Council raises concerns over bus route changes in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 July 2018

The Gold Stagecoach 57 route bus. Ref exe 7073-47-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

The Gold Stagecoach 57 route bus. Ref exe 7073-47-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Concerns have been raised about proposed changes to bus routes in Exmouth that could leave some residents isolated from the community.

At its July meeting, Exmouth Town Council criticised some of the measures being proposed by Stagecoach in its recent public consultation.

Councillor Steve Gazzard said the idea of the 98 bus going via Withycombe Village Road rather than its normal Moorfield Road route would cause ‘no end of distress’ to some residents who rely on that bus for social trips and to do shopping.

He added: “That area, as we all know, covers the whole spectrum of life from babies, grown-ups, elderly people to disabled.

“It’s totally irresponsible for Stagecoach to go down this route.”

Mayor Jeff Trail added: “By saying that it will go through Withycombe Village Road is not right because Moorfield Road serves the majority of our residents in those estates in Withycombe.

“The people up in Kay Close, Moorfield Close, Marpool Cresent and all of that would be stuck and that would be very bad.

“Those services are most important to the economics of the social clubs, pubs and restaurants of this town in the evenings, but during the days it would also be a loss to those persons who work in retail.”

Cllr Brian Bailly said: “There is no point in rerouting that bus up along Withycombe Village Road; its absolute chaos at school nights and most afternoons.

“There are far more people using it in Moorfield Road and surrounding areas than Withycombe Village.”

The council also raised concerns about plans to remove the bus stop outside Exmouth leisure centre, meaning the 357 route would start and stop in The Parade instead.

Cllr Tim Dumper added: “I do feel we need to do something about the leisure centre because that stop is actually key to the interchange with the station, with bikes, with everything – 
I am not happy at all with that.”

The council agreed to register its objections to some of the measures proposed.

Councillors also agreed to set up a meeting with a public transport officer from Devon County Council.

The consultation ended on Friday (July 13).

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