Town Councils Collaborate on No 6 Bus route
As frustrations understandably continue over the changes to the No 6 Exeter bus service, a meeting took place this week between Cllrs from Holsworthy and Bude-Stratton Town Council, the two towns most significantly impacted by alterations to the timetable.
The Deputy Mayor of Holsworthy Cllr Nigel Kenneally, Mayor of Bude-Stratton Cllr Amanda Tame, Holsworthy Town Clerk Vanessa Saunders, Devon County Councillor James Morrish and Cornwall Councillor Peter LaBroy met to discuss the ongoing problems.
Top of the list of immediate concerns was the failure of the return bus to wait in Okehampton for arrivals from Exeter, leaving long waits in the dark and cold for Exeter College students trying to get home. The Cllrs also spoke to Devon County Transport Officers during the meeting, who are very aware of the recent problems.
As a result, Cllrs from both towns are pushing to get the 6 and 6a buses designated a ‘through’ service, which would ensure buses had to wait for connections before leaving Okehampton.
A raft of other issues was discussed – increased cost, infrequency of service, unreliability and inaccessibility of the route.
The Cllrs thanked everyone who has so far commented on the impact the changes to the bus route has had, and urged those who have yet to do so to pass on their experiences as soon as possible.
The Cllrs will provide this evidence to Stagecoach and Devon and Cornwall County Councils and have agreed to meet again before Christmas to monitor progress.