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An influx of mid-life ADL buses to start the year. The recently acquired dual door Enviros are now started to see service with Plymouth Citybus, while Stagecoach have brought in more Dennis Darts for their recent tender wins.
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21 July 2019

Social Media Week 13 July

The last week on social media and elsewhere from the local operators and others that you might have missed for the week just gone 8-14th June


Saturday 13 July

First Kernow:

  • Service A4. Due to extremely inconsiderate parking at Porthtowan, we are currently unable to come into the village .Please go to the end of the road at PorthtowanTurn in order to board the bus. We apologise for the inconvenience
  • Service A5. Unfortunately, due to a breakdown on its way to Padstow, the 14:45 Padstow to Newquay will not be running. We apologise for any inconvenience

Cornwall Live:

Cornwall Fire:


Sunday 14 July

First Kernow:

  • The T2 service Truro - St Ives 08:35 has currently broken down in Truro. We hope to get the service to resume shortly. We will keep you informed with any changes.. UPDATE T2 service is now resuming at Camborne 09:28.
  • Traffic is really slow leaving Truro eastbound along Tregolls Road due to an RTC so please expect long delays to services 27, 50 and 93.
  • Further to our earlier message please note that the 1635 27 service from Truro to St Austell and Bodmin is currently operating around 30 minutes late.

Falcon:

  • #Plymouth the Falcon Service 05.40 Plymouth Coach Station/06.45 Sowton P&R/07.06 Cullompton/07.30 Taunton is delayed by 45 min due to an internal issue. Sorry for the inconvenience
  • Plymouth Falcon from Exeter 12.39 to Plymouth 1355 is currently not running. Due to a flat tyre. We are working to get this service back on the road ASAP. Sorry for any inconvenience.
  • #PLYMOUTH THE FALCON SERVICE FROM BRISTOL CITY CENTER WILL NOT OPERATE. THIS COACH WILL PICK UP SERVICE FROM BRISTOL AIRPORT SOUTHBOUND AT 09.57 AS SCHEDULED. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE
  • #Plymouth Falcon Currently the 1400 off Plymouth is not running due to the coach breaking down in Exeter. Sorry for the inconvenience. 1510 running as normal.

Stagecoach SW:


Monday 15 July

Stagecoach SW:

  • due to unforeseen circumstances the 18 that departs from bank lane at 07.55 and 08.36 will not be running, apologies for the inconvenience..
  • The travelling Elmer has arrived at our Plymouth coach station to celebrate the @ElmerPlymouth trail. Elmer will be with us until Wednesday before hitting the road again for the next location, so come on down and enjoy the fun before it leaves!
  • # PLYMOUTH THE 3 SERVICE FROM MODBURY AT 11.08 FOR PLYMOUTH IS NOT RUNNING DUE TO A BROKEN DOWN VEHICLE
  • This Thursday, we will be marking 100 years of bus travel with the Devon General Society and celebrating the historic Service 2 with a special commemorative bus journey from #Exeter to #Torquay. Join in the celebrations, starting at Exeter Central station at 10am.  @visitexeter

First Kernow:

  • Delays on the U2 are increasing unfortunately. Now around 20-25 minutes as people queue to get to Stithians show.
  • Due to a breakdown the 10:13 21 service St Austell to Newquay is running some 30 minutes late. Apologies for this late running
  • The 11:35 Padstow to Newquay A5 has currently broken in Padstow. A replacement bus and engineering are on the way. Apologies for delays to this service
  • Due to the continued delays between Ponsanooth and Lanner the U2 12:00 Falmouth to Redruth and 12:46 Redruth to Falmouth are unable to operate. The bus will resume from Penryn Campus at 13:13. Sorry for this cancellation Due to traffic congestion in the Ponsanooth and Stithians areas, our L2 services are currently suffering some long delays. We are doing our best to cover the service, this is out of our control. (KL) The traffic around Pelean Cross which has been affecting the U2 is now back to normal. Please expect some short term delays while buses get back to time. Thank you for your patience.
  • Sadly due to the congestion at Stithians the 14:35 L2 service to St Keverne will not be running as the driver has to have their legal break. It will pick up service at Helston College at 15:35 (KL)
  • Due to a serious RTC at St Endellion the 1616 96 service from Delabole to Wadebridge is currently held up in waiting traffic. The driver is trying to turn round and use a diversion route but the service will be delayed as will the 1735 96 service from Wadebridge.
  • The 1615 22 service from Truro to St Austell is currently stopped at St Stephen with a mechanical fault. Engineering are on their way but this delay will also affect the return service from St Austell at 1740. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Plymouth Citybus:

