Residents in Seaton are relieved and delighted after Stagecoach has listened to their concerns and put on an extra bus for peak-time travel.

The news of an extra bus at 8.02am follows reports by parents that youngsters had been left stranded in the cold at bus stops after changes to the service were introduced at the start of November.

The service will run during term-time mornings through the week.

Seaton parish councillor Ken Slone, who spoke out on the issue two weeks ago, said: “I have spoken to one of the parents and they are overwhelmed. The children are getting to school on-time now. The extra buses have been put on for the kids; I am delighted that Stagecoach has listened.”

MP Mark Jenkinson had also contacted Stagecoach to request that they reconsider the number of buses at peak times. In a post on his Facebook page he said: “I recently undertook to speak with Stagecoach about the 8.02am service that was causing some school travel issues.

“I’m late in announcing this, but I’m glad that having now fully understood the issue, Stagecoach are providing an additional bus at 8.02am each morning to ensure all pupils can get to school on time. I understand that the provision of this additional bus has resolved the issue, and Stagecoach have apologised that they did not resolve the issue quicker, following the change to the timetable from 2nd November.”

A Stagecoach representative said: “We are always happy to listen to passengers' concerns and suggestions following changes to our services and work hard to find a solution to any issues that may surface as a result. The best channel to raise any concerns is with us directly, this will allow us to respond and resolve such issues quickly and effectively.”