First Bus to Discontinue North Devon Services

In this article, First Bus has told the BBC that all their routes in north Devon could be axed.

North Devon Public Transport Users is concerned about what will be lost if this happens. There are many issues that arise, including:

  1. What does one do to plug the gaps? Leave it to the market, in the hope that new operators will come forward or that Stagecoach will pick up the pieces? Or, through some public agency, actively work for a solution?
  2. The second option raises questions about DCC’s role in developing and sustaining public transport services;
  3. The constraints within which county councils have to work, which include the abandonment of bus regulation and the localism policies adopted by the present government;
  4. The opportunity this change throws up for restructuring local public transport services on more integrated lines.

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