New bus service connects rail, rural communities and major North Devon tourist sites

The 309/310 bus service in North Devon is being upgraded to add a connection to Barnstaple station from the end of this week. Additional funding is provided to allow the popular service to connect between the city bus station and railway station,

Until now, passengers had to change bus services or walk 20 minutes to move between stations. But now, after the new service launched today, buses will connect the journey.

The 309/310 service, which is subsidized by Devon County Council, is a vital public transport link to Barnstaple from Lynmouth, Lynton, Parracombe and Bratton Fleming. It is well used by passengers accessing education, work, shopping and other services in Barnstaple, as well as passengers on leisure trips visiting Exmoor, the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway and the Lynton and Barnstaple Steam Railway.

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Cllr Andrea Davis, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport, said: ‘We have always aspired to improve the route’s connectivity with the Tarka line at Barnstaple station , but this has never been possible until now, thanks to this additional funding. We are keen to improve the integration between bus and train services and this improvement can benefit communities and businesses along this route. »



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GWR also supports the promotion of the service. David Whiteway, GWR Regional Development Manager, said: “We are delighted to have worked with Devon County Council and registrants on this project, which connects parts of North Devon to the wider UK rail network. transport, and in turn improves access to sustainable leisure to help businesses around Exmoor thrive.

“We believe that providing good interchange opportunities between bus and rail is essential to support our customers’ ability to complete end-to-end journeys. This is only possible when organizations work together with the determination to make these improvements a success. GWR is committed to continuing this work across our network and we hope to see more integrated and sustainable transport links in the near future.”

Registrants operate the service, which currently operates Monday through Saturday (excluding holidays). However, the new service will operate with limited service on Sundays and public holidays during the summer until October 30. For more information visit https://www.journeydevon.info/

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Melvin Z. Madore