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The undoubted highlight for this month is going to be the all new Plymouth Bus and Classic Vehicle Rally now taken on by the PCTPG.
Meanwhile expect more of the recent Brighton imports for Citybus to be refurbished and swooped. First seem to be stepping up their repaint program, too.

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03 July 2015

Citybus on the net - looking better on the smaller screen

You may have noticed – Plymouth Citybus have a new web site:

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Initial impressions are fairly good with a nice clean design. Its not always clear where you need to click – actually the red +Read More lines are links. These make a bit more sense on the mobile version, which this site is clearly designed for, sadly slightly at the expense of those of us who use big screens. Citybus / Go Ahead are not alone in this by any means.

So, most importantly, what are the timetables like?

Timetables - Plymouth Bus - Plymouth Bus

Now this is where we see that the site has clearly been designed for mobiles over anything else. The grey route information panels look great on mobiles but it all looks a bit too big and clunky on a full size screen. Anyway we click on a route to view timetables, Lets see the 72:

72 - Plymouth Bus - Plymouth Bus

Now on my home PC using Chrome this isnt too bad but when I accessed this at work on a Firefox machine it didn't line up at all well. Hopefully for most people it will work better. You can see that you need to scroll the page left and right to view the full timetables. On a mobile it works really well. There is also a nice handy guide on where to catch the bus on Royal Parade which is a nice touch.When I tried earlier there was no way of downloading printed versions but this has now been sorted. This link does download a full timetable along with other detail and is designed as a double sided A4 landscape printout which can fold into a pocket size timetable.

The map is interesting as what you get are simple route diagrams rather than full maps:

72 - Plymouth Bus - Plymouth Bus  (1)

21-21A - Plymouth Bus - Plymouth Bus

On the mobile these dont show up at all at the moment. I am sure this will be fixed soon but its a shame that better maps can not be made available. If you click on route info you do get a full street by street description of the route which is handy.

21-21A - Plymouth Bus - Plymouth Bus  (1)

So what else can we find?

News & service updates - Plymouth Bus - Plymouth Bus

 

and some pretty good information on the vast range of ticket options now available

Tickets - Plymouth Bus - Plymouth Bus

 

We also get a link to their twitter feed but don't expect to see a lot on there. First are better at this than Citybus but they probably have a bigger team covering the larger area. (There were reports that First are scaling back their twitter updates on the railways though…)

Its early days so hopefully the few minor bugs will be sorted out (several of the minor pages have missing images at the moment – like the “Dennis Dart” page etc. It would be nice to see better mapping too.

One thing it would be good to see soon, especially as their site is designed for mobiles, is much better integration with the Citybus app. Surely it cant be too difficult to link to the new timetables etc from within the app? And then maybe one day we can start to see reliable real time information on all routes?

At the moment I use the First bus app which is by far the best app I have come across and is useful for all routes in Plymouth, not just First – I use it for the 50 all the time! Occasionally you get real time info but otherwise you can get next bus timetabled info for any stop.

What do other think about the new site?

01 July 2015

Plymouth Citybus Route History PH0000135/1

As most will know all standard bus routes have to be registered with VOSA (or whatever they are called this week). These registrations change over time all of which are recorded in Notices & Proceedings. As part of an ongoing project to look at all bus routes in Devon & Cornwall I am slowly going back through the documents to chart all of these changes – not an easy or quick project by any means! I am currently looking at all the Plymouth Citybus registrations in order starting with 1. The very latest route registered is number 173 which give you an idea of the work involved.

So here we have the first in the series for Plymouth Citybus Registrations starting with

Route PH0000135/1: 16

  • 15 April 2002: Route registration “Plymouth Circular”
  • 29 September 2002: [16 16B] To amend Route, Stopping Places and Timetable
  • 23 May 2004: [16 16B 16S] To amend timetable between Royal Parade and Kings Tamerton
  • 28 May 2006 [16 16B] Amend Route & Timetable
  • 28 October 2007: [16 16B] Amend Route & Timetable
  • 30 December 2007: [16 16B] Amend Timetable
  • 23 November 2008: [16 16B]: Amend Route & Timetable
  • 05 July 2009: [16 16B] Amend Timetable
  • 28 November 2010 [16 16B]: Amend Route & Timetable
  • 05 May 2013 [16] Amend Timetable: Service 16 has been re-timed to improve reliability with services operating every 15 minutes for more of the day than at present. Service 16B is to be replaced with Service 16. (Services to Holly Park being covered by changes to the Service 43B) Sunday will see services in Kings Tamerton increased from the current hourly to every 30 minutes during the day evening services will continue to be provided on an hourly basis.
  • 27 July 2014 [16] Amend Timetable: Service 16: Changes to the 17:32 Service Monday to Saturday with this Journey changing to depart 17:40
  • 12 April 2015 [16] Amend Route & Timetable: Departs from Royal Parade A1. Outbound serves Western Approach and inbound serves Cobourg Street and Viaduct. Monday to Saturday now up to every 20 minutes, Sunday up to every 30 minutes.
Plymouth Citybus Route 16

