What you really think about public transport

Commuters say prices could be lowered.

PUBLIC transport users in East Devon say they “can’t complain” when it comes to train and bus services.

However, some residents feel the cost of the services could be lowered - especially for those travelling further afield.

Train services in the district were put under the microscope during a recent meeting at Westminster, when the Mayor of Honiton, Councillor Vernon Whitlock, and the chairman of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Colin Wright, met with MP Neil Parish and officials from South West Trains.

The aim of the meeting was to look at the possibility of adding extra services on the Exeter-Waterloo line, particularly between Axminster, Honiton and Exeter.

Councillor Whitlock has called on commuters and other local councils to band together and start lobbying for extra morning train services to Exeter.

Sue Robertson, 84, of Honiton, said: “Public transport suits me fine.

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“TRIP is a real help as well.

“For me, the buses and trains are fine.”

Janet Morfey, 61, of Honiton, said: “I only use public transport, as I don’t drive.

“I think the bus services are OK, but I don’t use it to go to Exeter because it takes too long.

“It is a bit expensive to use the trains, especially if you go to London.

“If trains were cheaper, I think a lot more people would use them.

“When I do take the train into Exeter, the 10 o’clock service can be quite packed.

“If they change the bus service to a half hour service and only one person every two hours uses it, it would be a waste of time.

“Public transport services are better than they were.

“I don’t think you can do much about the times.”

Her daughter, Hannah, 17, said: “Public transport is OK. I have to use it.

“I would say the cost is a big problem.

“The timing of the town bus is not all that reliable, but nothing’s perfect.”

Ivan Heyward, 75, of Fention, said: “Public transport is very good.

“You get quite a good service in Feniton.

“There’s nothing I would change.

“I very rarely go on the train.”

Margaret Tawse, 70, of Sidmouth, said: “I can’t complain about public transport, but I know in some places the services are ghastly.

“From my point of view, Sidmouth’s public transport is fine but services are being cut.

“In the morning, for people going, to work there could be more services and earlier trains.”