Plymouth Argyle fans lose special football buses
ARGYLE'S special football buses have been scrapped because they are under-used, supporters' club chairman Keith Bulley said today.
The supporters' club negotiated a deal with Plymouth Citybus for buses to run to and from Home Park for every home Saturday match this season.
Buses – at present – run from Wembury, Ivybridge, Glenholt, Tamerton Foliot, Whitleigh, Saltash, Plympton and Plymstock, calling at all bus stops en route and dropping fans at Home Park up to an hour before kick-off. Fares range from £2-£4.
But Bulley said the last specials would run on December 8, when Argyle play York City at home.
Bulley said Citybus was losing a substantial amount of money because supporters were not using the service.
He said: "I did warn that if supporters didn't use them, the buses would be lost. Now that's happened.
"The cost of the drivers' wages alone was £500 and that doesn't take into account fuel and other ancilliaries.
"I completely understand why Citybus is doing this, although it's a shame.
"A firm can't go on losing money on anything, especially these days."
Bulley said there seemed little chance of getting Citybus to change their minds, even if passenger numbers did dramatically improve.
He said: "There's a 60-day process needed to remove a service. That's already started."