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13 December 2017

Stagecoach Devon Christmas Services

We conclude our look at bus services over the festive period with a look at what Stagecoach are doing in the rest of Devon

The basic pattern is as follows:

  • 17 - 23 December: Normal school holiday services
  • 24 December: Sunday service. Last buses aprox 20:00
  • 25 December: No service
  • 26th December: Boxing Day service on selected routes
  • 27-30 December: Saturday service
  • 31 December: Sunday service. Last buses aprox 20:00
  • 1st January: No service
  • 2nd January: Normal service resume

Exeter:

We'll be running local bus services right through the holiday season, only taking a break on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. There'll be special timetables on our A, E, F1, F2, 5, 9 and 57 routes on Boxing Day

Exeter 1 Exeter 2

North Devon

North Devon Torbay torbay

Once again full credit to Stagecoach for providing good clear publicity for their Christmas arrangements, something which many other operators fail miserably at!

12 December 2017

Devon & Cornwall Transit 080

Bus services across Devon & Cornwall that are due to change in the next week and new announcements for future changes received in the last week.

Highlights this week:

  • Travel Cornwall new timetable for 453
  • First Kernow new timetable for the M6 for the duration of the Mousehole Christmas Lights
  • First Kernow make very slight change to the 55 55A timetable from this week (late notice change)
  • Stagecoach give advance notice of the cancellation of the 89 local service in Tavistock in February

PTI FSW

55     Camelford - Wadebridge / Bodmin  FIRST SOUTH WEST LTD PH0004983.526

  • Licence: PH0004983.526
  • Operator: FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
  • Address: UNION STREET, CAMBORNE, TR14 8HF, GB
  • Route Number: 55 (55A)
  • Start Point: Camelford
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: Bodmin/Wadebridge
  • Other Details: Timetable amended
  • Received: 05-Dec-17
  • Effective: 11-Dec-17
  • Accepted: 06-Dec-17
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • Event Description:  Variation Accepted by SN
  • Initial Published: DCT080
  • Final Published: DCT080
  • There is a slight change to one early morning journey. Its not deemed significant enough for First to mention it anyway or alter their own timetables!

Timetable Header: 55 55A

55

M6     Penzance - Gwavas/ Mousehole FIRST SOUTH WEST LTD PH0004983.172

  • Licence: PH0004983.172
  • Operator: FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
  • Address: UNION STREET, CAMBORNE, TR14 8HF, GB
  • Route Number: M6
  • Start Point: PENZANCE Bus Station
  • Via: NEWLYN
  • End Point: MOUSEHOLE
  • Other Details: To operate an amended timetable during the period of the Mousehole Lights from 17 December 2017 to 6 January 2018.
  • Received: 16-Nov-17
  • Effective: 17-Dec-17
  • Accepted: 22-Nov-17
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P:  2623
  • N & P Section: Applications to Vary Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice (3.4)
  • Event Description:  Variation Accepted by SN
  • Initial Published: DCT078.
  • Final Published: DCT080.
  • Between the 16th of December & 6th of January service M6 will terminate & commence after 17:00 from the Old Coast Guard Hotel Mousehole.
  • In addition on the night of the switch on we will be operating an additional service 6B operating directly between Penzance & Mousehole between 17:00 & 20:05 towards Mousehole, with return journeys to Penzance  commencing from 19:30.

Timetable M6 

First South West M6

PTI SCD

    89     Tavistock - Bishopsmead  STAGECOACH DEVON LTD PH1020951.240

    • Licence: PH1020951.240
    • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
    • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
    • Route Number: 89 (89)
    • Start Point: Tavistock Bus Station
    • End Point: Bishopsmead/Courtlands Road
    • Other Details: To Cancel registration
    • Received: 08-Dec-17
    • Effective: 05-Feb-18
    • Accepted: 09-Dec-17
    • Event Type: Cancelled applications
    • Event Description:  Cancellation Accepted
    • Initial Published: DCT080
    • Final Published: DCT087
    • (Due to transfer to Target Travel I understand)

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    PTI TC

    453     Mount Folly - Tregonetha SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD PH1011427.074

    • Licence: PH1011427.074
    • Operator: SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
    • Address: ST. AUSTELL STREET, THE OLD COACH GARAGE, SUMMERCOURT, NEWQUAY, TR8 5DR, GB
    • Route Number: 453
    • Start Point: Bodmin, Mount Folly
    • Via: Victoria
    • End Point: Tregonetha
    • Other Details: Timetable changed
    • Received: 11-Oct-17
    • Effective: 11-Dec-17
    • Accepted: 12-Oct-17
    • Event Type: Variation applications
    • N & P:  2619
    • N & P Section: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
    • Event Description:  Variation Accepted
    • Initial Published: CT074.
    • Final Published: DCT080.

