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The expected decline of the Plymouth Citybus Dennis Dart has been slowed somewhat as the influx of EcoCity gas buses are now seeing off the Optare Solos instead who are off elsewhere within the group. If you see any out and about then catch them while you can!
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16 February 2017

Citybus News

Event West and Plymouth Citybus have recently agreed on a new main sponsorship deal for the Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon and 10k event in 2017.

The main sponsorship deal followed on from the success of last year’s Plymouth 10k, where Citybus entered 35 runners into the corporate challenge and placed 4th out of 46 teams.

In the lead up to both events, runners entered to take part can look forward to receiving some transport related benefits, giving discounted travel over the race weekends, via its popular mobile app.

Event organisers recommend allowing additional time when travelling throughout the city during race weekend.  

Travel information for the event can be found at www.runplymouth.co.uk

David Williams, Commercial Director, Event West: “We are delighted to be extending our partnership with Plymouth Citybus in a main sponsorship deal for the Britain’s Ocean City Running Series in 2017. The support we received at last year’s Plymouth 10k was fantastic and we look forward to offering runners additional transport related benefits as we approach the half marathon in April.”

Mark Collins, Commercial and Marketing Manager, Plymouth Citybus said: “As the main mover of people in the city it is great to be part of a growing running series. Following on from the success of being transport sponsor for the 2016 Plymouth 10k, we are delighted to make the move up and become main series sponsor, now adding the Half Marathon to the list. As a dedicated community partner in the city, we look forward to being part of a local community based series.”  

Full details of the event can be found online at www.runplymouth.co.uk


Meanwhile Citybus Fleet News

Dart 20 R120OFJ has now left Milehouse for scrapping

Plymouth Citybus 020 R120OFJ

February 2015

Dart 32 is another which has now gone from Milehouse for scrap recently

Plymouth Citybus 032 T132EFJ

November 2014

The latest repaints into swoops are 255 LX05EYW  and 256 LX05EXZ (note that they are the other way round from what the fleet listing was showing - now corrected) These now carry the new strapline “Every Journey Taken Care Of” as carried by the EcoCity buses. 250 is now in the paint shop after many months running to GA London livery Plymouth Citybus 250 LX05EYP

Finally for now, the last of the Optare Solos will be heading North very shortly, with the first due to go up today (16th Feb)

Plymouth Citybus 224 WK59CWZ

Thus it will be the end of the Citybus Solo Story (Part Two).

15 February 2017

Local Link Latest

More updates on the news from Torbay where Local Link are ending their services in April:

THE future of several bus routes in Torquay is under threat after a leading councillor said the operator was cutting back on services.

Cllr Mark King, executive lead for transport, says the council has been told that Local Link will terminate a number of its routes from April.
The routes affected are 25, 64, 65, 108/109, 62, 61/60, 67, 67A, 67B.

Cllr King said: "It is with regret that I can confirm that the bus operator Local Link is withdrawing from the fare stage element of their business and that we are in receipt of their de-registration forms."

Local Link managing director Derek French said: "It is with great regret that the Local Link have decided to cancel from 1st April 2017 all fare stage services as follows 25, 108/109,60/61,62,64,65,67,67A,67B, Sainsbury's Torquay SB5-SB6 and Sainsbury's Paignton SB1-SB4.

"It has become increasingly difficult to operate fare stage routes in today's market place with ever increasing overheads and reduced income. An example of this being a substantial reduction in concessionary fare re-imbursement in April 2016.

"We shall continue to trade in other aspects of the transport industry and would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their loyal support over the past 13years."

Mr King said the council will look to offer these routes to other operators in the coming weeks though the services will run until April.

He added: "The council continues to reimburse operators for concessionary fares, against national criteria, and this will continue for all eligible routes."

However Cllr King said unless a new operator came forward in the next week or ten days it is unlikely the services could be continued after April.

When the company moved to stop the number 60/61 service last May and the council stepped in with an additional £60,000 support, an emergency application was made to the Department of Transport to keep it running. Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Ian Doggett said the company had officially given notice to the Department for Transport to cancel all their services from various dates in April and May 2017.

The decision to end the services follows Torbay Council imposing lower rates of payment for concessionary bus fares across Torbay. The Paignton councillors said: "These services often reach places in the Bay that others do not! "If these services are not replaced, many residents will be left isolated.

