Vital Ottery bus service saved

PUBLISHED: 16:31 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 11:00 17 June 2010

Proposals for a direct Honiton to Exeter bus route are shelved as they would leave Alfington, Ottery and West Hill residents with a reduced service.

A THREAT to a vital Ottery St Mary bus service has been shelved.

Proposals for a direct bus route between Honiton and Exeter would have seen residents in Alfington, Ottery and West Hill who are reliant on the number 380 bus left with a reduced service according to Devon county councillor Roger Giles.

Cllr Giles said: "I am delighted that a threat to these bus services has been removed. I wrote to John Richardson-Dawes of Devon County Council expressing my concerns on June 5. I am very pleased to have had a copy of a response (from Mr Richardson-Dawes) in which he says that DCC could not support such an initiative."

Mr Richardson-Dawes, of The Transport Co-ordination Service for Director of Environment, Economy and Culture said: "To alter the 380 to make it more direct would entail removing service from existing passengers, particularly those at Ottery St Mary, which would not be acceptable.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Sidmouth Herald. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Sidmouth Herald