On the buses

PUBLISHED: 13:42 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 15 June 2010

I read your story about trying to commute by public transport from Lyme Regis to Honiton with amusement I am glad I am not the only one who is exasperated at the public transport system in East Devon! The last time I attempted to get a bus was in Nove

I read your story about trying to commute by public transport from Lyme Regis to Honiton with amusement - I am glad I am not the only one who is exasperated at the public transport system in East Devon! The last time I attempted to get a bus was in November - from Ottery St Mary to Honiton - with my nine-month-old baby. Steep steps up to the driver and the £2.60 return bus fare were very off putting. After two hours in Honiton, it was home time. I tried to locate the bus stop outside the church - it was market day and I couldn't see where the bus stop was. Slightly panicked, I walked down towards the job centre, trying to find another bus stop, and just missed the bus! The next bus was in two hours' time. No thanks! I went to my husband's work and swapped my bus ticket for his car. At 5.20pm, I received a call from my husband saying the almost empty bus had been going so fast that by the time he was able to see the poorly-lit number in the dark, it had gone straight past him - not even slowing down at all. Thoroughly fed up, he decided to get a taxi home at a cost of £10. So much for trying to be green and saving money! It is no wonder we see practically empty buses all the time around this area - they are not meeting the needs of local people: infrequent, expensive, inaccessible and hard to use.R DAWEMill StreetOttery St Mary


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