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Full many a journey is to run unseen
And waste its power to carry just fresh air
0720 AVT service 899 to Budleigh Salterton
One word supplies most of the answer: SCHOOLS. Four of the eight departures only operate on schooldays. The 899s from Seaton to Exmouth (0700), Budleigh Salterton (0720) and Sidmouth (0740) all return ...
The school has a tradition of high academic expectation, nurtured by a culture which values achievement in all activities and supports fully the development of each student to achieve success, gain self confidence and be equipped as independent learners, ready to take their place as responsible 21st century citizens.
The school has one of the finest academic records in the country. In GCSE and at A-Level, the success rates far exceed national averages and are significantly higher than average for grammar schools.
So, to summarise; Seaton's bus hour (and five minutes) rush hour of eight departures is as follows:-
0645 Stagecoach 52A to Exeter via Sidmouth.
0650 Axe Valley Travel [AVT] 885 to Axminster
0700 AVT 899 to Exmouth
0720 AVT 899 to Budleigh Salterton
0733 First X53 to Exeter via Beer
0740 AVT 899 to Sidmouth
0750 Stagecoach 52A to Exeter via Sidmouth.
0750 AVT 899 to Beer.
On Saturdays, by the way, only the 0733 X53 and the 0750 52A operate. Amazingly the 0733 X53 runs on Sundays but the sabbath-day service is provided only during the Summer.
A splendid selection of operators, routes and vehicles to assuage the thirst of any omnibologist; but, fbb suspects, the thrill will diminish as time progresses and familiarity increases. For the time being, however, it is a worthy topic to enhance the understanding of East Devon bus operation.