11 July May 2013
COMMUNITY NEWS | Cowick
WARD councillor Paul Bull believes he has come up with a solution for those living at the top of Cowick who need a bus to get them to the doctors’ surgery in Cowick Street.
He has discovered that several bus operators – Western Greyhound, Dartline and Country Bus – stop close to Crossmead Villas.
Cllr Bull said: “At the recent public meeting regarding bus routes around Cowick, it was pointed out that many buses from outside Exeter travel directly down Dunsford Road and on to Cowick Street.
“Many residents in and around Sylvan Heights, Barley Lane, Exonia Park and the top end of Dunsford Road do not consider using these services which stop at Crossmead Villas and choose to use the Stagecoach P route, and so they think they do not have a direct route to the surgery on Cowick Street.
“Indeed, they are often pressing Stagecoach to deliver an hourly route down Dunsford Road. This already exists in the form of the WG 510.
“However, since this service doesn’t receive Devon County Council funding, there seems to be little desire to display a timetable.
“This is disappointing since WG 510 has a daily service of 10 in-bound buses, which equals the total provided by DL 360 (five a day) and CB 359 (also five a day). Also WG provide the 599 which has two buses a day.”
The solution, according to Cllr Bull, is to use a simplified listing at the bus stop of all the buses that stop at Crossmead Villas.
He said: “In-bound I make the timetable:
0755 DL 360,
0800 WG 510,
Cllr Bull believes providing a simple listing is much more user-friendly, and would encourage a bigger take-up of these buses by passengers.