Chairman Delighted With Buzza Bus Service

The Chairman of the Community Services Committee is delighted with the take-up of the Buzza bus.

The service allows local residents aged 60 plus, or islanders with disabilities, cheap transport and operates 30 hours a week over six days. Journeys cost just £1.

Richard McCarthy pointed out that between October last year and May 2011 there have been 2250 journeys, which is around the entire population of the islands.

Trips to the Memory Cafe on Wednesdays at the Golf Club and the Normandy pool are popular.

The Bus Stakeholder Group, which consists of the League of Friends, Island Response, the hospital and the health watchdog Link, wants the service evaluated by the contract holder, Age Concern. Over the next two months they’ll see whether any changes to the routes or access arrangements are necessary.

There have been problems with the electric vehicle because of on-board computer issues but the makers are training a Penzance-based engineer to deal with problems as they arise.

The vehicle will be housed in what was the wholesalers and that means that it can leave Katie’s garage when the regeneration of the site gets underway in September.

The bus can be plugged into 100% renewable energy on the industrial estate.

Richard says the new driver Dave Mayberry has taken to the service “like a duck to water” and ”while the first driver was good, Dave is probably better” he told councillors.