The home of anything and everything to do with transport in and around Plymouth now starting its THIRTEENTH YEAR!
After a fairly quiet period things start to get interesting again with the new buses for Plymouth Citybus not that far off now. In the mean time expect quite a few more repaints of the existing fleet
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Plymouth Citybus 072 WA54JVV

A livery which has lasted a lot longer than expected but will soon be no more...

27 June 2017

Devon Transit 065

Fairly quiet at the moment.

Devon & Cornwall Transit Index 

Alansway Coaches Ltd PH1017984 t/a Country Bus

Country Bus 83 PH1017984.035 Teignmouth Local

  • Licence: PH1017984.035
  • Operator: ALANSWAY COACHES LTD
  • Address: OLD NEWTON ROAD, KING CHARLES BUSINESS PARK, HEATHFIELD, NEWTON ABBOT, TQ12 6UT, GB
  • Route Number: 83
  • Start Point: TEIGNMOUTH WELLINGTON STREET
  • Via: DEER PARK
  • End Point: TRIANGLE
  • Other Details: Change to route
  • Received: 28-Apr-17
  • Effective: 03-Jul-17
  • Accepted: 28-Apr-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2593
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: DT062
  • Final Published: DT065
  • According to the Devon CC booklet the service has been re-routed: From 3 July 2017, service will no longer serve Landscore and Hermosa Road
  • No details on Traveline. Nothing mentioned on Country Bus own site. Devon County timetable in booklet is the existing one from 2014

2014 10 01 ALANSWAY COACHES LTD ROUTE-083 MAP

Filers Travel Ltd PH1066351

Filers Travel 300 PH1066351.022 Ilfracombe - Lynmouth

  • Licence: PH1066351.022
  • Operator: FILERS TRAVEL LIMITED
  • Address: SLADE ROAD, SLADE LODGE, ILFRACOMBE, EX34 8LB, GB
  • Route Number: 300
  • Start Point: Ilfracombe, St James' Place Gardens
  • Via: Combe Martin, Lynton, Lynmouth
  • End Point: Lynmouth, Lyndale Car Park/ Minehead, WSR Station
  • "Other Details: Monday to Friday to Lynton and Lynmouth
  • Sunday to Minehead"
  • Received: 30-Jan-17
  • Effective: 09-Jul-17
  • Accepted: 01-Feb-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Registered
  • N & P: 2581
  • a: Registration of new services (3.1)
  • Initial Published: DT056
  • Final Published: DT065

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First Somerset & Avon Ltd PH0000132

Lets Rock Festival PH0000132.355 Exeter - Powderham Castle Event

  • Licence: PH0000132.355
  • Operator: FIRST SOMERSET & AVON LTD
  • Address: EASTON ROAD, ENTERPRISE HOUSE, BRISTOL, BS5 0DZ, GB
  • Route Number: Let's Rock Exeter (Lockdown Festival)
  • Start Point: Exeter St Davids Station
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: Powderham
  • Other Details: Operates for Let's Rock Exeter and Lockdown Festival
  • Received: 28-Apr-17
  • Effective: 01-Jul-17
  • Accepted: 03-May-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event: Registration Accepted
  • Event Type: Registered
  • Initial Published: DT062
  • Final Published: DT065
  • It seems odd that its not under First South West! Service is pre-booked only.

Lets Rock Timetable

Paul Russell Stargatt PH1147473

  • PH1147473 SI
  • PAUL RUSSELL STARGATT
  • 36 PALACE AVENUE, PAIGNTON, TQ3 3HB
  • Upgrade of Licence from Standard National to Standard International

DJ Watts PH1117103 Torbay Buses

Torbay Buses 25 PH1117103.013 Paignton Local

  • Licence: PH1117103.014
  • Operator: D J WATTS COACH TRAVEL LTD
  • Address: 35 PILLAR AVENUE, BRIXHAM, TQ5 8LF, GB
  • Route Number: 25
  • Start Point: Paignton, Totnes Road, Morrisons
  • Via: Paignton Bus Station, Paignton Harbour
  • End Point: Paignton, Youngs Park, Youngs Park Road
  • Other Details: Revised timetable
  • Received: 12-Jun-17
  • Effective: 07-Aug-17
  • Accepted: 13-Jun-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2600
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: DT065
  • Final Published: DT068

