Direct bus service to Exeter mooted

PUBLISHED: 14:32 03 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 15 June 2010

A DIRECT and regular bus service to Exeter from Honiton was raised with operators of two bus companies during a meeting at County Hall last week.

A DIRECT and regular bus service to Exeter from Honiton was raised with operators of two bus companies during a meeting at County Hall last week.Tony Simpson and Andrew Murray, assembly members of the newly formed Honiton Senior Council, raised the issue with Richard Stevens, of Stagecoach, and Marc Reddy, managing director of First in Devon and Cornwall."We asked why there was no effective bus service to Exeter and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital," said Mr Simpson."We were told that when this was last looked at, in the 1980s, it was not economic."We said circumstances have greatly altered since then with factors like demography and concessionary bus travel. We asked that they investigate this again."We gained the impression that this would be done. The vice chairman of Devon County Council and opposition leader, Richard Hart, gave an undertaking that this would be looked into."Young people were present at the meeting, having taken part in workshops with members of the Senior Council for Devon in the morning. The teenagers are members of Devon Youth Council."They were really good at holding these politicians to account," said Mr Simpson. "They asked about free travel.


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