    Timetable Header: 453

    453

    11 December 2017

    Its Nearly Christmas

    As promised I can now bring you the official schedule for Christmas services from Plymouth Citybus:

    On Christmas Eve and New Years Eve our services will terminate early, around 8pm. This is so drivers are able to spend time with their families over the festive period. Times shown are for the last departures. if your service is not shown the full timetable will operate.

    PLYMOUTH CITYBUS SERVICES

    Plymouth Citybus Christmas 2017

    Meanwhile over the border…

    First Kernow Christmas Services

    Week commencing 17-12-17

    Late services on U1 as coded within our timetable operating mostly between Penryn university campus and Falmouth The Moor will not operate whilst the University is in recess. 

    Service U3 will also not operate until the 8th of January 2018. 

    Service 21 will operate the coded not college day trips for the duration of this week.

    Please note services operating for Truro & Penwith college will only operate until the 20th

    In line with the published term dates for community and voluntary-controlled schools all School day coded trips will end on the 20th and coded school holiday trips will operate on the 21st & 22nd.

    Week commencing 24-12-17

    • Sunday-  Normal operation of service.
    • Christmas & Boxing day-  No service.
    • 27/28/29th- Saturday service with the following adjustments for service 101 and Park & Ride for Truro. 101 & PR1A (Langarth Park - RCH Treliske) will operate the Monday to Friday timetable. Service 66 will operate on the Friday only.
    • Saturday Normal operation of service.

    Week commencing 31-12-17

    • Sunday- Normal operation of service.
    • New Year’s Day- No service, With the exception of service 101 which will operate a public holiday service providing links between St Austell train station & The Eden Project.
    • The remainder of the week, in line with the published term dates for community and voluntary-controlled schools coded school holiday trips will operate on the 2nd & 3rd.  4th & 5th colleges and school coded trips will recommence.
    • Saturday Normal operation of service.

    Week commencing 07-01-18

    Normal service operation will resume

    Other Operators?

    I would like to bring you an update on Christmas services from the other smaller operators in Devon & Cornwall but none of them have anything to tell us. That just leaves Stagecoach Devon. We have already seen what they are doing in Plymouth, so the rest of Devon will follow this week (after Devon & Cornwall Transit tomorrow…)

    07 December 2017

    Asking the punters

    Both Plymouth Citybus and Stagecoach are asking their passengers questions…

    Disability Bus Service Open Session

    Plymouth residents are invited to have their say on how the city's bus services could be improved for the disabled community at an open session we are holding at Derriford Hospital.

    The event will take place on Wednesday 13 December from 10.00 until 16.00 in front of the disabled car park at Derriford Hospital.

    One of our new fleet of buses will be parked up at the event for people to board and leave their comments around accessibility.

    Health and safety team members, senior inspectors, customer service managers and accessibility teams from Citybus will be present throughout the day to offer advice and take any comments or questions around disabled access to buses.

    Ann Wilkinson, Inclusion and Outreach Manager at Plymouth Citybus, said: "We want to hear directly from members of the community who use our services and non-users too so we can learn about their experiences - good or bad.

    "Citybus is committed to making bus transport accessible for everyone. We want to be as inclusive of the local community as we can be. Any comments we receive on the day will help frame how we improve travel for disabled passengers in future."

    Stagecoach Consultation

    We would like to hear your views on the changes we recently made to our 2/2A/2B bus route which serves Mount Batten, Hooe, Plymstock, St Budeaux and Saltash. 

    In particular, we are looking for your thoughts on the increased frequencies in the Plymstock area and which of the following options local residents in Hooe and Mount Batten would prefer:

    1. To restore a through link to Plymouth Station, St Budeaux and Saltash* 

    or

    2. The continuation of the separate 2B service

    *This would mean replacing some of the additional journeys that now serve Elburton with journeys to Mount Batten

     

    We're also interested in any other feedback, particularly in relation to any additional links or connections on this service that we could help provide.

    Please email your feedback to plymouth@stagecoachbus.com no later than Friday 8 December.

    Whilst all feedback is welcome, unfortunately we won't be able to get back to everyone individually.

     

    Stagecoach Devon 34777 PX55EFG