Bus company's anniversary gift

STAGECOACH South West has set the wheels in motion for a busy summer by introducing a number of additional services to key routes around North Devon. The bus operator - that this week celebrated its first anniversary at its purpose-built bus depot on the

STAGECOACH South West has set the wheels in motion for a busy summer by introducing a number of additional services to key routes around North Devon.The bus operator - that this week celebrated its first anniversary at its purpose-built bus depot on the Pottington Business Park- has introduced an extra Monday to Saturday evening bus on the Barnstaple to Braunton, Saunton, Croyde and Georgeham route, as well as a Sunday summer timetable.Extra early morning and early evening buses have also been added on the 51 and 51A journeys between Exeter and Barnstaple, while the 51, 51A and 315 service has also been given minor timetable changes to improve reliability, as has the 21 service from Bideford to Barnstaple.On Good Friday and Easter Monday, Stagecoach will run a Sunday service on all routes in North Devon.InvestmentThe company has invested more than �1.5million in 17 new vehicles for North Devon during the last two years. The firm employs more than 100 staff in the region and carries more than 1.6million passengers a year. At an event to mark the firm's first anniversary at the Pottington depot, Devon County Council leader, Cllr Brian Greenslade, said Stagecoach had helped North Devon "buck the trend" in passenger numbers with a three per cent increase between 2007 and 2008.MP Nick Harvey congratulated the firm for taking on the challenge of running a bus service in rural North Devon and operating a commercially viable service.Stagecoach presented a cheque for �1,000 to the Children's Hospice South West. The money was collected during various fund-raising initiatives.


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