Councillors hope to deflect the axe from North Devon bus services

The future of some North Devon bus services remains uncertain as Devon County Council continues to debate on where the axe might fall.

The council has revised a raft of proposed public transport cuts following consultation but many local services in North Devon and Torridge could still be affected.

It has said it now seeks to cut some 170,000 passenger trips on subsidised services and not the 400,000 originally planned.

The proposals have gone to cabinet, been referred to scrutiny – where more revisions were suggested – and will return to cabinet next month for a final decision.

In Barnstaple, councillors Faye Webber, Brian Greenslade and Adam Bradford have been campaigning to keep services, particularly the Bicton Street and Sunset Heights bus.

In Gorwell, it is proposed to reduce bus frequency to every half hour, but there is good news for the Barnstaple to Whiddon Valley route, which is now recommended to keep its evening and Sunday buses.

Mr Greenslade, Barnstaple county councillor, said the scrutiny committee had considered their concerns for Bicton Street as well as other routes and council officers were going to look at it again.

But he added: “Despite the assurances from County Hall the impact of cuts to bus services would not be as great as first proposed, it seems to me that communities in North Devon will be hit by cuts to their bus services.”

Cabinet meets again at County Hall on Wednesday, July 8.