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Bude Sunday service must be restored says MP

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: August 23, 2014

Dan Rogerson said Bude residents could not get a bus to a train station on a Sunday

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A bus link to a railway station must be restored to a Cornish town whose residents find themselves marooned on a Sunday.

North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson said it was a scandal that people in Bude had no way to get a bus to a railway station to a Sunday.

His words came shortly after Western Greyhound’s 599 route between Bude and Exeter St David’s train station was cancelled.

Meanwhile Stagecoach’s X9 service between Bude and Exeter only runs from Monday through to Saturday.

Mr Rogerson has said it was essential that the town has a bus link to a railway station on a Sunday.

He has raised concerns about the lack of a public transport link to a train station with local bus companies and with Cornwall Council’s transport department.

Mr Rogerson said a solution must be found.

“Having a link between Bude and a railway station is vital, both for residents and businesses as well as for the local economy,” he said.

“The town is already too far away from a railway station, which is why I have been campaigning to bring back regular train services to and from Okehampton.

“As well as being a nuisance for residents, I am concerned that the lack of a Sunday bus service is a deterrent to tourists looking to visit Bude and north Cornwall for a weekend using public transport, impacting on our vital tourism industry.”

Mr Rogerson said he would continue working with local councillors to explore all the possible options for restoring a Sunday bus service.

The previous Sunday service was provided by Western Greyhound who have been in the news after its contract to run a service in Cornwall was revoked.

Cornwall Council said it was canceling the firm’s contract to run the 574/5 bus service between Callington and Tavistock following repeated complaints over reliability.

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