Changes to the Dartmouth Lower Ferry

From South Hams District Council

Changes to Dartmouth Lower Ferry service

Despite best laid plans to trial a two-float service for the entire festive period, Dartmouth Lower Ferry will now unfortunately have to reduce to one float for the last few days over New Year. This will happen from Thursday 28 December and continue for five weeks.

This is due to the Higher Ferry’s own maintenance period needing to be juggled with the essential maintenance of the Lower Ferry’s Tom Casey float. Both Higher and Lower ferries work together to ensure there is enough capacity to support communities crossing the River Dart at all times.

The Christmas double running as promised does continue at all other times.

Dartmouth Lower Ferry’s two-float service will begin again on Monday 5 February 2024.

The reduction in service also means the Lower Ferry can fully support Maritime Coastguard safety inspections. These essential inspections on each of the tugs and floats make sure they are first and foremost safe and fit for all passengers, but also that the annual passenger certificate continues.

The new single and double ferry timetable will be as follows, so please make a note:

Double ferry running

Monday 11 December – Wednesday 27 December

Single ferry running

Thursday 28 December to Sunday 4 February

Double ferry running

Monday 5 February onwards

South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Community Services; Operations and Leisure, Cllr Victor Abbott, said: “While we are disappointed to not be able to complete the trial for the New Year part of the festive period, we’re pleased that we can continue to offer double running still over the important Christmas and Boxing Day when family and friends are more likely to gather. Our team will be working as quickly as possible over the New Year to make sure your celebrations are not slowed down by the single running ferry.

“This essential maintenance will mean we can continue to offer a smooth-running service in the new year, as well as support with the demand when the Higher Ferry enters its own maintenance period.”

Local Dartmouth District Ward councillors, Cllrs Jonathan Hawkins, Ben Cooper and Ged Yardy, all agree: “We are very lucky to have such a hard-working team that always make sure that our ferry service runs efficiently and professionally in all weathers, and we thank them for their dedication and support.”

For more information on the ferry, please visit:

Temporary Alterations to the 3 and 93 Bus Services

Devon County Council’s Integrated Public Transport Manager released the following on 15 December 2023

You may be aware that Dartmouth Hill, Stoke Fleming will be closed from 2nd January to 28rd March 2024 to rebuild a retaining wall, and Church Street (and other adjacent roads) in Modbury will be closed from Monday 8 January until 9 February 2024 to allow South West Water to reline water pipes.  Both of these road closures are on the A379 which is the route for the 93 bus service from Dartmouth to Kingsbridge & the 3 bus service from Kingsbridge to Plymouth.

This will result in considerable impact to these bus services because of the diversionary routes needed to circumnavigate the two road closures.  We have been working closely with Stagecoach to find solutions that mitigate the impacts. Set out below an overview of what will happen through each phase of the closures.

Click here to see the temporary Modbury and Stoke Fleming timetable

Phase 1: 2nd January – 7th January 2024

Stoke Fleming Closure only.

During this phase the 93 bus service will be diverted around Stoke Fleming via Dartmouth – A3122 – Oldstone Cross – Bowden – Strete.

This diversion should not take that much more time over the normal route.  We are anticipating that the bus will broadly remain on time so the timetable will not be altered.  Stoke Fleming will be served with a shuttle bus to Dartmouth, operated by Stagecoach throughout the morning and afternoon.  The shuttle bus is timed to maintain links to education, work, health and shopping needs in Dartmouth.

Phase 2: 8th January – 9th February 2024.

Stoke Fleming and Modbury Road Closure

The 93 will continue on its diversion around Stoke Fleming, but the 3 bus service will also be diverted around Modbury via Harraton Cross – California Cross – B3196 – Kitterford Cross – A3121 – Hollowcombe Cross.

This diversion will take an extra 40 minutes to navigate which will mean the 3 & 93 will have to run to a reduced timetable to accommodate the extra running time.  Within this timetable we have continued to maintain links to education, work, health and shopping needs in Plymouth, Kingsbridge and Dartmouth.  To achieve this, journey times, length of service though the day and the frequency of buses will be impacted.

The Stoke Fleming shuttle bus will continue to operate to Dartmouth and a second shuttle bus from Modbury to Yealmpton will also operate.  This shuttle bus is timed to connect with the 3 bus service at Yealmpton with some journeys extending to and from Plymouth. One journey will also operate to Harraton Cross on school days to ensure students can get to Kingsbridge Community College.

Phase 3: 10th February – 28rd March 2024.

Stoke Fleming Road Closure only.

As per Phase 1, the Stoke Fleming shuttle bus will continue to operate, and the 3 & 93 bus services will revert to their normal timetables.


