COWICK city councillor Paul Bull has been out and about on the buses, and believes from talking to passengers that improvements could be made to the service that would benefit the ward.
He has started a Cowick Deserves Better Buses campaign after talking to to passengers.
For many, it is a 2-bus trip to access medical and health services provided by the St Thomas Medical Centre on Cowick Street, a difficult and taxing journey for those with mobility problems and young children in buggies.
“It also means it is expensive to travel to reach the health centre.
“Patients either have to buy 4 single tickets or an Exeter Dayrider at £3.50 to make a bus journey to travelless than a mile as the crow flies.”
Cllr Bull as discovered it is easier fro residents in both Alphington and Exwick to travel to the doctors’ in Cowick Street by bus and told the Echo: “it may be more convenient for Cowick residents to use a doctors’ surgey in Pennsylvania if they rely on Stagecoach services”
Out and about on the buses, Cllr Bull found that many passengers had their own ideas on how to improve the Cowick service.
Cllr Bull said: “As we travelled down Isleworth Road, someone sais: ” Yu know what would be great? If this bus turned right at the bottom and went to the health centre. And to compensate, one of the three services from Exwick could go down Okehampton Street.’
“A simple solution obvious to passengers but which according to Stagecoach ‘doesn’t make commercial sense.'”