Big boost for Cornwall’s public transport as funding for bus fares pilot confirmed by Secretary of State for Transport

Big boost for Cornwall’s public transport as funding for bus fares pilot confirmed by Secretary of State for Transport

Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay has described the Secretary of State’s announcement of funding for a bus fares pilot for Cornwall as a ‘big boost’ for Cornwall’s public transport network.

The pilot will run for four years and will be delivered at a total cost of £23.5m.

As part of the pilot, all travel in towns will be capped to £1 all day, as well as significant reductions for long distance trips which again would be capped at a maximum of £6 a day irrespective of the number of journeys made.

Commenting, Steve said:

“This announcement is great news and will provide a big boost for Cornwall’s public transport network and those people who use it.”

“Thank you to the excellent Transport team at Cornwall Council for putting forward a sensible case for change.”

“Only last week I wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport supporting Cornwall Council’s plans and I am delighted he has listened and acted.”

“I believe this pilot will make a big difference to bus fare in Cornwall and in doing so transform the lives of young people and hard-working families on low incomes.”

“By promoting public transport and attracting people away from their cars It will also go towards reaching our net zero carbon target.”

“As a rural county that has traditionally struggled with an affordable, joined up public transport network, this funding will mean a significant improvement for the people who rely on it, both now and in the future.”

“More proof that this Government is investing in Cornwall, and I look forward to see the pilot starting in the future.”