Devizes Passengers is now a sub group of Sustainable Devizes, part of the Transition Town network. Devizes Passengers lobbies for a better public transport service in the Devizes area. It meets at least three times a year.
Devizes is a busy market town and one of Wiltshire’s eight Air Quality Management Areas. As part of the action plan Devizes Passengers is undertaking a review of the Devizes Town Bus services aiming to at least double so that its ridership is not 100% reliant on pass holders. The work has been paid for by developer funding. Following strong objections from left out villages and lobbying from Devizes Passengers concerning the new contract for the flexible Connect2 Wiltshire, the group and others from Pewsey have been funded to work on an Alternative Timetable which could include direct services between Devizes and Pewsey station at peak times.
Wiltshire Council ceased producing all paper-based timetables and there is no real time information in the town centre. Other than TraveLine SW, which we often find wanting, visitors and local residents have no tourist information centre or any other means of accessing timetable information or support in the town centre to plan a journey. Bus information is vital for a market town surrounded by numerous villages, without a railway station. Progress is slow, and modest. Their well regarded spider map published in 2012 is now on the journey planning website www.ConnectingWiltshire.co.uk two years on.
Devizes Passengers were runners up for the Voluntary and Community Sector Partnership Working award in 2012 for their spider map project that is displayed in all the Market Place bus shelters.
In February 2016 Kate from Devizes Passengers wrote a blog about bus cuts for Campaign for Better Transport's website.