06 February 2015

Devon Cutbacks Part 6

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 90B

Dartmouth - Archway Drive


Complete withdrawal

Estimated no.of passengers journeys per year (ie one way trips) no longer catered for on this or alternative services: 8210

Annual Saving: £13,239

Current Map



Service 91

Totnes - Avonwick - Ugborough - Ermington - Brixton - Plymstock - Plymouth


Reduce to operate on Tuesday only. Most passengers originate from Plymouth

Estimated no.of passengers journeys per year (ie one way trips) no longer catered for on this or alternative services: 250

Annual Saving: £18,000

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© Richard Smith

Current Map

Countrybus 091 2010-11-12


Service 93

Dartmouth - Stoke Fleming - Strete - Slapton Turn - Torcross - Stokenham - Chillington - Frogmore - West Charleton - Kingsbridge - Churchstow - Aveton Gifford - Modbury - Yealmpton - Brixton - Plymouth



Withdrawal of Summer Sunday and Public Holidays.

Estimated no.of passengers journeys per year (ie one way trips) no longer catered for on this or alternative services: 1482

Annual Saving: £3594

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Current Map

First 93


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  1. I'd like to know where they got the figures from for the 90b, that's approx 25 people a day, having driven this rote myself and have picked up 1 or 2 people a day in archway drive at most, so where are the figures coming from, maybe the whole route that is also covered by the other 90's?

  2. How was the 91 allowed to run so long at a subsidy of 72 pounds per journey?

  3. Again when Devon do their partner comes is usually the darkest most miserable week in the winter when no one travels, so these passenger numbers are misleading.

    1. I'm sorry but I don't understand the first part of this comment.....please explain.

  4. Pretty sure its "partner counts" - probably an auto-correct issue!


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