Reduced bus service on the main road between Cornwall and Plymouth

The proposed new changes to bus timetables will largely affect commuters traveling between Cornwall and Plymouth, with some major adjustments being made to routes across the county.

Go Cornwall Bus and Plymouth Citybus have reportedly worked alongside Cornwall Council and other transport providers to adjust their timetables across Cornwall and Plymouth, with some services undergoing significant change or being phased out altogether.

The biggest changes in the two counties largely affect the South East Cornwall region and its connections to Plymouth. Other major changes include the removal of services between Bodmin Parkway and Liskeard and the reduction of services at Torpoint.

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Bus services with major changes between Cornwall and Plymouth include:

  • 12/12A: Will provide an hourly service between Plymouth and Launceston, 12 will operate via Stoke Climsland, 12A will operate via St Dominic.
  • 12A: Will no longer serve Downgate, City of Callington services will be operated by 235. Bude to Launceston will be reduced to two hours. Services 11, 12, 72 will provide three buses per hour at Saltash for Plymouth.
  • 71: The service will now only operate between Saltash and Derriford. Passengers wishing to travel from Liskeard to Derriford can take the 11 to Saltash and change at Fore Street. Menheniot will be covered by the revised service 77.
  • 11/11A: Hourly service between Plymouth, Liskeard, Trago Mills and St Neot. Routes between Bodmin Parkway and Padstow are renumbered to service 10. Services 11, 12, 72 will provide 3 buses per hour at Saltash for Plymouth.
  • 11/11A: There is no longer a connection between the 11 and 11A at Bodmin Parkway due to the 11 ending at Trago Mills. There will still be limited service between Liskeard and Bodmin on the 179 on college days only. There is a train service approximately every 30 minutes between Liskeard and Bodmin Parkway.
  • 70/A/B: Service reduced to one hour between Torpoint and Plymouth. Service 70B withdrawn and partly replaced by service 75/A.

  • 72: Most services will terminate at Hannafore. A revised 73 service will operate between Tregoad Park and Polperro, passengers wishing to travel can change at East Looe Bridge. Additional routes between Plymouth and Saltash.

  • 75: Will continue to provide service between Torpoint and Liskeard approximately every 2 hours.
  • 75A: A new service covering Torpoint, St Germans, Saltash and Plymouth, covering parts of route 70B withdrawn approximately every 2 hours.

Some Cornwall residents have already raised concerns about the changes, including Plymouth Citybus 11 and 11A services between Bodmin, Liskeard and Plymouth, as many rely on the service for work and school.

One person said in response to a post shared on a local community group about the change: “Literally awful. My car is broken at the moment so I’m relying on this bus to get to Plymouth University. It’s is always pretty busy too. Really weird. that they would even consider doing it.”

Someone else said: “My partner and I have moved to Bodmin for transport links to work and back to Liskeard. Keep hearing they want less cars on the road and more people using public transport, but continue to reduce services.”

Another added: “Someone explain how I get home from Bodmin after work please? I live in Liskeard…”

Another resident also said: ‘I wouldn’t mind if the bus for the walk ran more regularly so I could get to the university on time on an earlier train, but we still depend on the bus schedule. to get to the boardwalk in the first place so we’re not guaranteed a faster trip [sic].”

From April 10, changes to timetables will “improve services in the most needed areas” post-Covid.

A spokesperson for Plymouth Citybus said: “The majority of these changes are taking place in Cornwall and we have worked closely with Cornwall Council and other transport providers to reshape the network as we emerge from Covid, providing additional and more reliable services in areas that need them most.”

A spokesperson for Go Cornwall Bus added: “Some of the big changes include services through Torpoint, which will continue to provide direct public transport links to Plymouth and Liskeard and will introduce, for the first time, connections to the railway station of St Germans and Saltash.”

However, a Visit Liskeard spokesperson said: ‘We have had several people today concerned about a proposed change to the 11 service which will terminate at Trago Mills and not travel to Bodmin where there are connections to St Austell, Truro and more.”

They added: “Trains every 30 minutes are not a good substitute as Liskeard station is at least a 15 minute walk from the city centre, at Bodmin Parkway you have to change again to get to Bodmin – so much extra hassle and waiting for people. The train ticket is not covered by the bus pass so more expensive too”.

To view the full list of Plymouth Citybus bus changes click here, or for the full list of Go Cornwall Bus timetable changes click here. Full timetable information will soon be available on the Go Cornwall Bus and Plymouth Citybus websites.

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Melvin Z. Madore