12 February 2015

Devon Cutbacks Part 8

The final post in the series!   I will be watching developments over the coming year…

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 X38

Exeter - Drumbridges - Liverton - Bickington - Ashburton - Buckfastleigh - South Brent - Bittaford - Ivybridge - Plymouth


Complete withdrawal - Sunday and Public Holiday service. There are alternatives for some passengers - Exeter - Ivybridge - Plymouth rail service; Service 88 Buckfastleigh - Ashburton - Newton Abbot, then train; Gold service from South Brent and Ivybridge to Plymouth

Estimated no.of passengers journeys per year (ie one way trips) no longer catered for on this or alternative services: 6112

Annual Saving: £11,877

Current Map

Stagecoach X38 Map


Stagecoach 19095 MX56PHO

Service X64

Exeter - Kingsteignton - Newton Abbot - Ipplepen - Totnes - Harbertonford - Halwell - Kingsbridge - West Alvington - Malborough - Salcombe


Complete withdrawal - Sunday and Public Holiday service

Estimated no.of passengers journeys per year (ie one way trips) no longer catered for on this or alternative services: 5,504

Annual Saving: £6,081

Current Maps

SC X64 Exeter Totnes

SC X64 Totnes Dartmouth

SC X64 Totnes Salcombe


Service X85

Barnstaple - Bideford - Monkleigh - Milton Damerel - Holsworthy - Clawton - Chapmanswell - St. Giles on the Heath - Launceston - Milton Abbot - Tavistock - Plymouth


Complete withdrawal. Removes North Devon's only direct link with Plymouth. Alternative routes involve a change in Okehampton. All communities on route have services to other destinations

Estimated no.of passengers journeys per year (ie one way trips) no longer catered for on this or alternative services: 1704

Annual Saving: £12391

Current Map

Jacketts X85


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