Axminster and Honiton bus routes saved

PUBLISHED: 09:41 27 May 2016 | UPDATED: 08:41 02 June 2016

Stagecoach buses

Stagecoach buses


Council steps in to secure two popular East Devon services

Two popular East Devon bus services are to continue thanks to county council funding.

Dorset-based Service 688 which serves Hawkchurch, in Devon, on its way to and from Axminster every Thursday, had its subsidy withdrawn by Dorset County Council in April.

But it will now be able to continue thanks to a new arrangement between Devon County Council and Dorset Community Transport.

Service 20 from Seaton to Honiton and Taunton will undergo minor changes to its route from Monday, July 25.

Following Somerset County Council’s withdrawal of its share of the subsidy for this bus, Devon County Council has provided an additional £18,700 to keep the modified service running.

Operated by Stagecoach, it will no longer stop at West Buckland and the last bus of the day will terminate at Culmstock rather than Taunton.

Devon County Council’s highways management spokesman Stuart Hughes said: “The subsidies from Devon for these services will enable the continuation of these important links and we recognise how highly they’re valued by residents.

Axminster’s county councillor Andrew Moulding said: “I have been pleased to support the efforts of local parishes to continue a bus service between Axminster, Hawkchurch and Thorncombe.”

Seaton county councillor Jim Knight said: “I’m pleased that Devon County Council is increasing its support for the Service 20 to Taunton. It’s a route that is vital to the Seaton area, and losing this service would mean that only Exeter is available for major items. Residents will now be able to continue on this valuable service.”

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