I hope this briefing provides you with sufficient detail to keep you posted, but should any queries arise please email the Devon Bus Mailbox:

Kind regards

Michael Tucker
Integrated Public Transport Manager
Transport Co-ordination Service
Matford Offices
County Hall
Topsham Road

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

From Devon County Council’s Flood and Coastal Risk Management

Our latest Local Flood Risk Management Strategy newsletter is now available on our website in an accessible format here: and also attached here as a PDF, giving an update on the ongoing work and activities as part of Devon’s Local Flood Risk Management Strategy and Lead Local Flood Authority role over the last 6 months.

The next newsletter is intended for Summer 2024. If you have any comments or any particular content that you wish to see included in future, please do get in touch.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in the South Hams this Christmas

South Hams District Council have recently issued new advice about recycling, reusing and waste reduction over the Christmas period.

Their guide to Christmas collection dates along with other helpful recycling information may be found here. The full bulletin may be viewed in web form here.

The main collection changes are detailed below

Don’t forget that garden waste collections are suspended from Sunday 17th December and resume on Monday 15th January 2024

FREE Town Centre Parking this Christmas

South Hams District Council is offering free parking in local towns, for Christmas Shopping and to support local events.

Visit Totnes, Modbury, Ivybridge, Kingsbridge, Salcombe and Dartmouth this holiday season and enjoy the festive atmosphere while shopping.

The FREE ALL DAY parking events are to be held on the following days, at:

  • Modbury on Saturday 9 December
  • Ivybridge on Saturday 9 December
  • Totnes on Wednesday 13 December
  • Dartmouth on Friday 15 December
  • Kingsbridge on Saturday 16 December
  • Salcombe on Saturday 16 December

South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Community Services and Operations, Cllr Victor Abbott, said:

“With Christmas being such an expensive time of the year, especially with the cost of living crisis, we would like to help to do something to ease the burden in some way for everyone. If we can encourage shoppers to the high street, it will help to support our local businesses.

Please take advantage of the chance to park for free in our town centre car parks and enjoy the community festive atmosphere and Christmas lights.”

Council helping residents with their energy costs

In a recent news release, South Hams District Council said:

“Lower income households could save between £220 and £400 a year on energy bills with the support of South Hams District Council.

The Council is helping households across the District improve the energy efficiency of their home and is encouraging residents to check whether they are eligible for an upgrade to their current heating systems and insulation.

The improvements will help lower income households whose homes are in most need of upgrading. They will also help address climate change issues, one of the Council’s top priorities.

Residents who can benefit will have a combined gross household income of less than £31k each year, and are also living in the most poorly performing properties as measured by their Energy Performance (EPC) (D-G properties): and are not heated from the gas grid.

Eligible residents will benefit from a solution for the whole home. This would start with improving the fabric of the home first – increasing insulation, such as exterior wall, cavity wall or loft, and then low-carbon heating such as heat pumps.  Homes will be surveyed, and improvements will be designed specifically for each property’s needs. ”

Further information may be found at:

Scam Alert from Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police issued the following alert on Friday 10th November 2023:

We have received recent reports of scams involving cars advertised for sale. This scam involves two males arranging viewings of cars advertised for sale, when the males arrive, one distracts the owner whilst the other looks under the bonnet and tampers with the vehicle so it will smoke or not run properly, the males will then point out the problem to the owner and ask for a discount on the car.

If anyone comes to view your vehicle, be vigilant, ask a friend to be with you if possible. Do not leave the potential buyers alone with the vehicle or allow them the opportunity to tamper with the vehicle. If an issue is noticed during the viewing or test drive, do not lower the price without having the vehicle examined by your own independent mechanic. Do not accept any deal that you are not happy with.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via our website here or by phoning 101 quoting 50230295927.

All reports of this nature also need to be reported to Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 or online

Funding Opportunities

Karen Dent, the Sport and Community Development Officer for South Hams and Devon Outreach, has identified some funding opportunities which may be of interest.

The web links are below:

Karen may be contact by email at:

A379 Closure in East Charleton, 13/11/23 – 08/12/23

A379 Closure. East Charleton 13th Nov – 8th Dec. 9am – 3.30pm
A road closure notice has been issued for the A379 in Charleton for drainage works at the bottom of Daniels Lane from 13th November until 8th December. It is hoped that the work will be completed before that end date.
It is a day-time closure from 0900 — 1530, the road will be open again during the evening/early morning and at weekends.

Changes to the recycling and food wast collection service

South Hams District Council recently announced that there are to be changes coming to the recycling and food waste collection service in South Hams.

In short, the upcoming changes mean that everyone will be on the same service, using kerbside boxes, a white reusable sack and a food waste caddy to present their recycling each week. The changes mean that some residents might have a different day for their recycling and black bin collection. Any collection day changes will be explained in a letter to be sent out to each household shortly.

Residents can also check their collection day online at from 18th November.

To explain more, there will be a series of roadshows over the next few weeks, where people can come and talk about the changes.

For more information, and to see the roadshow timetable, go to: Recycling Changes Bulletin