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21 November 2017

Devon & Cornwall Transit 077

Sorry its been so quiet here this last week, Took a while to sort out my computer after another Windows Update messed a few things up. Hopefully back to normal this week!

Highlights this week:

  • Stagecoach:  new times for Park & Ride 200 with increased frequency on Saturdays. A new Sunday service for the Christmas period on the 101 and a new route into the city centre for the 1 from Tavistock.
  • Plymouth Citybus make a couple of emergency service changes to school services 101/102 due to Derriford road works!

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101     Tamerton Foliot - DHS Boys  PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD PH0000135.128 

  • Licence: PH0000135.128
  • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
  • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
  • Route Number: 101
  • Start Point: Tamerton Foliot
  • Via: Southway, Crownhill
  • End Point: DHS Boys
  • Other Details: Revised  timetable
  • Received: 10-Nov-17
  • Effective: 20-Nov-17 - actually from 13th November!
  • Accepted: 15-Nov-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 0
  • 0
  • Initial Published: DCT077
  • Final Published: DCT077
  • Due to ongoing reliability issues with the 101/102 school services, we are going to make an emergency amendment as from Monday 13th November 2017.
  • This is due to severe delays we are experiencing in the Derriford area. We are fully aware that this is unlikely to completely resolve the issue due to the roadworks and unfortunately this will mean an earlier start for some of the students who use these services, but at this moment we have no choice but to make the services earlier to try and improve the reliability.

Timetable Header: 101

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102      The George P&R - DHS Boys  PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD PH0000135.129 

  • Licence: PH0000135.129
  • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
  • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
  • Route Number: 102
  • Start Point: George Park and Ride
  • Via: Southway, Crownhill
  • End Point: DHS BOYS
  • Other Details: Revised timetable
  • Received: 10-Nov-17
  • Effective: 20-Nov-17 (13 Nov 2017!)
  • Accepted: 15-Nov-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 0
  • 0
  • Initial Published: DCT077
  • Final Published: DCT077
  • Due to ongoing reliability issues with the 101/102 school services, we are going to make an emergency amendment as from Monday 13th November 2017.
  • This is due to severe delays we are experiencing in the Derriford area. We are fully aware that this is unlikely to completely resolve the issue due to the roadworks and unfortunately this will mean an earlier start for some of the students who use these services, but at this moment we have no choice but to make the services earlier to try and improve the reliability.

Timetable Header: 102

102

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1     Plymouth - Derriford - Tavistock  STAGECOACH DEVON LTD PH1020951.249 

  • Licence: PH1020951.249
  • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
  • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
  • Route Number: 1P (1, X1)
  • Start Point: Plymouth
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: Tavistock
  • Other Details: To divert to serve North Road East to restore the link to Plymouth Rail Station, previously withdrawn from Service X1. Plymouth City Council and Devon County Council support this application
  • Received: 24-Oct-17
  • Effective: 26-Nov-17
  • Accepted: 01-Nov-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2620
  • d: Applications to Vary Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice (3.4)
  • Initial Published: DCT075c
  • Final Published: DCT077
  • From 26 November we will be introducing an alteration to route 1 to improve access to Plymouth Railway Station. Buses from Tavistock will serve North Road East instead of North Hill, providing a much closer connection to Plymouth Railway Station. Customers who wish to travel from the station towards Tavistock will also need to board the in-bound service and then remain on the bus as it goes via the city centre and Plymouth University before heading back to Tavistock.
  • The route change will apply to all journeys on the service, effectively doubling the frequency to the station when compared to the original X1 service. It will also provide connections in the evenings and on Sundays for the very first time, create a new link between Mutley Plain and the Station and further enhance the number of buses running directly from Derriford Hospital to the Station.

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101     City -  The George P&R STAGECOACH DEVON LTD PH1020951.292 

  • Licence: PH1020951.292
  • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
  • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
  • Route Number: 101 (101)
  • Start Point: The George Park & Ride
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: Plymouth Royal Parade
  • Other Details: To operate a Sunday Service on 26 November/3,10,17,24 December 2017 and for a similar period each year.
  • Received: 24-Oct-17
  • Effective: 26-Nov-17
  • Accepted: 01-Nov-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Registered
  • N & P: 2620
  • b: Registration of New Services Granted Under Short Notice (3.2)
  • Initial Published: DCT075c
  • Final Published: DCT077
  • Note that this is a new registration just for the seasonal Sunday operation.
  • From the 26 November we are introducing a Sunday Park & Ride service operating on the five Sundays before Christmas. Buses will run from the George Junction and Milehouse (100/101) sites from just after 9am with the last service leaving the city centre at 5.30pm. There will also be an improved frequency on Saturday journeys on Coypool Park & Ride (200) however this will remain closed on Sundays.

