The home of anything and everything to do with transport in and around Plymouth for SIXTEEN years
Life has pretty much on hold for everyone at for what seems likes ages but it now looks like things will soon slowly start to open up again.
First South West are planning to come back with a whole host of new leisure services across Cornwall and also back into parts of Devon with the new Dartmoor Explorer especially being very keenly awaited.
Hopefully things will start to get a bit more active here on PT too as I complete my 16th full year of Plymothian Transit!

©did by graham

Plymouth Citybus Open Toppers

18 January 2022

Suspended? possibly..

A comment left on an earlier post that the Dartmoor Explorer was cancelled has been queried – but they are right, or at least it looks like it…

There were 6 service alterations published this week that show the Dartmoor Explorer, Discover Exeter and at least parts of the Atlantic Coaster are suspended until further notice due to covid. That on its own isn't surprising.

What is surprising is just how difficult it is to get confirmation on this as I have not seen it mentioned anywhere by First Kernow on their web site or the facebook pages.

Traveline are still showing the timetables as current but the Adventures By Bus web site is showing these services as Coming Soon!

The Falmouth Coaster does still appear to be running though

 Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective NotesOPERATOR
PH0004983.518 Atlantic Coaster Newquay Bus Station Padstow Old Station Car Park 16-Jan-2022 Temporary suspension of service due to Covid FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
PH0004983.585 Atlantic Coaster Newquay Bus Station St Agnes Institute 16-Jan-2022 Temporary suspension of service due to Covid FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
PH0004983.596 Dartmoor Explorer Plymouth Royal Parade Postbridge 16-Jan-2022 Temporary suspension of service due to Covid FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
PH0004983.597 Dartmoor Explorer Exeter St Davids Postbridge 16-Jan-2022 Temporary suspension of service due to Covid FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
PH0004983.615 Discover Exeter Exeter, St David's Station Exeter, St David's Station 16-Jan-2022 Temporary suspension of service due to Covid FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
PH0004983.608 Falmouth Coaster Falmouth, The Moor Falmouth, The Moor 16-Jan-2022 Temporary timetable variation due to Covid FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED

Right, right, right....

© Nick Rice [cc]

It certainly makes sense to suspend these services at the moment, and they will be back before too long. With covid restrictions being wound down over coming weeks, hopefully staffing levels will increase again. The company clearly has plans for the new season….

16 January 2022

Devon & Cornwall Transit 2022: Week 2

The weekly look back on what has been published on the Registered Local Bus Services site over the last week (two weeks in this case). As always click through for more details including timetables and maps.

With one exception, these are all looking back to changes which have already happened:

  • Stagecoach: Services rerouted due to roadworks in Torquay
  • First South West: Quiet a few timetable changes to school services from the start for the year, although its difficult to see what has changed as there is no mention of any of these on the web site, nothing on Traveline and no new timetables on the FSW web site – although they are clearly having issues with the site itself. If they do surface they will be added to the route pages
  • First Wessex: Rerouting of the X51/X53 in Lyme Regis due to road works there.
  • Country Bus: The only even which hasn't taken place yet – the cancellation of Exeter City service G
 Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective NotesOPERATOR
PH1020951.011 12 Newton Abbot Brixham 03-Jan-2022 Road Closure - closure of Torquay Road (Wheatridge Lane railway bridge) for 7 weeks. STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH0004983.575 270 - 274 Mevagissy, Fowey, St Austell Truro College 04-Jan-2022 Route and timetable variation. No mention on web istes, and no new timetable published on Traveline FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
PH0004983.368 500 Truro College St Mawes Car Park 04-Jan-2022 Route and timetable variation. No mention on web istes, and no new timetable published on Traveline FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
PH0004983.577 660 Brill, Hillcrest Truro College 04-Jan-2022 Route and timetable variation. No mention on website, and no new timetable published on Traveline FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
PH0004983.202 900 Fraddon, Westbourne Terrace Truro College 04-Jan-2022 Variation to route and timetable - the route will be amended to run between Fraddon and Truro via Ladock instead of Carland Cross. In Truro, the route will run via St

Clement Street and Union Street instead of Boscawen Street to avoid running buses through the city centre.
PH0004983.406 900 (950) Wadebridge Bus Station Fraddon, Westbourne Terrace 04-Jan-2022 Route and timetable variation - buses now run to Fraddon and some buses omit St Columb Major FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
PH0004983.407 950 Boscastle, Car Park Wadebridge Bus Station 04-Jan-2022 Variation to timetable and stopping arrangements FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
PH0004983.618 950 Fraddon, Westbourne Terrace Truro College 04-Jan-2022 Monday to Friday Truro College term days only, two buses in each direction No timetable published Traveline FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
PH1017984.132 G Exeter, Hamlin Gardens Exeter, The Quay 22-Jan-2022 cancelled ALANSWAY COACHES LTD
PH1020951.197 Gold (Gold) Torquay Strand Totnes Royal Seven Stars 03-Jan-2022 To curtail most journeys at Paignton during the road closure on Torquay Road at Wheatridge Lane for 7 weeks STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH0006159.414 X53 X51 A1 Bridport Coach Station Axminster Rail Station 04-Jan-2022 Road works will close Lyme Regis Town Centre between 4 January and 18 February 2022, and will require a diversion and revised timetable. FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LIMITED

No changes coming up this next week so thats it for now!

route-X51 route-X53

15 January 2022

Trains to Tavistock?

