It should also be noted that the 99/99A run every 90 minutes past the station on Saturdays and it is this poorer frequency which is being delivered by SWC on Mondays to Fridays from 13th June.
It seems inevitable, as night follows day, that this poorer service will bring about a further reduction of passengers and ultimately the need for higher subsidies; a crazy result of Somerset Council's desire to save money. Continuing the process of decline, next the whole service will go; more cars will use the roads and the total cost to the community purse will increase again.
Good long-term planning, eh?
fbb has seen nothing so far. Will Stagecoach hang on to a smaller working unit well away from its Exeter operating base? The 99/99A has already been banished from their network map.
The article continues at length about consequent hardship, omitting to explain that very few buses use the bus station; indeed very few passengers use the buys station. It fulfils an operational convenience as it is part of the Exmouth bus depot.
What the article should have headlined is that a site for a new BUS DEPOT cannot be found; operations will transfer to Exeter with extra inconvenience for staff.
There is a similar comprehension problem here in Seaton. Local historian Ted Gosling consistently refers to Axe Valley Travel's BUS DEPOT as Seaton's BUS STATION in his published works. It isn't and it never was.
Back in Exmouth, however, Stagecoach have explained that the loss of the bus park will not lead to any changes in timetable; the public will not notice the difference.
Not so good, however, for the staff.