But Axminster's gain was Seaton's loss. The long standing Jurassic Coaster service was raped of its raison d'être by reducing through journeys west of Lyme Regis and Axminster.
This deprived, for example, Seaton folk of easy paths to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital at Wonston. The X53 stops at the gates.
It gets worse. A two hourly link between Seaton and Lyme Regis became a hotch potch of tendered journeys, again of very little use to anyone.
Enter Stagecoach with its new 9A.
Rumours abound that this development, providing an onward hourly service glued on to the end of Stagecoach's existing (but renumbered) 52A, came as a profound shock to First Bus.
Next in this fascinating tale of incompetence and commercial skulduggery was an email from a regular blog correspondent.
It also looks like too little too late. The damage has been done. Every two hours does not make for an attractive ride to or from Lyme Regis when Uncle Brian is running his service 9A every hour.
The joy of the Jurassic Coaster was that it offered through rides from Poole all the way to Exeter. Very few folk would want to make the whole through bum-crunching journey (although fbb once did) but there were plenty of "through" options.
Poole to Abbotsbury
Wareham to Lyme Regis
West Bay to Seaton
None of these can now be done without changing. It looks like this.
X54 : Poole to Weymouth every two hours
X53 : Weymouth to Lyme Regis (and Axminster) every hour
X52 : Lyme Regis to Exeter every two hours