  • SERVICE UPDATE : Due to operational difficulties the #PCB105 from Tavistock to Plymouth is NOT running this morning, the schools have been informed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
  • Service update : We apologise due to a defective vehicle the #PCB11B service in Bodmin is currently unable to run a replacement vehicle is on the way and service will resume as soon as it arrives. We apologise for any inconvenience.  Service update: #PCB11A 1050 Wadebridge - Padstow and 1130 Padstow to Trago Mills are not running due to a broken down bus in Wadebridge. We do apologise for any inconvenience caused.
  • Customer Information: #PCB34 this will now be diverted via The Octogan and Union Street in to town to avoid the heavy build up of traffic on Millbay Road during the viaduct closure work. Buses will be diverted on this route most afternoons from around 3pm to 6pm. ^jb
  • Service update : At 1700 We have some delays between 10 -15 mins on #PCB21 #PCB21A #PCB5 #PCB5A and upto 10 mins on #PCB44 #PCB51 #PCB8 #PCB9. We also have a late running #PCB72 from Polperro due to an RTC. Most other routes are running within about 5 min of time. Safe Journey

Falcon:

  • # PLYMOUTH THE 05.30 FALCON SERVICE IS STILL NOT OPERATING, 06.40 SERVICE FROM PLYMOUTH COACH STATION WILL BE DELAYED BY 45 MIN DUE TO AN INTERNAL ISSUE. PLYMOUTH THE 05.30 AND 06.40 FALCON SERVICE IS NOW RUNNING. BOTH COACHES DELAYED BUT OPERATING. THE 5.30 COACH WILL OPERATE TO BRISTOL AIRPORT ONLY
  • PLYMOUTH THE 07.50 FALCON SERVICE FROM PLYMOUTH WILL BE DELAYED BY 30 MIN.
  • #PLYMOUTH THE 13.00 FALCON SERVICE IS DELAYED BY 50 MIN.
  • #FlySWFalcon Due to a protest in Bristol the Falcon are getting delayed leaving the city, We are sorry for this delay PLYMOUTH due to the earlier protests in Bristol the 1900 falcon service from Plymouth is running 40 minutes late, we are sorry for the delays.

 


Tuesday 16 July

Target Travel

  • Service 59: Due to a breakdown this service is currently not running, we are in the process of getting another bus out.
    we apologise for this inconvenience
  • Service 46s Tamerton Foliot
    Due unforeseen circumstances this bus will not be running today we apologise for the inconvenience

First Kernow:

  • Due to an inconsiderately parked car in West Street we can not serve Penryn on journeys towards Falmouth. Police are on the way. West Street, Penryn is now clear. Buses are back to normal route.
  • All 22 and 25 services are experiencing long delays and diversions due to an RTA at St Stephen. Apologies for any inconvenience caused but outwith our control.

Stagecoach SW:

  • #Sorry to announce that the 0755 service 18 from Briham to Hill Head will not run today. The bus would not start.
  • Due to breakdowns there is only one bus able to run on 18/17 service in Brixham at this time. We are trying our best to rectify the situation as soon as possible. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
  • Due to breakdown on the 6 service at Okehampton into Exeter, the 2015 6 service back to Bude will be operating in excess of an hour late, sorry for any inconvenience.

Megabus:


Wednesday 17 July

First Kernow:

  • The 09.30 M6 Mousehole will not run due to a breakdown engineer on its way

Stagecoach SW:

Falcon:

  • PLYMOUTH unfortunately due to the demonstrations in Bristol our services are delayed by an hour at present, the 1505 from Bristol Airport is the first affected and is 60 minutes late, we are anticipating the same for the next 3 hours, we are doing all we can to get back on time.

Plymouth Citybus:

  • Good Morning Customer Experience are now open to take your calls 01752 662271. We are experiencing some heavy traffic around Manadon at the moment causing delays of 10 -12 mins on #PCB40 #PCB41 #PCB44 #PCB42 #PCB42A #PCB42B #PCB42C services. Sorry for any inconvenience.
  • Midday Service update : All services are running as normal with minor delays in Plymouth average 5 mins. We are aware in Cornwall the #PCB11A is suffering delays due to traffic heading to Padstow and the #PCB72 #PCB73 are experiencing full loads in and around Looe
  • Service #PCB33 1215 from Royal Parade we apologise this bus is not running due to an onboard incident in Western Approach. Sorry for any inconvenience.^
  • Service update : Service #PCB34 inbound will be diverted via The Octogan and Union Street towards Royal Parade between 1500 and 1800 Monday to Friday until further notice. This is due to heavy traffic in the Millbay area while the viaduct is closed. Sorry for any inconvenience
  • Due to late running the 1650 #PCB27 from Royal Parade will service out to Deer Park only. The 1646 #PCB28 from Crownhill inbound will additionally serve Deer Park around 1715. The next inbound Lower Compton service #PCB27A will be 1813 from Estover. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Thursday 18 July

