Cornwall’s bus revolution

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Go Cornwall Bus has gone from operating a fleet of 35 vehicles to 150 in just four short months. Richard Sharman visited the Cornwall Operator to find out how this mammoth task was achieved

The South West of England is normally a calm and quiet place, but the county of Cornwall has recently seen some of the biggest changes to its bus scene since deregulation. In January 2020 Go Cornwall Bus, the division of Plymouth CityBus that covers Cornwall, won the contract to take over all of Cornwall Council’s subsidised bus services from 29 March.

Newquay Bus Station. RICHARD SHARMAN

The planning phase

“With operations now covering a large geographical expanse, including Cornwall and Plymouth , we adopted the Go South West umbrella identity

“The tender documents for the council contracts were issued in July 2019,” explained Mark Collins, Head of Commercial at Go Cornwall Bus (GCB). “They included 73 local bus options, 190 school contracts and a huge tender specification to work through with multiple options of interworkings that could be achieved.

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