Timetable Header: 100

Route-101
Stagecoach Devon 10459 SN65NZS

200     Coypool Park & Ride Royal Parade STAGECOACH DEVON LTD PH1020951.235 

  • Licence: PH1020951.235
  • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
  • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
  • Route Number: 200P (200)
  • Start Point: Coypool Park & Ride
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: Plymouth Royal Parade
  • Other Details: To increase Saturday frequency between 1100 and 1500 and to improve reliability
  • Received: 24-Oct-17
  • Effective: 26-Nov-17
  • Accepted: 01-Nov-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2620
  • d: Applications to Vary Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice (3.4)
  • Initial Published: DCT075c
  • Final Published: DCT077
  • From the 26 November we are introducing a Sunday Park & Ride service operating on the five Sundays before Christmas. Buses will run from the George Junction and Milehouse (100/101) sites from just after 9am with the last service leaving the city centre at 5.30pm. There will also be an improved frequency on Saturday journeys on Coypool Park & Ride (200) however this will remain closed on Sundays.

Stagecoach Timetable 200

Stagecoach 200 Stagecoach Devon 26035 YX65RCY


Operations

  • PH1080000 SN
  • Section 2.4 – Variation Applications Granted
  • TAKE A TUKTUK LIMITED
  • Director(s): SHAUN MANSTON
  • 6 Midgham Farm Cottages, Fordingbridge, HAMPSHIRE, SALISBURY, SP6 3DA
  • Removed operating centre: KERNON TREK LODGE, TREVARRIAN,NEWQUAY, TR8 4AQ
  • New operating centre: 6 Midgham Farm Cottages, Fordingbridge, SALISBURY,SALISBURY, SP6 3DA
  • New authorisation at this operating centre will be: 3 vehicle(s)
  • Transport Manager(s): SHAUN M ANSTON

 

  • PH1109324 SN
  • Section 2.6 – Licences Surrendered
  • Licence surrendered WEF 12 November 2017
  • MICHAEL BRADLEY
  • TUDOR COURT, 1 PLYMBRIDGE LANE, DERRIFORD, PLYMOUTH, PL6 8BD

 

 

 

14 November 2017

Devon & Cornwall Transit 076

The New weekly posting combining Devon & Cornwall Transit.

Highlights this week:

  • First Hampshire & Dorset had a timetable change to the X51/X53
  • Stagecoach register timetable changes for Exeter service P and North Devon 21 services for January
  • National Express withdraw a Devon service which they say doesn't serve Devon anyway

First Hampshire & Dorset Ltd

X51      Bridport - Seaton  FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD PH0006159.402

  • Licence: PH0006159.414
  • Operator: FIRST HAMPSHIRE AND DORSET LIMITED
  • Address: EMPRESS ROAD, BUS DEPOT, SOUTHAMPTON, SO14 0JW, GB
  • Route Number: X51 (X53)
  • Start Point: Bridport Coach Station
  • Via: Lyme Regis
  • End Point: Axminster Rail Station
  • Other Details: variation to timetable Sunday service withdrawn over winter period.
  • Received: 22-Sep-17
  • Effective: 19-Nov-17
  • Accepted: 26-Sep-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2615
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: DT072c
  • Final Published: DCT076
  • From Sunday 19 November, First Wessex will introduce revised timetables. Some routes will have their frequencies altered, while certain Sunday services will be temporarily removed. The bus operator is responding to the seasonal level of passenger demand, as well as congestion issues and withdrawal of subsidies, to ensure the long-term sustainability of these routes.
  • Historically, the local authorities provided financial support for service 4 and 8 in Weymouth for the winter, and for X51 (Dorchester to Bridport and Axminster) and X53 (Weymouth to Bridport and Axminster) all year. Due to the current challenging financial constraints, this is no longer the case. First Wessex has endeavoured to maintain the same level of service without any subsidies. However, whilst being able to keep the same timetable from Monday to Saturday on services 4, X51 and X53, when the majority of customers travel, the Sunday timetables will be withdrawn over the winter.
Timetable Header: X53
Route X051 Route-X053
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341    Paignton - Burnley NATIONAL EXPRESS LTD PD0000738.146

  • Licence: PD0000738.146
  • Operator: NATIONAL EXPRESS LTD
  • Address: DIGBETH, BIRMINGHAM COACH STATION, BIRMINGHAM, B5 6DD, GB
  • Route Number: 341
  • Start Point: Burnley
  • Via: Bolton,Manchester,Birmingham,Bristol
  • End Point: Paignton
  • Other Details: Service withdrawn, last day of operation: Sunday 12.11.2017.
  • Received: 15-Sep-17
  • Effective: 13-Nov-17
  • Accepted: 21-Sep-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Cancelled applications
  • N & P: 2614
  • e: Cancellations of Existing Services (3.5)
  • Initial Published: DT072
  • Final Published: DCT076
  • The registration says Paignton but Traveline Timetables don't have this route serving Paignton, or anywhere in Devon. Quite happy to see it cancelled to be honest!
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    21     Ilfracombe - Westward Ho!  STAGECOACH DEVON LTD PH1020951.136

