New bus route serves Bideford Pannier Market

10:09 09 January 2014

Duncan Goodman, manager; Rachel Simpson, deputy manager; Bus drivers Andy Lincoln and Chris Tucker,  from Torridge Community Transport Association, with the new Pannier Market bus.

Duncan Goodman, manager; Rachel Simpson, deputy manager; Bus drivers Andy Lincoln and Chris Tucker, from Torridge Community Transport Association, with the new Pannier Market bus.

Archant

The community bus which serves the Bideford area is now taking shoppers up the steep streets to the Pannier Market.

BIDEFORD Pannier Market is now being served by two bus routes after a long battle by the Chamber of Commerce.

The number 14 and 16 bus, run by Torridge Community Transport Association, service the Quay, Morrisons and since January 6, Bideford Pannier Market.

Duncan Goodman, manager of Torridge Community Transport Association, said:

“This is an exciting new service which will be able to deliver folk right to Bideford Pannier Market, and is available thanks to Devon County Council’s Community Transport delegated fund from the Dept for Transport.”

The routes, which operate from Corborough Road in Westward Ho!, through Appledore, Northam and Bideford, provide a two-hourly service, three times a day.

Graham Blight, of Bideford Chamber of Commerce, said: “Bideford Chamber of Commerce has been delighted to help and support Duncan and Torridge Community Transport Association.

“We believe that this transport link can only be a positive thing for the Pannier Market and Bideford in general, so we would encourage potential passengers to find their nearest bus stop and use this great addition to explore the town.”

Sam Robinson, until recently county councillor for Bideford East, added: “This service has been a long time in coming, and we have encountered our fair share of, one might say, road-blocks and obstacles in the way.

“But, thanks to the persistence of people like Maurice Pearce of the Chamber of Commerce, the ‘challenges are there to be overcome’ spirit of Duncan Goodman, and my being able to help secure the DfT funding from Devon County Council, the ‘Bus to Market’ is now a reality.

“It is particularly pleasing for me that people from East-the-Water will now be able to catch a bus right to the door of the Pannier Market and return from there or from the Quay.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 08:00
Justin Wallace, former Bideford Round Table chairman; Dr Robin Buckland, North Devon Children’s Holiday Foundation; and Alex Dziurzynski, Bideford Round Table events coordinator.

The Bideford Round Table has raised nearly £3,000 to provide holidays of a lifetime for children with serious illnesses and disabilities.

Read more
Fri, 14:58
David Cameron visiting Barnstaple this morning. Picture © Guy Harrop

Catch up with the latest General Election goings on and ministerial visits in pictures

Read more
Fri, 10:03
The new Ilfracombe launch and recovery vehicle being put through its paces on Instow beach.

£1million launch and recovery vehicle begins training exercises in North Devon

Read more
Fri, 09:37

Tractor severely damaged after accidentally catching fire near Lynton yesterday (Thursday).

Read more
Fri, 09:08
Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson with 3 year old Stephanie during a General Election campaign visit to Advantage Children's Day Nursery in Surbiton, Surrey. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

David Cameron is launching the Conservatives’ first English manifesto, with a promise of changes to ensure that English MPs have the final say on income tax rates in England.

Read more
Fri, 09:05

The 34-year-old will appear at Exeter Crown Court for sentencing on 30 charges of fraud next month.

Read more
Fri, 08:00
What are you doing to celebrate VE Day in North Devon?

Are you doing anything to celebrate 70 years since World War two formally ended? Tell us about your VE Day celebrations.

Read more
Fri, 07:00
Frankie Moore serves his gran (lt) and Mike and Mel Braddick some salad at the Westward Ho! Big Lunch last year.

Tickets to the free community Big Lunch are expected to be in high demand, according to organisers.

Read more
Thu, 12:10

Latest crime figures show a 5.2 per cent drop in crime across Devon and Cornwall against last year.

Read more
Thu, 11:17
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has a selfie taken as he meets Labour supporters in Ipswich yesterday. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour is accusing the Conservatives of planning the biggest spending cuts in any of the world’s advanced economies as the parties again prepare to trade blows on the economy.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder