Three bus services across Torbay have been given a boost following campaigning by Liberal Democrats and the community. The 60 bus service, which serves residential areas between Torquay Harbour and Paignton bus station, has had a more reliable bus provided to ensure greater reliability. The 65 bus service has made a welcome return. It serves the town centre and Torbay Hospital, connecting communities such as the Lyme View estate, the Willows and Hele to these locations.
The 67 bus service, which mostly serves Brixham, has been replaced with a dial-a-bus service from Brixham to Torbay Hospital. The Torbay Community Developent Trust will be running the service using volunteer drivers. If you have a PSV licence and would like to volunteer to help you can contact the Torbay Community Development Trust on 212638 and ask for Richard Bray.
Ellacombe Councillor Cindy Stocks said “Last year the Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council amended the council’s transport capital programme to allow money from the programme to help fund these services. We also proposed a further amendment that transferred £60,000 to a section of this plan that particularly supports buses.”
She went on to say “Our bus services continue to be under threat. Torbay Council is the only authority in the South West that chooses not to fund any bus subsidies from local tax payers. As part of this year’s budget the Liberal Democrat group proposed that there should be a £150,000 bus subsidy fund. Sadly, this was rejected by Torbay’s Conservative-run council.”