15 December 2010

Plymouth Citybus 134 WA56HHP 15 December 2010

10 July 2014

Plymouth Citybus 069 10 July 2014

18 July 2015

Plymouth Citybus 016 R116OFJ

30 June 2015

Devon Transit 013 29 June

Welcome to Devon Transit 012

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First Plymouth have given advance notice for a few changes to Plymouth services in August, these include the first alterations to the 2 since competition with Plymouth Citybus joining in the fun. Stagecoach also have a few changes announced for August along with one or two services changing in the next week or so. Finally we have Local Link service 60-62 new timetables starting early July.

Route News

First Plymouth Route 1 1A Plymouth – Saltash

New VOSA Notice:

  • PH0004983/335 -
  • FIRST DEVON & CORNWALL LTD, THE RIDE, CHELSON MEADOW, PLYMOUTH, PL9 7JT 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Plymouth Royal Parade and Saltash 
  • given service number 1/1A 
  • effective from 18-Aug-2015. 
  • To amend Timetable.

First Plymouth Route 2: Royal Parade – Mount Batten

New VOSA Notice:

  • PH0004983/337 
  • FIRST DEVON & CORNWALL LTD, THE RIDE, CHELSON MEADOW, PLYMOUTH, PL9 7JT 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Plymouth Royal Parade and Mount Batten 
  • given service number 2 
  • effective from 18-Aug-2015. 
  • To amend Timetable.

First Plymouth Route 3 Royal Parade – St Budeaux – Honicknowle

New VOSA Notice:

  • PH0004983/336 
  • FIRST DEVON & CORNWALL LTD, THE RIDE, CHELSON MEADOW, PLYMOUTH, PL9 7JT 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Plymouth Royal Parade and St Budeaux Square 
  • given service number 3 
  • effective from 18-Aug-2015
  • To amend Route and Timetable.

Stagecoach Route 18X: Brixham – Kingswear

New Registration on VOSA:

  • PH1020951/233 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A Stagecoach South West, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Registration Accepted
  • Starting Point: Brixham
  • Finish Point: Kingswaer
  • Via:
  • Service Number: 18X
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping
  • Effective Date: 27-AUG-2015
  • Other Details: Operates the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Dartmouth Regatta week in August each year

Local Link Route 60: Paignton – Torquay

Previous VOSA

  • PH1052309/2 - CHELSTON LEISURE SERVICES LTD T/A DIAL-A-BUS,
  • LONG ROAD, PAIGNTON, TQ4 7BL 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between TORQUAY and PAIGNTON 
  • given service number 60 
  • effective from 06-Jul-2015. *
  • To amend Timetable.
  • Timetable: 60 Torquay - Livermead – Paignton

* Traveline SW have the new timetable starting from the 1st July

 

Local Link Route 61 Paignton - Livermead – Torquay

Previous VOSA

  • PH1052309/1 - CHELSTON LEISURE SERVICES LTD T/A DIAL-A-BUS, 
  • LONG ROAD, PAIGNTON, TQ4 7BL
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Paignton Bus Station and Castle Circus Library 
  • given service number 61 
  • effective from 06-Jul-2015.  *
  • To amend Timetable.
  • Timetable: 61 Paignton - Livermead – Torquay

* Traveline SW have the new timetable starting from the 1st July

Local Link Route 62: Torquay – Cockington

Previous VOSA

  • PH1052309/3 - CHELSTON LEISURE SERVICES LTD T/A DIAL-A-BUS, 
  • LONG ROAD, PAIGNTON, TQ4 7BL Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Torquay Strand and Torquay Strand 
  • given service number 62 
  • effective from 06-Jul-2015. *
  • To amend Timetable.
  • Timetable: 62 Torquay - Cockington – Torquay

* Traveline SW have the new timetable starting from the 1st July

 

Stagecoach Route 158: Exmouth - Colaton Raleigh

New Registration on VOSA:

  • PH1020951/231 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A Stagecoach South West, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB
  • Registration Accepted by SN
  • Starting Point: Exmouth Bus Station
  • Finish Point: Bicton College
  • Via:
  • Service Number: 158
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping
  • Effective Date: 06-JUL-2015
  • Other Details: Mondays to Fridays except Bank Holidays, 3 journeys in each direction from 6.7.15 until 28.8.15 inclusive and at similar periods each year.
  • Timetable: 158 Exmouth - Colaton Raleigh
Stagecoach 158

Stagecoach Route 164: Totnes – Salcombe

New VOSA Notice:

  • PH1020951/159 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A Stagecoach South West, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Totnes Royal Seven Stars and Salcombe 
  • given service number 164 
  • effective from 30-Aug-2015. 
  • To amend Timetable.

