Then, following a cut-back by First, BlueStar started route 7.
But Barbie buses were to throw the next punch by returning competitively to Thornhill with a frequent (every 7/8 minutes) route 10 in direct competition with BlueStar 18.
Coincidentally EFE have just (re?)introduced a model of one of the first Blue Line buses on service 160.
Stand by for a "vigorous" response in the local press letters columns.
This decision has, very effectively, destroyed this service which will soon, fbb expects, be withdrawn entirely west of Axminster because it has so not met the needs of its customers ...
... THAT IT HAS LOST ALL OF THEM!
The first bus using a free bus pass is at 1009 and gets to Exeter at 1129.
The 52A runs all day and also on Saturdays and Sundays. (I have not checked if the timings are exactly the same).
The X53 is a completely different matter. The following buses run Monday to Saturdays. There are no buses on a Sunday.
There are now only 3 buses a day to and from The Elms Bus Stop to Exeter. 0711 1131 1536
Return buses from Exeter Bus Station are at 0930 1343 1750
If you catch the 1131 from The Elms it gets to Exeter at 1257 and the next one back is at 1343 which gives you approximately 3/4 hour in Exeter!! Or you wait until 1750.
If you want to go East then you can also catch the 885 bus to Axminster Station and then change to the X51 and X53 to Lyme Regis and Bridport. If you want Dorchester, Poole etc there are not so many buses.