Route-025

Torbay Buses  62 PH1117103 Torquay - Cockington

  • Licence: PH1117103.003
  • Operator: D J WATTS COACH TRAVEL LTD
  • Address: 35 PILLAR AVENUE, BRIXHAM, TQ5 8LF, GB
  • Route Number: 62
  • Start Point: Torquay Strand, Harbourside
  • Via: Cockington, Chelston
  • End Point: Torquay Strand, Harbourside
  • Other Details: Revised timetable
  • Received: 12-Jun-17
  • Effective: 07-Aug-17
  • Accepted: 13-Jun-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2600
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: DT065
  • Final Published: DT068

Route-062

Torbay Buses 64 PH1117103.004 Torquay Local

  • Licence: PH1117103.004
  • Operator: D J WATTS COACH TRAVEL LTD
  • Address: 35 PILLAR AVENUE, BRIXHAM, TQ5 8LF, GB
  • Route Number: 64
  • Start Point: Torquay, Castle Circus
  • Via: Ilsham, Wellswood
  • End Point: Torquay, Middle Warberry Road
  • Other Details: Revised timetable
  • Received: 12-Jun-17
  • Effective: 07-Aug-17
  • Accepted: 13-Jun-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2600
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: DT065
  • Final Published: DT068

Route-064

West Country Limos PH1082706

  • Public Inquiry (74036) to be held at Jubilee House (Bristol), BS5 0GB, Croydon Street, Bristol, on 28 June 2017 commencing at 14:00 Previous hearing on 10 February 2017 was adjourned.
  • PH1082706 SN
  • WESTCOUNTRY LIMOS AND CARS LTD
  • Director(s): CHRISTOPHER PAUL COTTAM
  • UNIT 2, BARBICAN APPROACH, PLYMOUTH, PL4 0LG
  • S17 - Consideration of disciplinary action under Section 17 (The Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981)

26 June 2017

Fleet News: Plymouth Citybus

 

Just the one repaint, but it is slightly interesting!

135 has been repainted, but not into swoops as would have been expected, instead it has become a Green Flash.

Plymouth Citybus 135 WA56HHN

Of course the Green recently lost their two Enviro 400s to Yellow Flash

Plymouth Citybus 135 WA56HHN

135 is also interesting in that it is yet another one out of the dark red front livery

Plymouth Citybus 135 WA56HHN

And before that it was in the unusual route branding for the 34 which looked great when it was first done but faded badly as can be seen below. It was also horrible to ride in due to all that stuff over the windows!

Plymouth Citybus 135 WA56HHN

Thanks to Richard for supply all the photos above!

23 June 2017

GWR New Trains

More new trains, this time they will be working down here…

Passengers to benefit from new trains, providing more seats, more services and reduced journey times

Great Western Railway’s first Intercity Express Train has made its maiden voyage to Cornwall this morning, as part of a very special test journey from London Paddington to Penzance.© GWR Press Release Part of an expo event with Cornwall Council to showcase improved rail services for the South West, the Intercity Express Train (IET) (800 003 and 800 004) left London Paddington at 0533 and arrived at Penzance Station at 1101.

Transport minister Paul Maynard said:

“We are upgrading our railways to deliver the biggest modernisation programme for over a century and the improvements that passengers have asked for.

“These new trains will offer greater capacity, reduced journey times and more reliable services from London to Penzance.”

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Transport, welcomed the investment from GWR and said:

“The new fleet forms part of a £400m package of rail investment that we are working with GWR and Network Rail to deliver, which will transform rail services on our mainline network and, in doing so, provide a key element of the Council’s proposals for a One Public Transport System in Cornwall.”

From 2017 this new fleet of Intercity Express Trains will connect London Paddington to Bristol and South Wales and from 2018 they will connect London Paddington to Exeter, Plymouth, Penzance and many more communities.

GWR Commercial Development Director Matthew Golton said:

"We know how important the railway is to the economies and communities of the South West, and today's event marks another milestone in delivering the improvements we know our passengers wish to see.

“These trains will help us deliver faster, more frequent services into the South West, providing up to a fifth more seats per train.”

The new rolling stock replaces 40-year-old trains currently serving this key intercity route This will mean additional seats into and out of the West of England, and will help speed up typical journey times from London by 5 minutes (to Exeter), 6 minutes (Plymouth) and 14 minutes (Penzance).

Sandra Rothwell, Chief Executive of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

“Good connectivity is vital to business and the growth of our economy which is why we have made rail investment one of our top priorities. These fantastic new GWR trains, coupled with ongoing investment from the LEP and its partners in signalling, station upgrades and WiFi, will transform main line rail services in Cornwall with increased frequency, more comfort and faster journey times.”

