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19 December 2014

Derriford Marjon Link

The fun starts very soon

Staff at Derriford Hospital have received this email giving advance warning of the major scheme starting next year...

As many of you are now aware preliminary works on enhancing the Marjon Link Road started on the 8th December. The purpose of this email is to give staff advance warning of the full commencement of the works from the 5th January 2015 until their estimated completion on the 4th September 2015.

The outline of the scheme, its purpose and schematic drawings can be found on the Plymouth City Council website. If you want to find out more please click on this link: www.plymouth.gov.uk/marjonlinkroad

These works will be undertaken in three simultaneous phases:

  • Improve the roundabout at the top of Marjon Link Road
  • Widen and upgrade Marjon Link Road
  • Widen Derriford Road, install a right hand only turn into the Hospital at the bottom of the Marjon Link Road and install three way traffic lights and pedestrian crossing points at the bottom of Marjon Link Road
The third aspect of this scheme will have the greatest impact on Derriford Road and access/egress from the Hospital. To undertake this safely and allow for the two way flow of traffic along Derriford Road to continue during the works the following traffic management measures will be put in place.

Marjon Link Road will be closed to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians from 05/01/15 – 04/09/15

Traffic entering the Hospital will still be able to travel along Derriford Road and turn right to access the Hospital opposite Marjon Link Road Traffic leaving the Hospital will not be able to exit onto Derriford Road opposite Marjon Link Road but will have to do so by travelling in front of the main entrance and using the mini-roundabout onto Derriford Road

The current Bus Only lane which leaves the Hospital and travels to Derriford Roundabout will be suspended to allow any vehicle to use the Bus Lane to exit the site. We fully appreciate these works will cause disruption to travellers but the plans outlined above will cause less disruption than 3 way temporary traffic lights on Derriford Road would cause for the same duration. Naturally all traffic management measures will be constantly reviewed and varied if required.

Bus Lane

The loss of the full bus lane out of Derriford Hospital and onto Derriford Roundabout is bound to cause some delays to buses serving the area but hopefully the temporary one way system within the Derriford site will help. It should help the 50 I catch as we don't get the luxury of a bus lane out of Derriford and then get caught up with the traffic queuing to get into Derriford.

The scheme detail

www.plymouth.gov.uk marjon_link_road_scheme_drawing.pdf

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18 December 2014

First want to listen to you

Have Your Say About Your Local Plymouth Bus Services

Local bus operator First is currently seeking regular bus users to join its new-look customer panel in Plymouth. The panel is composed of local bus users and organisations with a vested interest in public transport or who represent a group of bus users.

First is currently undergoing a major transformation within its customer service offering. Customer panels throughout its operational areas are be at the heart of Firsts activities with their objectives being to enhance and improve its present services such as those across the south Devon and east Cornwall network. To this end, First is restructuring its Plymouth customer panel which will be formed of between 10 and 15 bus users representing a broad spectrum of community interests. The customer panel will meet on a quarterly basis to discuss any outstanding issues they may have encountered when using First buses. Also attending the meetings is a representative of the independent body, Bus Users UK.

Commenting on the new panel, Natacha Tagholm, Firsts Regional Customer Services Manager - South West & Wales, said: "This Plymouth panel forms a direct link between customers and First. The main aim of the panel is to provide a forum for constructive discussion which can lead to change and input into strategic issues.

"With our current programme of customer service improvements, increasing the membership and breadth of representation on the panel is a positive step change in making it more accountable and involved with our future planning.'

Any groups or individuals who would like to be involved with Firsts Plymouth customer panel should write in the first instance for an application form to buscustomerpanel@firstgroup.com.

First 33421 WA08MVF

Plymouth Citybus Mufti Day

Plymouth Citybus is holding a fancy dress day for drivers on Thursday, December 18, when buses will be driven by a host of characters, from elves and Christmas puddings to cowboys and Scooby Doo. The day raises cash for local children’s charities, and The Herald is asking readers to send in your snaps of festive-looking drivers.

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17 December 2014

PCTPG News

Running Days

Plymouth City Transport Preservation Group (PCTPG ) in association with the Plym Valley Railway  (PVR) are pleased to announce that they have already had their most successful December running days to date.

The Atlantean themed running days held on the 4 Sundays prior to Christmas 2014 have seen ridership on the 51 Coypool to City Centre Park and Ride service increase on previous years events. Ridership too on the PVR North Pole Express has also been at record levels for the event. The group have also had their most successful PVR sales bus takings this year so far. All of which will go into the future restoration work required on the various buses within the collection to keep them on the road or in some cases to return them to the road.

