Bus link to Axmouth and Colyton to end

PUBLISHED: 14:35 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:35 27 February 2013

First Bus are making changes to their routes in East Devon and West Dorset. Photo Chris Carson

First Bus are making changes to their routes in East Devon and West Dorset. Photo Chris Carson

Archant

First Bus say their X54 route does not attract enough passengers and is not viable

A bus service linking Exeter with Axmouth and Colyton is being axed.

From March 24, First Bus is withdrawing the X54 route serving the two communities, saying it is not commercially viable.

The company says it will continue running the X53 Exeter to Poole service but with some changes to the timetable.

The services have operated with funding from both Devon and Dorset county councils since 2008. As they will now be run on a commercial basis, the bus company’s decision on route and timetable are now outside the control of the two authorities.

Operators say that due to the relatively low number of passengers and likely cost of reinstatement there is currently no immediate scope for reinstating the X54. Colyton passengers have an alternative, albeit less direct, means of getting to and from Exeter - via Seaton, Honiton or Axminster on other services. Axmouth also retains a link with Seaton through the Axe Valley Service 899.

First’s revised X53 timetable will see the 1645, 1745 and 1845 buses from Exeter replaced with two departures at 1700 and 1900. Bus operator Stagecoach will be providing a new ‘53’ service which will cover the 1745 from Exeter to Seaton and Colyford, and 1930 from Seaton to Exeter. These services will accept all First tickets.

County council highways spokesman Stuart Hughes said: “We would always welcome a bus service being taken on commercially as it demonstrates growing patronage, which has to be viewed positively. However, the downside here is the change to the service, but we have to respect the right of First’s management team to make its decisions. It’s unfortunate that not all routes on the service prove themselves to be commercially viable, and we appreciate a number of local residents will be affected by the loss of the X54, but the decision to make these changes is out of the county council’s hands.

“Colyton passengers will still be able to travel to and from Exeter via Seaton, Honiton or Axminster, and I am pleased we have been able to work with Stagecoach on providing a commuter service from Exeter to Seaton and Colyford which will accept all First tickets. Hopefully, this will ensure that we still have a good level of service in the rural bus network to this part of Devon.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 18:33

Popular cycle club welcomes its 100th member

Read more
Yesterday, 15:45

New Jurassic-themed tourist attraction will enhance Seaton’s visitor appeal, say officials

Read more
Yesterday, 14:42

‘Be alert, not alarmed’ is the message coming from police in the wake of the attack in Westminster yesterday (Wednesday)

Read more
Yesterday, 12:47

Landlords are being urged to come forward if they have family-sized properties that could be used to house vulnerable Syrian refugees.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:37

Four Shotokan karate students all achieve new belts

Read more
Yesterday, 07:37

New group aims to help people confront taboo subject

Read more
Wed, 16:42

Police believe it to be that of missing Lyme Regis man Derek Richard Powell, aged 45

Read more
Wed, 15:04

An Exeter based ecology business has discovered a rare species of bat roosting in East Devon.

Read more
Wed, 14:47

Mums travel free to mark their special day

Read more
Wed, 13:02

Committee desperately needs to find a new storage site for its award winning queen’s float

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications