The home of anything and everything to do with transport in and around Plymouth for 15 years
The "Big Bang" in Cornwall turned into a damp plop as the dreaded COVID19 lockdown started at exactly the wrong moment. The lock-down has seen nearly all bus services slashed to Sunday service levels at best with many buses now de-licenced out of service until the lock-down ends, whenever that may be.
Life is pretty much on hold for everyone at the moment so the coming weeks will see mainly archive photo posts from my collection.
Milehouse is full of lots of interesting buses some of which may yet see service in Plymouth when things start building back up again so watch this space - and above all stay safe and keep well.
©did by graham

26 October 2020

No more WiFi on Stagecoach

Stagecoach Wi-Fi

Important update

From 26 October, we are temporarily switching off Wi-Fi on many of our buses.  Like many organisations, we’re reviewing all aspects of our operation as we continue through the Covid-19 pandemic with a focus to make sure we can continue running safe and reliable services for you.  We’ve found that many customers are not using the bus Wi-Fi, especially on shorter local bus journeys.

Where is Wi-Fi available?

You can still connect to our free Wi-Fi on the following routes and services:

South West


Stagecoach 10496 SN65ZHL

25 October 2020

Devon & Cornwall Transit

The usual look back on DVSA notices published this last week, with just the four changes to note. As usual click through on the link below for more details and the route history

 Licence  Route  Start Point  End Point  Effective  Notes OPERATOR
PH1011427.091 428 East Looe (Bridge), St Austell, Lostwithiel Summercourt, London Inn 02-Nov-2020 New timetable. No details known or published by TFC yet. SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PD0000738.216 501 PLYMOUTH, PAIGNTON, EXETER, HEATHROW LONDON VICTORIA 28-Oct-2020 Vary timetable.. No changes noted in timetable from 28th October? NATIONAL EXPRESS LTD
PD0000738.223 502 Bideford, Westward Ho! LONDON VICTORIA 28-Oct-2020 Vary route, stopping places and timetable. No changes noted on currently published timetables NATIONAL EXPRESS LTD
PH1078330.004 724 Fowey, Church Gate Fowey, Church Gate 01-Nov-2020 Temporary timetable variation due to Coronavirus

Service to operate on Tuesdays and Fridays only

I cant quite match up the National Express timetables as nothing appears to have changed but these could be backdated changes that happened earlier.

The 428 has new timetables on Traveline but is not mentioned on the Travel Cornwall site just yet.

Talking of which…

Plymouth Citybus and Travel Cornwall both have a few timetable adjustments from next weekend…

Transport for Cornwall

The majority of our services have been retimed and will have increased running times to improve connections and timings throughout the route.

Timetables will be uploaded shortly, so please keep an eye out for updates on this.

The main changes are as follows...

  • M6 - This has been withdrawn and will be replaced by 9H and 9M to provide a separate buses for Humphry Davy School and Mounts Bay School
  • 8 - We have retimed our services in order to service local supermarkets and improve reliability
  • 73/73A - we have put on an additional service at 0805 from Looe on school days.
  • 88 - The current 88 for local schools will now be renamed 88S

Plymouth Citybus

  • 5/5A - This route has been extensively retimed throughout the route to improve reliability.
  • 20A - We have changed the 15.25 journey to 15.30 in order to provide a better connection at Plymouth High School for Girls.
  • 42 A/B/C - We have retimed our evening services to provide better times for shift workers at Derriford Hospital.
  • 43 - Evening journeys will now operate a half hourly service on Saturdays to provide a service to and from St Budeaux and Victoria Road.
  • 61/62 - This service is returning to the pre-Covid route and will operate every 30 minutes.
  • 104 & 105 - These services will revert to a standard timetable and will now operate with two double decker buses rather than three coaches.

19 October 2020

Stagecoach Driver due in court

It has been over a year since the accident involving a Stagecoach Gold bus left 37 people injured. Todays its been announced that the driver is going to appear in court charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving – but the case isnt due until JUNE NEXT YEAR:

The driver of a Stagecoach Gold double decker is to face trial next year after it overturned in an accident which left 37 people injured.

Kameron Allan, aged 20, repeated his not guilty pleas at Plymouth Crown Court to 10 charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving on October 5, 2019 near Totnes.

Judge James Townsend set down a trial on June 1 next year, apologising to the court for the delay.

Allan had previous denied identical charges before Newton Abbot magistrates.

He allegedly caused serious injury by dangerous driving to passengers Mary Westley, Cheryl Russ, Gareth Pass, Gillian Spackman, Robert Ritson, David Duncan, Susan Ratcliffe, Mary Bailey and Zita and Eammon Delaney on the A385 Longcombe Cross, Totnes.

Allan, of Kendlewood Close, St Michaels, Paignton, was released on unconditional bail until an interim hearing on May 13 next year.

Judge Townsend said: “I am very sorry to anyone involved in this case for the delay. In the current situation the courts are dealing with a huge backlog of cases and we have to work our way through them.”

The incident occurred as the bus was travelling from Paignton to Plymouth on the A385 to Totnes near Longcombe Cross.

It ended up sideways in a field next to the road just before 11am on Saturday October 5, 2019.

Thirteen ambulances and four helicopters attended the scene of crash and ferried 37 people to hospitals.

It was declared a major incident by the emergency services and more than 140 police officers, paramedics and firefighters attended.

Recently, Devon County Council has installed new bollards on the road at the site.


As always comments are welcome – but please avoid making any accusations or personal comments regarding this serious incident.

18 October 2020

Devon & Cornwall Transit

The usual catch up of notices from DVSA published this last week, and its a lot quieter at the moment with just a few changes, mostly around school services, and just for a change a couple of these are actually being posted in advance!

 Licence  Route  Start Point  End Point  Effective  Notes OPERATOR
PH1017984.026 39C Chudleigh Memorial South Dartmoor College 31-Aug-2020 CANCELLED ALANSWAY COACHES LTD
PH0004983.575 214 215 216 217 Mevagissy, Fowey, St Austell Truro College 05-Oct-2020 Temporary timetable variation due to Coronavirus. No details published but new timetable available FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
PH0004666.001 885 Seaton Sea Front, Colyford, Colyton Millwey Rise 26-Oct-2020 Timetable variation. No details published but probably around school services FRANCES MAY SEARLE
PH0004666.002 899 Exmouth Tesco Seaton Sea Front 26-Oct-2020 Timetable variation. No details but looks like minor school service changes. New timetable published FRANCES MAY SEARLE
PH0004983.174 T1 T2 201 PENZANCE, Bus Station/ ST IVES, Malakoff TRURO Bus Station/ College 14-Oct-2020 Temporary timetable variation due to Coronavirus

To operate a special service (201) for Truro College students

As usual click through for more details including maps and timetables where available.