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HONITON: Key public transport role for Honiton
Thursday, 06 March 2014
Honiton is playing a strategic part in a new, temporary rail-bus link initiative which started yesterday (March 3rd).
Stagecoach Group, which owns South West Trains, is using Honiton as a hub for ‘an integrated and seamless link’ between London and the West Country.
The link, set up in response to travel problems caused by recent storms, uses a combination of South West Trains rail services and megabus.com coaches.
A Stagecoach spokesperson said: “It will provide significant extra public transport capacity to keep communities in Devon and Cornwall connected while one of the main railway lines is closed following the collapse of the sea wall and damage to the track at Dawlish.
“The new services use a rail hub at Honiton providing onward coach connections to a number of destinations in the South West.”
From Honiton there are three routes: Cullompton – Tiverton – Barnstaple; Newton Abbot – Torquay – Paignton – Totnes – Plymouth; and Launceston – Bodmin – St Austell – Truro – Penzance.
Stagecoach Group chief executive Martin Griffiths said: “This is an incredibly difficult time for people in communities in many parts of the South and South West of England. Daily life is a real struggle for families in the areas worst hit by the severe weather. We appreciate that transport is absolutely vital.
“Joining these networks up means we can provide the affordable transport options people need in these tough times.
“The priority is for everyone across the public transport sector to really pull together to keep Britain moving and make sure communities across the country remain open for business.”
The onward coach initiative will operate Mondays to Fridays, plus one service in each direction on Saturdays and Sundays on the Plymouth and Barnstaple routes only.
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