The 93 train fleet is fitted with bi-mode technology, allowing trains to use both diesel and electric power, and passengers to enjoy the benefits of new trains as soon as possible. Prior to entering service next Summer, the train will now be made ready to begin testing on the network.

The new fleet harnesses Hitachi’s pioneering Japanese bullet train technology, known for its quality and reliability. Passengers can expect more seats, better on-board facilities and shorter journey times.

Mark Langman, Route Managing Director of Network Rail, said:

“Improving the signalling, upgrading stations and preparing the railway for the Intercity Express Trains marks a real milestone in the modernisation of the railway in the South West, as we continue to deliver our Railway Upgrade Plan.

“Passengers, communities and the local economy will feel real benefits with extra services, more seats, greater comfort and a more reliable railway in Devon and Cornwall.”

Ahead of the fleet of trains arriving in the South West, Network Rail has invested £47million to prepare the railway for the new Intercity Express Trains.

The modernisation includes a £25million signalling upgrade as part of the Cornwall Capacity Enabling Scheme, which has been part funded by Cornwall Council to the tune of £15m. This scheme includes 21 additional signals added to the line and seven level crossing upgrades.

The extra signalling will allow for more trains to be on the track, and will be controlled locally from the existing signal boxes at Plymouth, Lostwithiel and Roskear.

A further £12m has been invested for de-vegetation in Devon and Cornwall and another £10m for gauge clearance as well as Totnes and Devonport platform extensions.

Passengers will also benefit from new on-board technology, including real-time journey updates and seat reservation screens.

The Intercity Express Train is designed to withstand the region’s variable weather conditions, including routes along the Dawlish coast.

As well as the first visit from an IET, those in attendance will also be able to look at a new and improved Night Riviera sleeper berth. The Night Riviera service is being modernised and will include a new seated carriage, a cocktail bar and refreshed berths with hotel style keyless door entry, USB charging ports and a host of other improvements. See a video of the new sleeper here.

From this autumn, the first wave of Intercity Express Trains will run on the historic Great Western main line, connecting London to key UK cities including Reading, Bath, Bristol and Cardiff. Production of these trains is already underway at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

From next Summer a second wave of new trains will begin running as far south as Penzance along coastal routes in Devon and Cornwall. The first of these trains arrived in the UK on Saturday 17 June. This £500 million fleet is financed by Eversholt Rail and will be leased to Great Western Railway.

The entire fleet of 93 trains (58 five-car, 35 nine-car) will be in passenger service by the end of 2019.

22 June 2017

South West Trains


An order for 90 new trains has been signed by the new operators of one of the country's busiest rail franchises. FirstGroup and MTR said the 750 new carriages, in five- and 10-car formations, on the South Western network will provide a 46% increase in peak capacity on suburban routes into London Waterloo. The £895 million fleet of Aventra trains will be manufactured by Bombardier Transportation in Derby, offering free Wi-Fi, at-seat charging points, information screens, air conditioning, wide gangways and wide doors

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THE fleet of trains to be built by Bombardier for the new South Western franchise is being unveiled in Derby. The order for 750 Aventra vehicles is worth £895 million, and Bombardier said it is the largest single order yet for its new Aventra type, which is replacing the Electrostars as Bombardier’s aluminium-bodied commuter EMU

The latest order has an element of controversy, because the original proposal had been to use new Siemens-built Desiro City Class 707s for South Western, alongside its existing fleets of Desiros. The 707s are said to be more expensive than the Aventras, and FirstGroup and MTR’s decision to change the fleet policy has meant that 150 Class 707 vehicles, which are due in service this year and next, will have no obvious operator after 2019, when the initial lease ends.

The Aventra trains, which will be supplied in both five- and ten-car configurations, will operate on the Reading, Windsor and West London suburban routes.

Steve Montgomery, managing director of First Rail, said: “We have exciting plans for the South Western rail franchise and these new trains are an important step on the way to delivering an improved journey experience for our passengers.


The South Western Franchise transers to First Group / MTR from the 27th August 2017. The new franchise will run for 7 years from 20 August 2017 to 18 August 2024, with an extension of 11 railway periods callable DoT discretion.

First MTR South Western Trains Limited will oversee a £1.2 billion investment programme to improve services for passengers on all parts of the network from London to the South West. There will be 22,000 extra seats into London Waterloo each morning peak and 30,000 extra seats out of Waterloo each evening peak, and a fleet of 90 new trains will provide more space for passengers on Reading, Windsor and London routes.

Of course although this is good news for many passengers we are not seeing the new trains in this region (SWT run into Exeter). Later this week though we see some new trains that ARE heading our way