    • Licence: PH1020951.136
    • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
    • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
    • Route Number: 21 (21, 921, 815, 821, 21A)
    • Start Point: Ilfracombe or Barnstaple
    • Via: 0
    • End Point: Appledore or Westward Ho!
    • Other Details: To revise the timetable to improve reliability
    • Received: 06-Nov-17
    • Effective: 02-Jan-18
    • Accepted: 09-Nov-17
    • End Date: 00-Jan-00
    • Event Type: Variation applications
    • N & P: 0
    • 0
    • Initial Published: DCT076
    • Final Published: DCT083
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    P     Crossmead - Pennsylvannia STAGECOACH DEVON LTD PH1020951.105

    • Licence: PH1020951.105
    • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
    • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
    • Route Number: P (P)
    • Start Point: Crossmead
    • Via: 0
    • End Point: Pennsylvania
    • Other Details: To revise times to improve reliability
    • Received: 06-Nov-17
    • Effective: 02-Jan-18
    • Accepted: 09-Nov-17
    • End Date: 00-Jan-00
    • Event Type: Variation applications
    • N & P: 0
    • 0
    • Initial Published: DCT076
    • Final Published: DCT083
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    Operations

    • PH0005305 SI DEALTOP LTD
    • Variation Applications Granted
    • Director(s): DAVID ROBERT PAUL HOUNSLOW, DAVID DART
    • UNIT 2, LANGDON BUSINESS PARK, OIL MILL LANE, CLYST ST. MARY, EXETER, EX5 1AF
    • New operating centre: OAKHAMPTON GLASS LTD, UNIT 1, MERRIVALE ROAD, EXETER ROAD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, OKEHAMPTON, EX20 1UD
    • New authorisation at this operating centre will be: 2 vehicle(s)
    • Decrease at existing operating centre: LANGDONS BUSINESS PARK, OIL MILL LANE, CLYST ST. MARY, EXETER, EX5 1AU
    • New authorisation at this operating centre will be: 58 vehicle(s)
    • PH1145790 SI CARMEL COACHES LTD
    • Variation Applications Granted
    • Director(s): ANTHONY GROVE HAZELL, CAROLYN ALDERTON
    • CARMEL COACHES, STATION ROAD, NORTHLEW, OKEHAMPTON, EX20 3BN
    • New operating centre: WEBBERS TRANSPORT, GALBRAITH ROAD,
    • HAMELDOWN BUSINESS PARK, OKEHAMPTON, EX20 1UF
    • New authorisation at this operating centre will be: 3 vehicle(s)#
    • PH2007899 SI HG HOLDINGS (EXETER) LIMITED
    • Applications Withdrawn Prior to Determination
    • Director(s): ALASTAIR GEORGE GRAY

    09 November 2017

    Life after Plymouth - 69077

    First Devon & Cornwall. Remember them?

    With the mostly modern fleet that Stagecoach are running in town its easy to forget what a motley selection of buses First ran in Plymouth. However there were times when some quite impressive buses were running for First…

    First 69077 SF06GYA

    69077 was one of quite a number of these Volvo B7RLEs that were brought in to compete with Plymouth Citybus. Very nice they were too! Sadly they didn't stay that long and soon First were back in decline. These buses were off elsewhere within the First empire. Some at least have ended up back in Glasgow and a few of them are now appearing in the new look SimpliCity branding for the 9 9A Hillington - Cardonald - Ibrox - City Centre route.

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    Thanks to Donald for allowing me to use his excellent photo.

    You do wonder, if First had stayed the course in Plymouth what would they be running right now?

    08 November 2017

    Contactless finally up and running

    After a few weeks or so since the new ticket machines were installed by Plymouth Citybus they have now switched Contactless payments on. A nice simple You Tube video shows how it works

    1. Ask the driver for a ticket (£30 contactless limit applies).
    2. Place you contactless card/device over the card reader.
    3. Wait for your ticket to be printed.
    4. That's it! Your ticket becomes your receipt.
    5. Enjoy your journey with Plymouth Citybus.

    They do have a more detailed guide and question and answer sheet available

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    A better PDF view can be found on the Plymouth Citybus Site or can be viewed on my own archive here

    I can vouch for it working as I am now using it in the mornings saving me trying to find enough cash to pay the fare.