Ask Stagecoach for explanation

PUBLISHED: 14:37 22 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:05 10 June 2010

REGARDING the letter of November 6 entitled: 20 extra minutes to get home". I am one of the fortunate people who have benefited from the route change to the No57 bus and I sympathise with Mr T Brice if he feels his bus service has been downgraded. I use

REGARDING the letter of November 6 entitled: "20 extra minutes to get home".I am one of the fortunate people who have benefited from the route change to the No57 bus and I sympathise with Mr T Brice if he feels his bus service has been downgraded.I use the 57 often and, peak times apart when the driver has to spend more time collecting the fares, it is about 20 minutes into Exmouth centre with a bus about every 15 minutes. I find this a very good level of service.He is right when he says the bus stopped at Pines Road as that is the starting point and, if the bus arrives ahead of time, it has to wait for the correct time to leave. If that was the case, the fact that the driver used the time to have a cigarette is not really relevant.Mr Brice says it is no good asking Stagecoach for an explanation... has he done so? I have always found them ready to justify their decisions.Like it or not, we have an integrated bus service in East Devon which requires a company of some size to run it. If, as Mr Brice suggests, Stagecoach were to have their licence rescinded, I am not sure there is a viable alternative contractor available.It is unrealistic just to say we must have more buses serving more areas of Exmouth - that is not going to happen - but, if Mr Brice has some practical alternative routings, he should provide them to Stagecoach and, if they really are workable, he will need to keep banging away until they are adopted.Jim Coleborn,18 St Briac Way, Exmouth.

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