Bus services saved in Brixham - ‘we had to find a solution’

Cllr Mike MoreyCllr Mike Morey

Under threat bus services in Brixham have been saved.

Torbay Council has confirmed Country Bus will continue to run its bus services in the port.

The services were due to cease at the end of this month but the good news is routes 15 and 16 will continue to operate, with support from the local authority.

Mike Morey, Brixham councillor and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture, said: “On our watch, we were not prepared to see another route be cancelled and therefore we have stepped in to provide support until the end of the current financial year.

“The impact of losing any bus route can hit our elderly constituents, especially those residents who use the buses on a regular basis, even more so in the more hilly areas of the bay where the mobility impaired may struggle. Therefore, we had to find a solution.

“Passenger numbers have been particularly low due to the lockdown and we need to find a way to keep these services going in the long term for those who rely on them.”

Council leader Steve Darling said: “I am pleased we have been able to step in and save this route. However we need to take a more strategic approach to public transport within the Bay, especially in the areas where the continuation of routes is critical to the wellbeing of our residents.

“By the new financial year we will have developed a strategy to support secondary routes such as these.

This approach needs to be on a more equitable basis across the whole of the Bay, as a strong public transport system, will lead to a more healthy and prosperous Torbay.

“Marketing routes that passengers want to use and providing them buses at the times they want to travel, will generate more paying passengers. The more passengers we can convince to leave their cars at home and switch to public transport, will help us to improve both congestion and air quality.”

It comes as Brixham Town Council was carrying out a bus network survey in the town after several services were in danger of being axed.