A new shuttle bus service linking Cornwall Airport Newquay to Truro is being introduced next week.
The new pilot service is the result of a partnership between Cornwall Council, Cornwall Airport Newquay and Coastline Travel, the official taxi partner at Cornwall Airport Newquay.
Beginning on Monday June 27, the service will run throughout the day from Monday to Saturday, until September 3.
The shuttle service will run from the airport to the park and ride at Threemilestone, stopping at Truro Train Station along the route. It will also stop at Treliske Hospital on request.
Announcing the new service Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “Many people, not least our neighbours and friends on the Isles of Scilly, have expressed frustration at the problems getting from the airport to Truro and back again.
For the Scillonians this is not a luxury item – it’s often about getting to a hospital appointment. So, thanks to the people at Coastline for coming forward with a proposition that will help to make Cornwall Airport Newquay an even more important part of Cornish life.”
Adam Paynter, the Council’s cabinet member for resources, added: “We have listened to users of the airport who wanted a regular bus service to and from the train station and other popular destinations.
“We hope this new service will be well used by travellers, especially those from the Isles of Scilly, some of whom have experienced problems getting from the Airport to Truro for hospital appointments and specifically asked us to find a solution.”
Al Titterington, MD at Cornwall Airport Newquay, said: “The new service will offer a much needed public transport link between the Airport and Truro. The fare represents a significant saving on the equivalent taxi cost which will especially benefit those travelling alone or in small groups.
“We are initially running this as a trial so we can look at how well it is used but, if there is the level of demand we expect, we would certainly hope to extend it past the beginning of September.”