The company runs several routes in North Cornwall. The 584 from Wadebridge to Camelford via Polzeath, Port Isaac and Delabole and the 595 service from Wadebridge to Bude via Camelford and Tintagel are fully supported by Cornwall Council.
Some journeys are supported by the Council on the 576 service which runs between Bude, Launceston, Callington and Plymouth, the 510 between Wadebridge, Camelford, Launceston and Exeter, the 555 from Bodmin Parkway to Padstow via Bodmin and Wadebridge, as well as on the 556 between Padstow, St Eval and Newquay.
Commenting, Dan said: “Unfortunately too many people have been let down by buses not turning up or by services being cancelled or changed at short notice. I am saddened that a local company, which has worked well in the past, hasn’t been providing a good enough service.
“I hope that any new buyer will work constructively with Cornwall Council and with local residents to make sure that vital bus services across North Cornwall are protected and the reliability of services improved. I understand that other bus companies are looking at running routes in our area come the new year.
“As part of the Coalition Government’s recent £48.9 million ‘Growth Deal’ for Cornwall bus services across the duchy will be reviewed and improved from 2016. It is right that public transport improvements are a part of our growth strategy and I will be working to make sure that we seize the opportunity of this funding to protect, improve and expand the bus network in our area. In the meantime I will continue to fight to protect and improve bus services across North Cornwall.”