The much-wanted reopening of the Tavistock to Plymouth rail link has moved up the list of priorities for rail projects.

There has been a long-held ambition for the re-opening the link between Tavistock and Plymouth is to encourage people to use rail services, and the reinstatement of the rail line to Tavistock is identified in the 20-year plan of the Peninsula Rail Task Force.

Before Christmas, Damien Jones, the county’s head of transport coordination, had told West Devon councillors that the restoration of the Tavistock-Bere Alston link had moved up in the list of Department for Transport projects.

Preparatory work has been carried out by Network Rail on signalling at Bere Alston, where the line currently terminates, in advance of the possible return to trains to Tavistock.

It follows the successful reopening of the Okehampton branch last month, and with Devon County Council getting £50,000 towards the next stage of works towards the rebuilding the line between Tavistock and Bere Alston in Devon, connecting Tavistock and Plymouth by rail, work on that business case has begun.

The former Tavistock North station opened in June 1890, but closed on May 6, 1968, as part of the Beeching Axe.

However, the track bed south of Tavistock is almost intact to Bere Alston, where it joins the present-day Tamar Valley Line, with an engineering assessment in 2009 showing that the rail-bed, bridges and tunnels between Bere Alston and Tavistock were in sound condition.

But with the success of the Okehampton railway line reopening, Devon has shown that it can deliver on rail projects, and Government officials have woken up to the fact that bringing the railway back to Tavistock would connect the West Devon market town with Plymouth.

At a recent West Devon meeting, Mr Jones told councillors that while there were hundreds of projects on the shortlist, the reopening of the Tavistock line had been moving up the list as plenty of work had already been done.

“If we can get a business case, we know a number of officers are keen on this project and we could draw down more development funding to get the scheme moving forward,” he added.

The project is being sold as linking Tavistock to Plymouth, rather than Bere Alston were the actual link and line extension would be from, because Plymouth is more well-known than Bere Alston.

The plan would be to run an increased service into Plymouth via St Budeaux and Devonport Dockyard, with signalling ‘solutions’ meaning the line could cope with the increased rail traffic without interfering with the branch line services to Gunnislake.

At Devon County Council’s cabinet meeting on Wednesday, councillors backed a motion calling for more support for the revival of the railways across the whole county, which included the development of the North of Dartmoor line, connecting Plymouth, via Okehampton and Tavistock.

Dave Black, head of planning, transportation and environment, in his report to the cabinet, said: “The Restoring Your Railway Ideas Fund monies secured by the County Council for Tavistock to Plymouth rail line is an important milestone as it means it is now formally recognised by Government as a pipeline rail industry scheme. We have seen with Cullompton Railway Station that the Ideas Fund led to it gaining Strategic Outline Business Case approval and unlocking future development funding.

“We are prioritising this work as the next phase of the northern route railway and hope to build on the momentum gained from the successful Dartmoor Line reopening. This was a hugely successful project showcasing what can be achieved when local authorities, the rail industry and the local community work closely together. The Tavistock to Plymouth Rail business case work involving partners will start in January 2022.

“Decarbonisation of transport and tackling climate change is now a much higher priority for local authorities. While rail is already a low carbon mode of transport, the South West has ageing diesel train fleets and so low carbon traction options, including the transfer of more road freight to rail, are key aspirations for the Peninsula region.”

Will it happen?  I certainly hope so but do worry that the cash just wont be there when its really needed…

Bere Alston 16/08/17

© Foulger Railway Photography [cc] August 2017

A blast from the past:

Bere Alston. 41317 with the Callington branch train. 11.9.58

© Roger Joanes [cc] Bere Alston.

13 January 2022

Citybus Paintshop

Its been a while since there was any fleet news here – partly because not a lot is happening at the moment!

However thanks to Jason Beverley we have some repaint news for Plymouth Citybus:

Plymouth Citybus 167 LX07BXD

167 has now been finished in Transport for Cornwall livery

Plymouth Citybus 565

565 is in being prepped for advert livery / wrap – No details as to what this is yet..

and finally for now..

Plymouth Citybus 522

522 is also in the paint shop – to receive Transport for Cornwall livery