No winter bus timetables

Addendum booklets and leaflets produced instead to save money.

The humble bus timetable has fallen victim to cutbacks.

No new timetables are being printed by Devon County Council for the winter.

Instead, the authority is publishing leaflets and addendum booklets to save money.

The council says the number of service changes is “relatively small” this year and that some winter changes were indicated in the summer timetable.

The Midweek Herald spotted the change at Honiton Tourist Information Centre, where a notice has been put up by staff to warn bus passengers.

A spokesman for Devon County Council said: “In view of the relatively small number of service changes, we have produced addendum booklets and leaflets, rather than produce new area books, and, with the advance co-operation of bus companies, some winter service changes were already indicated in the summer publications.

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“The few changes in East Devon, such as the improved Ottery St Mary town service and the winter Service X53, are covered in individual route leaflets, which is a much more cost-effective use of tax payers’ money.”

Winter times are effective now.

Timetables can be viewed online, using an interactive map.