Cornwall Council Tory leader Linda Taylor told her cabinet she welcomes the publication of the government’s Leveling Up white paper and pointed to the new integrated bus tickets as a good example of successful devolution .
New single day zone tickets were introduced last week to Penzance, Hayle, St Ives, Camborne, Redruth, Helston, Falmouth-Penryn, Newquay, St Austell, Bodmin and Truro at £3 per adult and £1.50 for anyone aged 19 or under. .
Cllr Taylor told the Cabinet meeting yesterday: ‘I was delighted to see the Government’s publication of the white paper for leveling last week, which called on us to become one of the first rural authorities to negotiate a county agreement. Of course, we were the first non-metropolitan authority to sign a devolution agreement in 2015 when David Cameron traveled to Truro to sign the historic agreement.
“We now have the opportunity to negotiate an updated deal bringing more powers from Westminster to Cornwall and allowing us to shape our own future.
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“A clear example of the value of these agreements was highlighted last week when we were able to announce sweeping changes to the way bus services operate under the Transport for Cornwall partnership. We have worked with service providers to put in place a series of measures to encourage more people to board. They include that passengers can now use their bus ticket on any bus covering their journey, regardless of who operates it; Individual City Day Tickets offering unlimited one-day travel within a defined local area have been introduced at £3 for adults and £1.50 for anyone aged 19 or under.
“All 19-year-olds can now travel for half the price of an adult fare on all operators. transit, which will save residents money and help us achieve ambitious environmental goals.
“This would not have been possible without these delegated powers over our local public transport and demonstrates how much of a difference decentralization can make. I look forward to being able to update you on the progress of our negotiations in Westminster and can assure you that I will work hard to secure the best possible deal for Cornwall”.
For more information on Urban Area Tickets visit Transport for Cornwall.