01 February 2015

Devon Cutbacks Part 5

Devon County Council Bus Cutbacks

Devon County Council have looked at their supported bus network to try and come up with some substantial savings. Over a series of posts we look at some of the individual routes which will be affected, focusing on those which come into the greater Plymothian Transit area.

To help meet the £50 million budget reduction required by Government spending cuts next year, we now face making savings of £1.7m from our annual public transport budget. It will be the first time that we have proposed making service reductions for four years. Most bus services in Devon are run commercially by bus companies at no cost to the Council. However, we spend £5.376m a year to support nearly 200 public bus services, carrying around 4.5m passengers every year. These services would not run without this support. We also manage the National Bus Pass Scheme for 175,000 pass holders in Devon. This costs us more than £9m every year. Efficiencies have already been achieved across the wider Transport Coordination Service to meet previous savings.

We need your help

We would like to find out what you think about our proposals to reduce services. Please let us know what their impact might be on you. The proposals would start to come into effect during the second half of 2015.

This consultation closes on Monday 20 April 2015. We want to hear what you think about our proposals. To give us your comments use the online feedback form below. Important: Before completing the questions read the proposal/s for the public transport service/s relevant to you. If you begin to complete the questions and leave the page before submitting your feedback, your answers will not be saved.


Service 87

Bere Alston - Tavistock


Withdrawal of the 0640 Tavistock - Bere Alston and 1854 Bere Alston - Tavistock journeys Due to low usage.

Estimated no.of passengers journeys per year (ie one way trips) no longer catered for on this or alternative services: 50

Annual Saving: £1,400

Jacketts - BX54DLD - Tavistock - 24 January 2012 (2)
Photo credit: Steven Hughes under Creative Commons Licence.

Current Map

Jacketts 87

Jacketts 87A


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  1. So each of these journeys sees one passenger a fortnight? At £28 per journey? Why one earth haven't they been pulled before?

  2. The bus stop has to get to Bere alston and back on the last journey, also the it carries shot more than 50 a year, that 18:54 has carried at least 15 people this week

  3. The bigger problem for jacketts is the planned withdrawl of the 318 and X85, thats a huge amount of work for such a small company to loose.


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