Call for no limits on bus pass holders

PUBLISHED: 13:08 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 15 June 2010

IF an express bus service between Honiton and Exeter is ever launched, there should be no restriction on the number of bus pass holders allowed to use it.

IF an express bus service between Honiton and Exeter is ever launched, there should be no restriction on the number of bus pass holders allowed to use it.That is the view of many seniors in the town, as representatives of Honiton Senior Council prepare to meet the managing director of Stagecoach, which has taken over local bus operator Cooks.When the senior council met at St Rita's Centre in Honiton last week, members said they want a new, express service to Exeter - one that travels along the A30 and bypasses Sidmouth and Newton Poppleford.They hope the service can start from Axminster and replicate a once-a-week service, which ran until about a year ago.The current 52B service means Honiton passengers spending 90 minutes on the bus. A new, direct service could cut this time to as little as 30 minutes.If given the green light by Stagecoach, the bus would stop at the main park and ride, opposite the Met Office, and also service the park and ride for the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.Tony Smith, of Honiton, said: "This will be preferred by many people, rather than use the train service."In particular people want to use the service to get to the hospital in Exeter."Honiton Senior Council is keen to link up with young people in the town - for an exchange of skills and ideas.The council also feels it must get across to older people the complex system concerning medical and care matters.


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