Bus passes, 20mph zones and Fire Control centre on agenda for Cabinet meeting

Plans to allow concessionary bus pass holders to continue to be able to use their cards at all times of day and night will be discussed when Cornwall Council’s Cabinet committee meets next week.

Under the terms of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS), eligible older people and people with disabilities are provided with free off-peak travel on local bus services throughout England - between 9.30am and 11pm Mondays to Fridays and at any time on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.

In recent years, Cornwall Council has provided free travel at all hours, including peak times.  Now, following a review, a report prepared for next week’s meeting recommends extending the scheme.

The paper will be discussed when the committee meets in the Trelawny Room at County Hall in Truro on Wednesday, March 22 at 10am.

Also on the agenda at the meeting will be a roll-out of the 20mph speed restrictions in residential areas, which has been trialled in Falmouth and Penryn and the Camelford areas.

The trial has shown the sign-only approach to installing the new 20mph limit has resulted in mean speeds reducing in 20 of the 22 selected sites.  The project will now be extended across the rest of Cornwall, with priority given to areas with the worst road safety records.

The Cabinet will also be discussing several more agenda items, including the future provision of the Fire Critical Control Centre, and the business plan for the Corserve Group of Companies.

A discussion on the proposed devolution deal for Cornwall has been put back for an Extraordinary Cabinet Meeting, which will take place on Wednesday, 5 April.

Cllr Linda Taylor, leader of Cornwall Council, said: “I am pleased to see so many important items on the agenda for next week’s meeting, it is a clear demonstration of how hard this administration is working to improve the lives of our residents.

“Ensuring free bus travel for those who need it, complementing our commitment to low fares, and improving road safety in our towns and villages is good news for communities across Cornwall.”

Next week’s meeting is open to the public, and can be watched live via the council’s webcast service.

Watch the webcast here

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