500 signatures reached
To: Operations Manager at Stagecoach (South West) in Exeter; and the Principal Transport Officer, at Devon County Council
Don’t stop the 2 bus from Hopping: maintain the 2 bus service at three buses an hour
A plea to Stagecoach (South West), and Devon County Council to maintain the regular three buses an hour to and from Exeter and Dawlish and Teignmouth.
The new bus timetable, which commenced on 3rd January 2017, features a drastically-reduced bus service between Dawlish and Exeter, especially during the peak commuting times.
Why is this important?
Don’t stop the 2 bus from Hopping: maintain the 2 bus service at three buses an hour.
A plea to Stagecoach (South West), and Devon County Council to maintain the regular three buses an hour between Exeter and Dawlish and Teignmouth.
The proposed new bus timetable, due to commence on 3rd January 2017, features a drastically-reduced bus service between Dawlish and Exeter, especially during the peak commuting times.
For people who work in Exeter between the Topsham Road, Barrack Road, Heavitree Road, and the Exeter bus station, the proposed two buses an hour during peak times is an insult to hard-working people who are already suffering from having to stand on single-decker buses.
Similarly, for the schoolchildren and young people who use the ‘Hop 2’ bus * to attend schools and colleges in Exeter, many of which are accessed along Barrack Road, and Heavitree Road.
(The 2b bus service does not service these bus-stops.)
The cuts in service will greatly affect not only the working population of Teignmouth, Kingsteignton, Bishopsteignton, Dawlish, Cockwood, Starcross, Kenton, and Exminster, who use the ‘Hop 2’ service to get to and from work, for example at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital – both sites, and at Devon County Council’s HQ at Topsham Road; the school-children and young people who use the Hop2 service to get to and from school or college.
The cuts in the 2 service will affect all sections of the communities of Dawlish, Cockwood, Kenton, Starcross, Bishopsteignton, Kingsteignton, and Teignmouth; not only from the reduction in the number of buses on in the proposed reduced Hop2 service, but also from the resultant over-crowding of the buses that will be running if this proposal goes ahead.
If, as Stagecoach maintain, the route is not commercially viable, we urge that instead of cutting the service, that Stagecoach and Devon County Council together look at ways of making the 2 bus service viable.
If a town in East Devon is allowed to maintain its service of four buses an hour, we urge that Stagecoach explore options to maintain the current service, and increase viability for the Hop2 bus service, for example with express buses that only stop at bus-stops on the main route, the A379.
The people of Dawlish, Teignmouth, Kingsteignton, Bishopsteignton, Starcross, Cockwood, and Kenton, deserve equal treatment. Furthermore, with all the new housing developments, planned and in progress, there will be more people looking for ways to get to work, the shops, and to colleges.
We urge that Devon County Council keeps to its plans for sustainable transport for all, and to work with the local bus operator to maintain and improve the public transport bus service in the Hop 2 area. A well-maintained, Hop2 bus service, with increased efficiency, will increase opportunities for all in our communities.
We, the undersigned urge that Stagecoach maintains the current Hop2 bus service and rescinds the reduction in the bus services on the number 2 route.
‘Hop 2’ bus is the name that is used on all vehicles running on the 2 bus service route. *
How it will be delivered
On Wed 21st December 2016, the petition with 653 signatures was handed to Cllr John Hart, the Leader of Devon County Council, at County Hall, Exeter, by Martin Wrigley and Alison Foden.
A petition with 672 signatures was handed to Robert Williams, the Commercial Director, and Graham Bailey, the Commercial Manager, both of Stagecoach South West in Exeter.
This campaign will continue, and the petition will stay open to collect signatures. Thank you for your support.