National Express revealed in March that they are axing part of its 315 coach service, which previously travelled between Helston and Eastbourne, due to the lack of requirement for the service.
The route, which ran along the south west and the south coast through popular destinations such as Plymouth, Exeter and Bournemouth, will be cut short starting from this month.
Locals have echoed that the cancellation of this service only amplifies Cornwall’s lack of access to public transport services.
Maria Hopwood, 20, from Falmouth said: “I used that service a lot to travel between Falmouth and Bridport, where I visit family.
“I don’t want to pay for the train because it’s triple the price of the coach, and I just can’t afford that as a student.”
“If I want to see family now, I have to pay over £100 for the train whereas previously I would have spent £40 on the coach. Public transport in Cornwall is so expensive!”
Helston, which doesn’t have a train station, will still be served by another coach route, but it does reduce the flexibility and availability for passengers. It also isn’t the only place that’s been left without a reliable coach link due to the service cutting. Many of the other stops on the route are now completely without any direct transport to Cornwall via National Express’ coach service.
In a rural place like Cornwall, it is becoming a constant struggle for people to travel to other areas of the country.
Megan Hill, 21, from Essex, stated: “I wouldn’t have gone to university in Cornwall if I didn’t have my car, it’s hard to get here and then, when here, it’s hard to get around.”
With prices of buses in Cornwall on the rise too, locals feel let down by public transport in Cornwall.
Georgie Brace, 24, from Redruth, travels to Falmouth via the bus most days for work: “Public transport in Cornwall is like being a fly caught in a web. If you try to move the spider will eat you. But if you just sit there and wait, he’ll eat you anyway at some point.
“The prices are inapt in relation to wages, driving people to become reliant on a system they couldn’t afford in the first place.
“At £9 for a return ticket now between Redruth and Falmouth, most people will be working over an hour longer to make the money back from just getting to work, that’s if the bus turns up, then they could be losing that hour waiting for the bus”
National Express justifies the cancellation of the Cornish part of the 315 service, which will now run between Plymouth and Eastbourne, by stating that the route was simply not “viable”.