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Falmouth to mussel in on oyster card succes

25 November 2010 — 25 November 2011

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

The Fal Oyster Card, which was introduced in June, offered unlimited use within the Fal River Links network for a set period of time for one price.

It is now hoped the scheme can be rolled out on a permanent basis next year.

Maritime Museum director and Chairman of Fal River Links, Jonathon Griffin, said: ''The card has been fantastic, it is such a simple concept that has worked so well in other parts of the world and now the Fal is no exception.

"Our survey work has confirmed feedback from our partners that customers loved the product and offering, as it made travelling on and around the river so easy."

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

Customers also had the chance to upgrade their card to include entry to all the attractions, castles and gardens around the river.

Tim Light, Fal River Links secretary, added: ''I am really delighted with the way customers have taken to the idea of the card and we are confident we are going to run it again next year.

"However it looks like we are going to have to change the name, after recent discussions with Transport for London we have decided it will become The Fal Mussel card next year but the offering will remain exactly the same."

This project was in part commissioned by the Cornwall Development Company with the support of ERDF Convergence funding to provide an evidence base for expanding the scheme wider within Cornwall.