From the end of October the X52 is extended in Exeter to St Davids Station, so the very few passengers can connect with trains. Wowsers!
As a competitive taster, how about extending service 4 from Axminster to Lyme Regis every hour Monday to Saturday ...
It is all very well removing a weak Sunday service "for the Winter", but the core of your non-tourist ridership will find other things to do or will simply not travel at all, Winter or Summer. They will be lost for ever.
It is a short-sighted policy and is only likely to make things worse for the company.
fbb has lived at Seaton for over four years during which time there has never been any attempt to promote any of the Jurassic Coast routes in Seaton (pathetic X52) or Axminster (once useful X51/X53). If Tesco were so cavalier with its promotions it would have gone bust years ago!
Or, another thought; maybe First want to get rid of the routes once and for all and are looking for a get-out excuse. "We did everything possible to cut costs, but demand simply continued to decline, so, regrettably ..."
Meanwhile, in Leicester, Arriva has just announced ...
But that is another story. Back to the delayed positives tomorrow.