Huge fire near Newquay destroys 37 buses: PICTURES+VIDEO

Huge fire near Newquay destroys 37 buses: PICTURES

Huge fire near Newquay destroys 37 buses: PICTURES

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Mid Devon Star:

Pictures Mark Hewitt Group Manager, Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service

A huge fire at a Western Greyhound bus depot at Summercourt near Newquay has destroyed 37 buses.

At 1.05am this morning Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service received a call to a fire in a bus depot. On arrival crews found there to be nine buses involved and a diesel tank in the vicinity.

Crews from St Columb, St Dennis, Newquay, St Austell, Perranporth were called in to fight the fire, with the assistance of the Water carrier from Wadebridge and the control unit from Launceston.

At 02:37 hrs assistance for "Make Pumps eight" was made and further appliances from Truro and Mevagissey were mobilised. The incident was divided into two areas and five main jets, one hose reel jet are being supplied by one hydrant and an open water source.

Along side the major appliances two landrovers attended and specialised equipment - command support vehicle from Launceston, an operational support vehicle from St Austell, and water carrier from Wadebridge and a welfare wagon from St Dennis.

Once the fire was confirmed out it was established that a total of 37 buses had been involved.

This morning Cornwall Fire and Rescue service will be carrying out a fire investigation along with police scenes of crimes officers to try to establish the cause of the fire.

The scale of the blaze means that bus services across Mid Cornwall will be affected, with no park and ride service from Truro operating today.

Disruption to school and general bus services is also expected.

The following services ARE NOT RUNNING:
522, 547, 550, 551, 556, 557, 558, 559, 585, 586, 596

The following services are running with REDUCED SERVICE:
524, 525, 594

Unless stated, all other services are running as normal.

The A3058 Newquay to St Austell Road will remain closed for most of the day between Summercourt crossroads and Brighton Cross roundabout. The Highways Agency have diversions in place.

UPDATE A3058 in Summercourt (St Austell Street) re-opened after bus depot fire.

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12:40pm Mon 13 May 13

guest01 says...

overall good news, as it will mean 37 new buses with the latest engine emission regulations will be in service.
overall good news, as it will mean 37 new buses with the latest engine emission regulations will be in service. guest01
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1:32pm Mon 13 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I wouldn't hold your breath, many bus companies purchase their buses from auction.
I wouldn't hold your breath, many bus companies purchase their buses from auction. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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2:56pm Mon 13 May 13

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

I hope this won't mean that the dreaded First will step into the void and secure a total monopoly with their sparse timetables and sky-high prices.
I hope this won't mean that the dreaded First will step into the void and secure a total monopoly with their sparse timetables and sky-high prices. Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
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2:57pm Mon 13 May 13

guest01 says...

I suppose an auction purchase now would get better buses than an auction purchase years ago whenever they got the buses that burnt.
I suppose an auction purchase now would get better buses than an auction purchase years ago whenever they got the buses that burnt. guest01
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3:54pm Mon 13 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe wrote:
I hope this won't mean that the dreaded First will step into the void and secure a total monopoly with their sparse timetables and sky-high prices.
That's what I was wondering, I have a very suspicious way of thinking I might add.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe[/bold] wrote: I hope this won't mean that the dreaded First will step into the void and secure a total monopoly with their sparse timetables and sky-high prices.[/p][/quote]That's what I was wondering, I have a very suspicious way of thinking I might add. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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4:06pm Mon 13 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

guest01 wrote:
I suppose an auction purchase now would get better buses than an auction purchase years ago whenever they got the buses that burnt.
You are probably right.

Hopefully if Western Greyhound have a good insurance company they will be able to buy brand new replacements. Trouble is, with most bus companies, the busy routes that make the most money get the best buses and the rural routes with less passengers get the old buses. That is certainly true with 'First,' good buses in Redruth, Truro etc, dirty old, emission spewing, buses prone to breakdown on the 36 and 37 rural routes.
[quote][p][bold]guest01[/bold] wrote: I suppose an auction purchase now would get better buses than an auction purchase years ago whenever they got the buses that burnt.[/p][/quote]You are probably right. Hopefully if Western Greyhound have a good insurance company they will be able to buy brand new replacements. Trouble is, with most bus companies, the busy routes that make the most money get the best buses and the rural routes with less passengers get the old buses. That is certainly true with 'First,' good buses in Redruth, Truro etc, dirty old, emission spewing, buses prone to breakdown on the 36 and 37 rural routes. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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