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The boss of the bus company which is axing services in west Cornwall says he was forced into the decision by lack of support from Cornwall Council. Mark Howarth had told ITV West Country the council wasn't prepared to help fund the routes.
News of the cuts has been met with dismay in rural communities, with many fearing they'll be cut off. Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.
Cornwall Council says it will do its best to minimise the impact of bus route cuts but warns bus users will suffer across the county. Steve Hardy reports.
Cornwall Council says maintaining good public transport links is very important in a rural area like Cornwall.
Councillor Bert Biscoe says the council is working with all the bus operators to look at how best to protect bus services from the impact of further cuts in Government funding.
ITV News West Country has been able to get a copy of the notice to staff at Western Greyhound, which is making drastic cuts - including closing its depot in Penzance. 12 people could lose their jobs.
ITV West Country has learned that drastic cuts are to be made in bus services in Cornwall.
One of the main bus operators, Western Greyhound, is closing its depot in Penzance, which will mean fewer routes in west Penwith.
It's understood 12 drivers will also lose their jobs.
Services provided by First Western and smaller operators are also likely to be cut.
Cornwall Council says a cut in its subsidy from the Government means it can't afford to pay the operators to run some routes.