More buses please, say residents

RESIDENTS of the Bicton Street area of Barnstaple have called for more buses in their neighbourhood - and say they would also like to know when exactly the existing ones are passing through as well! People, especially the elderly, living in the Bicton, Ch

RESIDENTS of the Bicton Street area of Barnstaple have called for more buses in their neighbourhood - and say they would also like to know when exactly the existing ones are passing through as well!People, especially the elderly, living in the Bicton, Charles Dart Crescent, Zephyr Close and Miller Crescent streets often use the 309 and 310 service from Lynton to Barnstaple as a means of getting into town and back.They say there is only one each way per day, at about 10am and 1.20pm, but no time table information on their bus route to say when the buses are supposed to arrive."After setting up the Zephyr Residents Association, which covers the area, people were asked for their concerns and the bus service into town was one," said association committee member Sue Paul."For one thing it's not regular enough, with a three-and-a-half hour wait to come back from town and no others during the day they are aware of," she said."There's no time table information to say when the buses actually are. Some elderly residents have to pay for cabs to go in and out of town, but say if there was a regular bus they would use it."Local councillor Simon Harvey said the next nearest bus stops were the Co-op in St Georges Road or the top of Bicton Street, both steep walks."There are around 300 properties in this area so we are not talking about just a few people who would use the bus," he said."My concern is also the lack of a timetable in the street and I feel by promoting the service more we could get an improved one if enough people used it."A spokesperson for Devon County Council, which determines bus routes, confirmed there was two per day, but said the time table information was out there:"There are not always specific times on the bus stands themselves, however there are published timetables for summer and winter available from bus stations, libraries and tourist information centres. People can call Travel Line on 08712 002233 or go to www.travelinesw.com.


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