29 January 2021

Vaccination Centre Bus Service

These are difficult times and operators are adapting their services, almost weekly at the moment, often on advice from the Government to reduce services where possible whilst allowing essential travel – not an easy task by any means! They are also altering services to make it easier for people to access the new vaccination centres that are springing up. One new one is now up and running at the Westpoint Centre, Exeter so Stagecoach have made life a bit easier by adapting their 9 / 9A service

From 25th January 2021

We have worked closely with Devon County Council and the RD&E Hospital to introduce a new timetable for our route 9/9A, with buses now serving the Vaccine centre at Westpoint in Clyst St Mary. Buses run every 30 minutes from Exeter to Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth and Sidford with the 9 also connecting Sidbury and Honiton and the 9A Seaton, Axmouth and Lyme Regis hourly. Passengers travelling from other fringe areas can interchange with the 9 service at Exeter Bus Station, stand 5.

Buses will serve the centre from the first bus in the morning. The last bus to Sidbury will be at 21:49 Monday - Sunday, the last buses toward Exeter bound it will be 21:18 (Monday to Friday),  21:13 (Saturday) and  21:10 (Sunday)

To help keep everyone safe we have reduced the number of seats available on our buses to promote social distancing. We’ve also employed extra cleaners to make sure all of our buses have a thorough clean each day.

There are also some additional steps you can take to help us keep you and our drivers safe- make sure you’re wearing your face covering when you board, and that you open up a window to keep the bus ventilated. Also, why not pre pay for your ticket on our mobile app, info here, or pay for your ticket by contactless when you board.

Whilst this is clearly a useful move by Stagecoach I assume that the site operators are expecting most people to arrive by car as a half hour service on a reduced capacity bus is not going to bring that many people in.

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