Falmouth to mussel in on oyster card success

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8 December 2010 — 8 December 2011

The summer trial of Falmouth’s very own OysterCard has been hailed a success by all involved.

The Fal Oyster Card, which was introduced inJune, offered unlimited use within the Fal River Links network for a set periodof time for one price.

It is now planned to roll the scheme out on apermanent basis next year.

Maritime Museum director and chairman of FalRiver Links, Jonathan Griffin, said: ''The card has been fantastic, it is sucha simple concept that has worked so well in other parts of the world and nowthe Fal is no exception.  

“Our survey work has confirmed feedback from ourpartners that customers loved the product and offering, as it made travellingon and around the river so easy.”

For just £6 a day visitors and locals enjoyed hopon - hop off travel on the buses, trains and ferries that make up the Fal RiverLinks network.

Customers also had the chance to upgrade theircard to include entry to all the attractions, castles and gardens around theriver.

Tim Light, Fal River Links secretary andtransport operator, added: ''I am really delighted with the way customers havetaken to the idea of the card and we are confident we are going to run it againnext year and expanding the concept to reward users of the card with valueofferings linked to eating out and shopping.”

“However it looks like we are going to have tochange the name, after recent discussions with Transport for London we havedecided it will become the Fal Mussel Card next year but the offering willremain exactly the same.

“We like the idea of Fal Mussel Card being‘Tastier than an Oyster’.”

Tim went on to thank Cornwall Council, which hasbeen supportive of the Fal River Links Project for the last five years.

The Fal Mussel Card project was in partcommissioned by the Cornwall Development Company with the support of ERDFConvergence funding to provide an evidence base for expanding the scheme widerwithin Cornwall.