The group is open to all regardless of age and ability and is especially welcoming of family memberships.

Ralph Delbridge Group Chairman said; "We are also in the process of updating our facility at Colebrook including setting up an archive that will be open to the public. Anyone with any items of Plymouth area public transport history including badges, uniform, photographs etc. would be more than welcome to get in touch with us."

He added "PCTPG has had its most successful year so far in 2014 with significant historic vehicle acquisitions and a growth in membership numbers at a time when people don't have a lot of spare capital. We look forward to continuing that success in 2015 and getting to as many shows and events across the South West and further afield as possible and look forward to meeting preservationists from other groups to share experiences and further the bus preservation movement we all enjoy.

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Both photos © Jason Beverley

CJY299

Plymouth City Transport Preservation Group (PCTPG) are pleased to announce the successful acquisition of another former Plymouth bus for on going preservation in the City as part of the groups collection.

Group Member Mike Bojanitz has secured former Plymouth Corporation Leyland PD1 Half Cab 89 CJY 299 which has been out of the city for nearly 10 years stored by another preservationist and returned her to the groups Colebrook depot facility this week.

This is the third significant half cab return to the city by members of the PCTPG this year. In July in time for the Hoe rally Leyland PD2 102 OCO502 was returned to Plymouth. In November the group successfully repatriated rare low height Crossley DD42 335 DJY965 and now in December we had made it a hat trick with the successful return of 89 CJY299.

Mike Bojanitz said "Work is already underway on cleaning her and stripping down the old paint work in order to return her to her former glory, she has also come with a full set of re trimmed seats which will go some way to helping with the restoration."

WNPG Rally 2014: OCO502

© Richard Smith OCO502

M420CCV

In line with the PCTPG's aim of a collection reflecting a true cross section of the vehicles and liveries seen on the City streets across all eras and decades we are pleased to announce a further acquisition for the groups collection this week.

Group member Tom Pearce has secured one of the few surviving former Western National step entrance Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointers. Currently only one other is in preservation. Tom has acquired from the bus from Target Travel of Plymouth who have operated it for a number of years as part of there fleet. Most recently however it has been used as a source of spare parts to keep the other two remaining Plaxton Pointers in there fleet going.

The Dart in Question is M420CCV ex Western National 4420 with Plaxton Pointer Body -see attached photo. Copyright unknown.

Tom said "I hope to return it to the badgers and flags livery it had when new and have it out and about for the 2015 season starting with Penzance. I have already secured a new engine for it from a similar donor vehicle."

The purchase will go some way to balancing out the PCTPG collection with a mix of vehicles of other operators from within the City. The group recently added Olympian ECW C412HJN to its collection despite being new to Eastern National it ran within First group from Torpoint depot for the final few years of its First service life.

First Devon and Cornwall 46420 M420CCV

M420CCV seen on The Hoe back in 2007 freshly repainted.

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More recently it has been with Target Travel, trying to hide its identity under the anonymous SUI8206 registration number

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16 December 2014

First Schools

We have already had the main Plymouth service changes for First from the 4th January, but there are a few other changes that are equally important to some passengers:

Plymouth Schools

Applications To Vary Existing Services: VOSA 11 NOV 2014

PH0004983/75 - FIRST DEVON & CORNWALL LTD, THE RIDE, CHELSON MEADOW, PLYMOUTH, PL9 7JT
  • Variation Accepted:
  • Operating between Roborough Bypass and Tor Bridge High
  • given service number 804/805
  • effective from 05-Jan-2015.
  • To amend Route and Timetable.

Applications To Vary Existing Services: VOSA 04 NOV 2014

PH0004983/120 - FIRST DEVON & CORNWALL LTD, THE RIDE, CHELSON MEADOW, PLYMOUTH, PL9 7JT
  • Variation Accepted:
  • Operating between Woolwell and Coombe Dean School
  • given service number 808/807/809
  • effective from 04-Jan-2015.
  • To amend Timetable.

Details

804 Widewell - Southway - Estover Community College
805 Robourgh - Estover Community College Timetable

First 804

First 805

807 Woolwell - Crownhill - Greenbank - Coombe Dean
808 Peverell - Greenbank - Coombe Dean
809 Peverell - Greenbank - Coombe Dean Timetable

First 807 First 808

One oddity that seems to have been carried over from the previous timetable is that routes 808 and 809 are identical in both the times and the route. Do both services actually run together - ie two buses both operating to the same route and times?

First 34614 K614LAE

On the 805 back in May 2010 K614LAE. These days its pretty much all Trident operation

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