In March 2015 Devon County Council (DCC) announced a review of public transport, driven by a need to make significant financial savings.
Healthwatch Devon has submitted a formal response, based on the 300 comments we had as part of our recent Transport to Health survey.
We have urged DCC to take note of that feedback, and to think carefully about how any reductions in public transport might affect the ability of Devon residents to get to the health and care services they need.
We have also recommended that DCC takes soundings from the NEW Devon and the South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Groups, as well as from the Devon Health and Wellbeing Board.
Read our response here: Public transport response Healthwatch Devon
Update July 2015: Following consultation, Devon County Council has announced that reductions in public transport services will go ahead, but not to the level originally planned. DCC has stated that 96% of passenger trips on its supported network will carry on unaffected. You can see more detail here.