How does Cornwall Council support the Transport Network?

Cornwall Council supports the network by:

  • Subsidising some parts of our bus network. In some areas services are not operated on a commercial basis and so are not satisfied by the free market. Cornwall Council tenders services to these areas. These are commonly known as ‘subsidised services’. In rural areas there is likely to be low passenger numbers. It's here that these services are critical to the overall public transport network. These services help to reduce social isolation. They also increase the use of public transport within the County. Around £6 million is spent by Cornwall Council on Supported Bus Services.  This is part financed by devolved funding from the Department for Transport (since 1st January 2014). This replaced the ‘Bus Service Operators Grant’ for tendered services. Up until this time, this had been paid directly to the bus operators. It has been used to maintain service levels on routes across the county.  
  • Supporting Community Transport services where they plug the gaps in conventional transport provision.
  • Actively working on local Transport issues. Working with local Town or Parish Councils or at Community Network Meetings.
  • Enabling Town or Parish Councils to install bus stop infrastructure.
  • Encouraging Active Travel and Sustainable Travel.
  • Providing information about services and answering queries regarding rural passenger transport.
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Cornwall Council currently spend around £5.2 million per annum on English National Concessionary Fare reimbursement. We also spend £17 million per annum on School and Social Services Transport provision.