Stagecoach SW:

  • #Barnstaple Due to a breakdown the 0720 21 Ilfracombe to Barnstaple will not operate. Sorry for any inconvenience
  • Exeter - Due to temporary traffic lights in Pinhoe, our 1 & L Services are experiencing delays in peak rush hour traffic, we will do our best to try and minimise disruption.
  • Exeter - Due to the roadworks in Pinhoe we are unable to serve the stops between the Library and Spar shop. The nearest stops will be at Venny Bridges or Parkers Cross.

Falcon

  • Plymouth Falcon - Due to technical difficulties the 07:50 from Plymouth will be at least 1 hour delayed.Sorry for the delay, and thank you for your patience.
  • PLYMOUTH the 1615 falcon service from Plymouth is an hour late due to technical difficulties, we are sorry for the delays #PLYMOUTH the 1745 falcon service from Bristol Cabot Circus is running an hour late due to traffic, we are sorry for the delays.

Plymouth Citybus:

  • #PCB28A This service ONLY is on diversion in both directions due to resurfacing work at Miles Mitchell. 0930-1530 It will use Widey Lane instead and cannot service Charfield Drive. The #PCB28 will still service normal route including Charfield Drive. Sorry for any inconvenience.
  • Service update: The 1135 service 8 #PCB8 from Royal Parade will not be running due to a breakdown. The next departure from Royal Parade will be at 1155
  • Service update : Service #PCB34 inbound will be diverted via The Octogan and Union Street towards Royal Parade between 1500 and 1800 Monday to Friday until further notice. This is due to heavy traffic in the Millbay area while the viaduct is closed. Sorry for any inconvenience
  • Service update: The 1550 service 23 #PCB23 and the 1635 service 24 #PCB24 from Royal Parade will not be running due to unforeseen circumstances. The next departure from Royal Parade will be at 1620 for the service 23 and 1710 for the service 24.
  • The 1650 service 5A #PCB5A from Royal Parade will not be running due to operational difficulties. The next departure from Royal Parade will be at 1710 .Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Service update: The 1945 service 44 #PCB44 from Royal Parade will not be running due to operational difficulties. The next departure from Royal Parade will be at 2015. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Customer Experience are now closed back at 8am tomorrow: Service update at 6pm there are a number of delayed services across the Plymouth Network this evening up to 27 minutes in the worst cases. Please be patient buses are running and we will get you home.

First Kernow:

  • The 38 From Helston to Camborne, & Camborne to Helston the road is closed between Camborne & Praze-an-beeble we are still operating the route via Barriper.
  • Good morning from Camborne Kernow due to road closure on the 38 route to and from Camborne - Helston we cannot service Praze An-Beeble until further notice due to road closure
  • Service 101 - Apologies but due to heavy delays on the 101 from St.Austell Stn to Trinity Street and back, we have made the decision to terminate all journeys until the roadworks are cleared at St.Austell Stn. Any through passengers can use other services to/from South Street. Good news. The traffic light replacement at East Hill,St.Austell has now finished, which means services are returning to normal. Service 101 will now be serving Trinity Street as per timetable. Apologies for any delays over the last week
  • A30 white cross closed so we cannot serve Crowlas rose an grouse. A30 at white cross road now open services all up and running
  • Service 27 the 2120 from St Austell to Bodmin has been diverted by the Police due to a RTC in Lanivet. The 2238 journey from Bodmin to St Austell will also be diverted and not able to serve the section from 5 Ways to Lanivet. We are sorry as this as it is outside our control.

Devon General 100 Years!

  • Our special centenary bus journey from #Exeter will finish at @TorreAbbey in #Torquay this afternoon. The vintage spectacle featuring preserved and decorated vehicles honours 100 years of Devon General buses, which have served the region since 1919. Did you spot them? @VisitDevon

Have you spotted the vintage, commemorative buses this morning as they journey the historic Service 2 route from #Exeter to #Torbay? Join us in celebrating 100 years of bus travel in the region and watch the spectacle as they head down to @TorreAbbey for a celebratory reception. pic.twitter.com/ok8X2C6ird


Friday 19 July

First Kernow

  • Unfortunately due to a fallen tree blocking the road we are currently unable to get down the hill into Fowey. All Service 24 and 25 passengers will need to make their way to the Community School Stop at the top of the hill until further notice. Sorry!
  • the T2 from St Ives to Truro has had mechanical problems at Hayle and the service will resume within the next 15 minutes. sorry for any delay. (TK)

