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August is usually fairly quiet with everything gearing up for the new timetables in September. Citybus are preparing their Volvo Wrights into Blue Flash for the 42. It seems First are making a few fleet changes ready for September too - watch this space!
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01 September 2014

Life after Plymouth: L124YOD

L124YOD

© Kenneth Aveyard

I don't know if you've had this one before, but I've been catching up on captioning a massive backlog of pictures and came across this one. Richard Taunton College in Southampton L124YOD formerly operated by Xelabus and I think still garaged by them. Seen in Eastleigh on 30 June 2014.

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30 August 2014

Its Blue and its Flash

As promised –Plymouth Citybus  102 in Blue Flash ready for the 'new' 42 on Sunday. Plymouth Citybus 102 WA12ACU Plymouth Citybus 102 WA12ACU

Thanks to Brian for the photos!

29 August 2014

Two weekends of change: Part One

Don't forget this weekend sees several Plymouth Citybus services change.  Then the following weekend we get a few changes for First and one for Jacketts Coaches. The question I have heard the most from non-enthusiast friends: Why cant all the changes be made at the same time? I know there are all sorts of reasons why the companies themselves cant coordinate the changes, but you would think there must be some way that these things can be sorted!

31 August 2014

Changes to Monday to Friday evenings only – Service 5A between Royal Parade and Saltash will not run after 19:00. Service 5 will continue to serve Saltash from Royal Parade, last bus departing from Royal Parade at 23:08. Service 5 / 5A will continue to operate a combined 30 minute evening service between Royal Parade and Plymstock.

Plymouth Bus Services: 5 5A

31 August 2014

There will be adjustments to some early evening journeys.

Plymouth Bus Services: 21 21A

31 August 2014

Additional journey from Derriford Hospital to City Centre at 17:08 on school days. Short trips in the evenings between Royal Parade and Transit Way withdrawn. Service 29 to Derriford Hospital in the evenings will still serve Transit Way. Last two trips to Derriford on a Sunday will run 20 minutes earlier. Slight change to departure times on Saturdays.

Plymouth Bus Services 29

31 August 2014

Last evening service 41 From Royal Parade to Southway on a Sunday withdrawn. (See service 42A for alternative journey option).

Plymouth Bus Services 40 41

31 August 2014

Service will now operate via Milehouse to Tavistock instead of Mutley Plain. Service will no longer serve Derriford Hospital (see service 42/42A/42B for alternative services). Timetable changes to reflect this change to route, plus additional journeys operating via Brentor to Okehampton.

Plymouth Bus Services 11

31 August 2014

Current service 12 (BlueFlash) to Tavistock will be renumbered service 42. Current service 42 to Tamerton Foliot via Looseleigh Lane will be renumbered service 42B. The current 42A to Tamerton Foliot via Southway Drive will stay as service 42A. Service 42 to Tavistock will now operate via Mutley Plain instead of Milehouse, also serving Derriford Hospital. It will continue to be run using the Blueflash Double Deck buses. Tamerton Foliot services, now 42A (Southway) and 42B (Looseleigh) will now be run by newly branded Blueflash Single Deck buses. The above will mean a 15 minute frequency between Royal Parade and Derriford Hospital, operated by Blueflash branded buses with FREE Wi-Fi on board. All 42 services will run from stop A18 on Royal Parade.

Plymouth Bus Services 42

This last service will see the newly repainted Blue Flash Volvo B7RLEs which I am told look superb - hopefully will have photos early next week!

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28 August 2014

Swapsies

The big swap around by First continues with several Tridents now working in Plymouth replacing Cornwall bound Enviro 400s. So far confirmed in Plymouth are 32802 32803 32817 32853 32861.

Enviro's 33658 33661 33662 33664 33665 have departed and are in Cornwall having had their TAVISTOCK names removed. This leaves Plymouth with 33659 33660 33666 33667 at the moment. 33659 and 33667 at least were still on Park & Ride duties a couple of days ago.

Nick Rice has managed to capture a few of the incoming buses over the last week or so...

T for two

©Nick Rice (cc) 13 August 2014

Trident times

©Nick Rice (cc) 18 August 2014

There had to be one!

©Nick Rice (cc) 18 August 2014

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