Stagecoach are making changes to several of their commercial services from 23rd January. These are related to ongoing driver issues due to the pandemic and recruitment problems. The expectation is that the reduced timetables will help minimise short-notice cancellations.
The changes are:
Exeter and Crediton
A Alphington – City Centre – Thornpark Rise: Daytime frequency reduced to every 30 minutes.
E1, E2 Exwick – City Centre: Daytime frequency reduced to every 30 minutes on each route.
H, H1, H2 St Davids Station – City Centre – Digby: Some journeys will extend from St Davids Station to Cowley Bridge to replace services 5, 5A, 5B and 5C in Wrefords Lane and West Garth Road, with a 30 minute daytime frequency.
I/J Digby – Countess Wear – City Centre – Whipton – Digby: Daytime frequency reduced to every 30 minutes on each route.
R/S Rifford Road – City Centre circular: Daytime frequency reduced to every 40 minutes on each route.
5, 5A, 5B, 5C Exeter – Crediton – North Devon/Chulmleigh/Okehampton: These services will no longer operate via West Garth Road and Wrefords Lane in Cowley Bridge due to a forthcoming weight limit. A replacement service is provided as part of service H, H1 and H2. In Crediton services 5 and 5C will operate via the Railway Station increasing this section to two buses an hour. Service 5A and 5B will operate via Exeter Road and the A377.
G – Hamlin Gardens: Country Bus recently surrendered the contract for this service. Following a tender exercise, Greenslades Coaches will operate the service from Monday 24th January 2022 sticking to the existing timetable.
11A/11C Barnstaple – Whiddon Valley: Daytime frequency reduced to every 60 minutes on each route.
21/21A/21C Ilfracombe/Georgeham – Barnstaple – Bideford – Appledore/Westward Ho!: The section of route from Bideford to Appledore and Westward Ho! is reduced to every 60 minutes on each leg. The section of route from Barnstaple to Braunton West Meadow Road is reduced to every 60 minutes, this being the journey which continues to Georgeham.
155 Exeter – South Molton – Barnstaple: The 1450 journey from South Molton to Barnstaple reverts to operating on Saturdays and during School Holidays. The 1535 journey from South Molton School to Barnstaple is reinstated.
815/821 Appledore/Westward Ho! – Park School & 921 Westward Ho! – Pilton Community College: Minor changes to the time at Barnstaple Bus Station on the morning journeys.
819 Bude – Atlantic Academy: The afternoon journey has revised timings.
903/904 Fremington – Pilton Community College: The afternoon journey has revised timings.