Plymouth Citybus

  • Customer Experience are now open on 01752 662271. Service update at 8am all services are running the majority within 7 minutes of time however the current #PCB44A is running about 20 mins late. It's wet out there please take care on the roads as the holiday get away begins!
  • #PCB28A This service ONLY is on diversion in both directions due to resurfacing work at Miles Mitchell. 0930-1530 It will use Widey Lane instead and cannot service Charfield Drive. The #PCB28 will still service normal route including Charfield Drive. Sorry for any inconvenience.
  • The 1030 service 51 #PCB51 from Derriford Hospital will not be running due to a breakdown. The next departure from Derriford hospital will be at 1050 . Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Service 11A is running Late due to Heavy traffic between Bodmin and Plymouth Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Service update: The 1350 service 51 #PCB51 from Derriford will not be running due to a breakdown. The next departure from Derriford will be at 1410 Please accept our apologies.
  • Traffic is heavy in and around Plymouth on this Friday afternoon. Services are running late as a result. Please bear with us, we're doing the best we can to keep to time.

Megabus

  • Please note - due to a load spill on the M5, between J27 and J24 - Northbound, services will be delayed between Plymouth and Bristol. Our services will follow the diversions in place.
  • The 08:00 M36 service from Plymouth to Newcastle will operate with a delay of approx. 120 minutes, due to the closure of the M5. Stops affected: Birmingham: 13:40 Manchester: 16:30 Leeds: 18:30 Middlesbrough: 19:50 Sunderland: 20:25 Newcastle: 21:05

Stagecoach SW:

  • #Plymouth the 07:30 service 3 from Dartmouth to Kingsbridge is not running due to a breakdown, resuming service at Kingsbridge 08:40 to Plymouth. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
  • #Exeter #Barnstaple Due to a vehicle breakdown, the 0805 155 service from South Moulton to Petroc is not running. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • Exeter - 08:45 '7' Service is running Approx 15Mins late, Sorry for any Inconvenience
  • #Exeter - Due to temporary traffic lights in Pinhoe '1' Services are running approx. 10Mins late, Sorry for any Inconvenience
  • A massive thank you to everyone who took part in our centenary celebrations for Devon General yesterday & came to see the vintage & commemorative buses as they recreated the historic Service 2 route from #Exeter to #Torquay, giving people a glimpse at the history of bus travel.
  • #Barnstaple Services around Barnstaple suffering with delays due to heavier than normal traffic. Sorry for any inconvenience
  • due to operational issues the 16.20 101 service will not be running

Falcon:

  • #Plymouth There is currently a closure on the M5 between junctions 26 and 24 North bound. This is causing our Falcon services to be delayed. Sorry for the inconvenience.
  • #Plymouth The 1200 Falcon Service Plymouth - Bristol will be delayed by 45 minutes. This is the knock on effect due to the earlier closure on the M5. We are sorry for any inconvenience
  • #PLYMOUTH unfortunately due to the earlier M5 delays the 1300 service is not running, we are sorry for the delays caused.
  • PLYMOUTH the 1400 falcon service is going to be approximately 60 minutes late due the earlier M5 oil spill, we are sorry for the delays caused.
  • PLYM the 1400 service will be running a special service which will be from Plymouth - Exeter & Bristol airport to try get back on time. Those who are waiting at the other stops are advised to wait for the 1500 service which will run a normal service, we are sorry for the delays.
  • #PLYMOUTH the 1615 service is currently 45 minutes late due to the earlier M5 oil spill, we are sorry for the delays
  • due to M5 traffic delays the 16.15 falcon service to Bristol will be running 1 hour late .and the 17 20 service running 45 minuets late sorry for inconvenience

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20 July 2019

Devon & Cornwall Transit 164

The weekly look at service changes across Devon & Cornwall. As usual please click through on the Licence number for more details and full route histories on the PTBS web site. Links to Traveline and other timetables and maps are provided below where possible, but always check with the operators own web site for up to date information before you travel!

The following service changes are planned for this coming week 22-28 July:

 

Stagecoach Devon Ltd • PH1020951

As I type this Stagecoach have yet to publish any details of these changes due this next weekend, at least not in the places on their web site you are encouraged to check!

Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH1020951.298  13 Plymouth, Royal Parade Saltash Passage 28-Jul-2019 To revise route in the City Centre.
No details yet published by Stagecoach but now comes into town via Western Approach and then turns at Derrys Cross Roundabout and returns back via Western Approach, avoiding Royal Parade and Drakes Circus.
PH1020951.299  14 Plymouth, Royal Parade Derriford Hospital 28-Jul-2019 To revise the route at Derriford - no details yet published by Stagecoach! see below for the new map (Derriford loop only)

PH1020951.136  21 21A Ilfracombe or Barnstaple Appledore or Westward Ho! 28-Jul-2019 To increase frequency to Croyde and running time to Braunton for the High Summer. No details published so far. Traveline timetables:
PH1020951.305  52 Plymouth, Royal Parade Plympton 28-Jul-2019 To revise the timetable
No details published but new timetables by Traveline. To be honest if there is a difference to the new times I cant see it!

 

The new route for the 14 Derriford loop as from 28 July 2019…

Revised Derriford route of Stagecoach Devon Ltd route 14

Nicholas Eastwood • PH1086607 • Royal Buses

Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH1086607.005  33 Royal Square, St Ives Higher Penderleath Caravan & Camping Park 27-Jul-2019 Route and timetable changes
PH1086607.019  44 St Ives, Royal Square St Ives, Royal Square 27-Jul-2019 Variation to route and timetable 
PH1086607.014  55 St Ives, Royal Square Polmanter 27-Jul-2019

The following forthcoming changes have been registered over the last week

Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes OPERATOR
PH1117103.014  25 Paignton, Totnes Road, Morrisons Paignton, Youngs Park, Youngs Park Road 02-Sep-2019 Route and timetable amended

Service no longer serves Paignton Bus Station
D J WATTS COACH TRAVEL LTD
PH1117103.003  62 Torquay Strand, Harbourside Torquay Strand, Harbourside 02-Sep-2019 Timetable amended D J WATTS COACH TRAVEL LTD
PH1117103.004  64 Torquay, Castle Circus Torquay, Middle Warberry Road 02-Sep-2019 Timetable amended D J WATTS COACH TRAVEL LTD
PH0005305.058 118 Okehampton, Limehayes Road Tavistock Bus Station 02-Sep-2019 Revised timetable DEALTOP LIMITED
PH1020951.038   4 4A 4B Exeter Bus Station Axminster Railway Station 02-Sep-2019 To revise the departure from Kings School to 1538 on Schooldays STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.136  21  etc Ilfracombe or Barnstaple Appledore or Westward Ho! 02-Sep-2019 To re-introduce the winter timetable STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.055 970 Topsham St Peters School 02-Sep-2019 To revise the afternoon departure to 1515 STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.059 971 976 Alphington, Exwick, Pinhoe St Peters School 02-Sep-2019 To reviae the afternoon departure time to 1515 STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1081198.002 164 Kingsbridge Quay Totnes, Royal Seven Stars 02-Sep-2019 Variation to timetable TALLY HO! COACHES LIMITED

 

Stagecoach 34849 FX06AEE

18 July 2019

Citybus Tease…

Your Bus Matters: 25th July 2019

The annual Your Bus Matters event run by Bus Users UK in partnership with Plymouth City Council is back next Thursday 25th July 2019

We'll be on the main Piazza in Plymouth City Centre from 9am until 4pm, with some surprises in store… 

Pop over to see a brand new addition to our fleet and have your chance to win 6 months free bus travel (zone 1 and 2)!

Our Customer Experience team will be on hand throughout the day to help you make the most of our services and chat through any concerns or ideas you might have around using the bus. Whether you're a regular bus user, or simply want to find out more - we're here to listen and help.

See you there.

any guesses?

Plymouth Citybus Fleet Listed - again!

I had to take the old fleet lists off line for a while as they were so far out of date they were pretty worthless. I have though recently started the painful process of rebuilding at least the local fleets so have some progress at last.

I say painful, because the ancient PC I am typing this on is barely powerful enough to run Windows now let alone do anything useful - so even the most simple task can take several minutes waiting for the machine to catch up. At least the end is in sight with a new pc due before the end of the month!

In the meantime the local fleet listings for Plymouth Citybus, Stagecoach, Target Travel, Country Bus, Dartline and Tamar Coaches can be found here  (First Kernow is in progress but is still offline for now)

The most recent changes noted for Plymouth Citybus are the withdrawal of a few more of the older double deckers:

401

Plymouth Citybus 401 PN02XBX

434

Plymouth Citybus 434 X546EGK

485

Plymouth Citybus 485 PK02RDY

487

Plymouth Citybus 487 PK02RFE

The next buses due for withdrawal will be 405 433 440 442 and 480 which will leave the last few Tridents 482 483 484 486 to soldier one for a while longer. Of course plans can always change so don't take these last few buses for granted - they wont be around for ever!