I have just seen on the Devon County Council website the recommendations going to DCC Cabinet on 10 June – including the one that the evening service will remain for the P bus – is welcome news and testament to the work that I and many others have done to promote Passenger Power in Cowick, and elsewhere.
Throughout the 12 week consultation period of DCC’s Public Transport Review, I – along with my fellow Labour councillors and volunteers – tried to generate when asking residents to respond to DCC’s public transport review.
It seems those contributions helped save the service.
At first I had concerns over the exact wording of the recommendation for the P bus – “The evening service in its entirety is proposed for continuation within the recommended revised evening service support criterion” – thinking this might mean the proposed reduced service on Sundays and Bank Holidays would be implemented.
I certainly asked for the Sunday service on the route of the P to be considered alongside the evening service.
I have had confirmation from transport officers at DCC that the recommendation – if approved – would mean that the P bus would continue to run to the current timetable.
This is good news, but I am still aware that there are still serious flaws with the public transport service for Cowick, and this is certainly not the end of the Cowick Deserves Better Buses campaign