Stagecoach Route B: Exeter – Dawlish

New VOSA Notice:

  • PH1020951/74 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A Stagecoach South West, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted by SN: 
  • Operating between EDF Energy and Exminster & Dawlish 
  • given service number B/2B 
  • effective from 26-Jun-2015. 
  • To amend Route.

New Timetable: B Monkerton - Exminster

Due to the closure of Pinn Lane, our B service will no longer serve the Met Office or Honiton Road Park and Ride. The service will finish at EDF Energy. Please use the stops on Cumberland Way,  Ambassador Drive or Grenadier Way, served by the new B route

B Monkerton - Exminster

First Plymouth Route PR1 The George > Milehouse > City Centre Park & Ride

VOSA

  • PH0004983/278 - FIRST DEVON & CORNWALL LTD, 
  • THE RIDE, CHELSON MEADOW, PLYMOUTH, PL9 7JT 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between THE GEORGE PARK AND RIDE SITE and PLYMOUTH (Royal Parade) 
  • given service number PR1 
  • effective from 18-Aug-2015. 
  • To amend Timetable.

First Plymouth Route PR2: Coypool > City Centre Park & Ride

VOSA

  • PH0004983/294 - FIRST DEVON & CORNWALL LTD, 
  • THE RIDE, CHELSON MEADOW, PLYMOUTH, PL9 7JT
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Coypool Park & Ride Site and Royal Parade 
  • given service number PR2 
  • effective from 18-Aug-2015. 
  • To amend Timetable.

English Riviera Tours – Sightseeing 2 Torquay – Paignton

VOSA

  • PH1120865/2 - ANTHONY SLATER AND COLIN BOWDEN T/A ENGLISH RIVIERA TOURS, THE FIRS, RATHMORE ROAD, TORQUAY, TQ2 6NU
  • Registration Accepted
  • Starting Point: Paignton, Torbay Road
  • Finish Point: Paignton, Torbay Road
  • Via: Torquay Sea Front, Torquay Harbour
  • Service Number: Sightseeing 2
  • Service Type: Excursion or Tour
  • Effective Date: 05-JUL-2015
  • Other Details: July until end of September for 2015 and May until end of September thereafter.

Stagecoach Route X64: Exeter Dartmouth / Salcombe

New VOSA notices:

  • PH1020951/46 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A Stagecoach South West, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Exeter Bus Station and Totnes Coronation Road 
  • given service number X64 
  • effective from 27-Aug-2015. 
  • To amend Timetable.
  • PH1020951/199 -
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A Stagecoach South West, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Totnes Royal Seven Stars and Dartmouth 
  • given service number X64 
  • effective from 27-Aug-2015. 
  • To amend Timetable

Other News

AN EVENING bus service between Brixham and Dartmouth is being brought back by Stagecoach – but only during the three days of Dartmouth Regatta.The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta runs from Thursday, August 27, to Saturday, August 29, and is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors to enjoy not only sailing and rowing but also fireworks, an air display programme that includes the Red Arrows, live music and sports events. Torbay Council confirmed that Stagecoach has registered bus route 18X with a double decker to operate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Dartmouth Regatta week only, from Brixham Town Square to Kingswear Banjo via Churston and Kennels Road. Outbound buses will leave Brixham Town Square Stand A hourly from 8.30pm to 11.30pm, while inbound buses will leave Kingswear Banjo hourly from 9pm, with the last at midnight. Stagecoach stopped running the evening service on March 30 due to Torbay Council's withdrawal of bus subsidies, which led to the formation of a 'Save the 18' community campaign.

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Stagecoach Fleet News

Stagecoach has invested over £2 million in 18 new buses with on-board wi-fi for Exeter. The 18 new buses – worth a total of £2.1m – for Exeter’s E and F1/F2 routes are equipped with free wi-fi, allowing customers to connect, share and play on the move The launch of the new vehicles will take place in Bedford Square, Princesshay on Wednesday, July 1, at 10am with the first 10 vehicles going into service that day and the rest to follow across the month. Stagecoach South West representatives, local stakeholders, Radio Exe and Exeter’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Olwen Foggin, will all attend. Members of the public are also welcome and will have the opportunity to look round one of the new vehicles as well as claim one of 50 free Group Explorer vouchers or other freebies. Stagecoach South West is also launching a month-long competition to win an iPad and a year’s free bus travel. To enter, visit stagecoachbus.com/southwest. The winner will be selected at random after July 31

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29 June 2015

487 in full glory

She teased us last week...

Plymouth Citybus 487 PK02RFE

So its great to see her out in the sun looking fantastic

Plymouth Citybus 487 PK02RFE

© Richard Smith