11 February 2015

Devon Cutbacks Part 7

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.

DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL FEEDBACK FORM

Service 94

Noss Mayo - Newton Ferrers - Membland - Holbeton - Yealmpton - Brixton - Plymstock - Plymouth. Service reduced from 5 journeys to 3. It will still provide a work time journey and choice of shopping journeys. 50% of the usage on this service is on the Yealmpton - Plymouth section where there are alternative buses to and from Plymouth. Revision enables combination of Service 49 and 94 operation.

Estimated no.of passengers journeys per year (ie one way trips) no longer catered for on this or alternative services: none

Annual Saving: £19,994, including savings from service 49

Current Map

Tally Ho 094 2011-12-19

Links

Service 98

Tavistock - Greenlands - Princetown - Two Bridges - Postbridge - Bellever/Yelverton.

Proposal

Princetown retains 3 journeys, arriving in Tavistock at 0820, 1135 and 1545. Departures from Tavistock are at 1010, 1410 and 1745. Greenlands is reduced from 5 journeys to 4.

Annual Saving: £45,240, including saving from service 55/56

Current Map

Target 098 2014-12-29

Links

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Service 162

Kingsbridge - Thurlestone - South Milton - Galmpton - Hope/Loddiswell

Proposal

Withdraw the 1700 Kingsbridge - Loddiswell, 1715 Loddiswell - Kingsbridge, 1730 Kingsbridge - Hope and 1815 Hope - Kingsbridge

Proposed Timetable

Annual Saving: £14,000

Current Maps

Tally Ho 162 a Tally Ho 162 b

Links

Service 178

Newton Abbot - Liverton - Bovey Tracey - Lustleigh - Moretonhampstead - Chagford - Whiddon Down - South Zeal - South Tawton - Sticklepath - Okehampton

Proposal

Moretonhampstead - Newton Abbot journey will commence from Okehampton. Journey to Okehampton will serve Giblands Park and Hunters Gate in Okehampton and extend to Okehampton Station. Due to vehicle being used in part-replacement for Service 318

Annual Saving: £65,701, including saving from service 318

Proposed Timetable

Current Map

Country178

Links

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