"This is a disaster for local transport provision, and would see , for example, the end of services 60/61, which last year was threatened with withdrawal, and got a reprieve. The Service 67 is another one that would finish. This runs between Brixham and Torbay Hospital and the Willows, via Paignton and Marldon,and offers a quick direct service.

"I will be in contact with the mayor Gordon Oliver and the executive lead for transport, Mark King , over the situation to see if they can expedite a solution."

The council budget for concessionary fares for 20176/17 is £4.36 million.

This Press Release has appeared on the Local Link website www.localbustorbay.com today (14th February):

Local Link route 62

“Let’s be clear – the local bus services operated by Chelston Leisure Services (t/a Local Link) are, primarily, operated commercially. They are NOT local authority tendered services. Local Link are a small operator and as such have lower overheads than larger bus operators and until now have been able to continue to run services that others would not have wished to operate commercially. Pressures on costs have made this more and more difficult in recent years.
One element of the shortfall in costs has been the reimbursement for English National Concessionary pass holders, because of the high retired population in Torbay many of the customers carried by the company hold these passes and the company has to be reimbursed for carrying them.

The level of reimbursement is based on a complex statutory formula and like many smaller operators the company is no longer satisfied that this formula is fit for purpose.

This reduced reimbursement is just one element of the short fall that has hit operators in recent years.
It has become more and more difficult to recruit and retain suitable staff. Vehicle operating costs have increased in recent years with the need to invest in accessible vehicles and the cost of providing additional staff training all have to be borne by the operator. Insurance costs have also risen markedly. The only way to recover these costs is to increase fares considerably for those who still pay cash and the company do not believe that would be appropriate.
The potential implications for commercial bus operators of impending legislation are also a major concern. Local Link have considered all the factors and a decision has been made to pull out of the local bus service market. The company has given the statutory 56 days notice to terminate these services and this will give other operators an opportunity to come forward and indicate whether they wish to run any of these services or incorporate them into their existing networks. It will then be for the local authority to decide whether they wish to support any gaps in the network that continue to exist once operators have declared what if anything they wish to run commercially.”
On a more personal note, this is a very sad time for the operators and staff of the Local Link and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our passengers for their support and continued loyalty over the past 13 years.
Derek and Jeanette French"

Photo above (cc)Julian Walker.

14 February 2017

Cornwall Transit 056

Its all nice and quiet with just a couple of short notice amendments to First Kernow services 37 and 18C. FK themselves dont mention these changes on their own web site yet.

Devon & Cornwall Transit Index 


KE Baker & Partners PH0005480

  • PH0005480 SN
  • Licence surrendered WEF 4 February 2017
  • KENNETH EDWARD BAKER & PARTNERS
  • Partner(s): KENNETH EDWARD BAKER, ROSEMARY ANNE BAKER, TIMOTHY BAKER
  • THE GARAGE, DULOE, LISKEARD, PL14 4PL


NC Eastwood PH1086607

  • PH1086607 SN NICHOLAS COLIN EASTWOOD
  • Section 2.7– Applications Withdrawn Prior to Determination NP2580
  • VICTORY HEIGHTS, THE BURROWS, ST. IVES, TR26 1GD
  • New operating centre: PENDERLEATH CARAVAN & CAMPING PARK, PENDERLEATH, ST. IVES, TR26 3AF
  • New authorisation at this operating centre will be: 4 vehicle(s)
  • New operating centre: TYRINGHAM ARMS, LELANT, ST. IVES, TR26 3EZ
  • New authorisation at this operating centre will be: 6 vehicle(s)


First South West Ltd PH0004983 t/a KERNOW

Kernow 18C PH0004983.547/548 Pendeen- Penzance - Cornwall College

  • PH0004983/547 
  • Section 3.4 – Applications to Vary Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice 
  • FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED, UNION STREET, CAMBORNE, TR14 8HF 
  • Operating between Penzance Bus Station 
  • and Cornwall College, Rosewarne 
  • given service number 18C 
  • effective from 19 February 2017. 
  • To amend Timetable.

 

  • PH0004983/548 
  • Section 3.4 – Applications to Vary Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice  
  • FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED, UNION STREET, CAMBORNE, TR14 8HF 
  • Operating between Pendeen, Portheras Cross 
  • and Penzance Bus Station 
  • given service number 18C 
  • effective from 19 February 2017. 
  • To amend Timetable

Route-018C

Kernow 37 PH0004983.376 Helston - Redruth

  • PH0004983/376 
  • Section 3.4 – Applications to Vary Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice 
  • FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED, 
  • UNION STREET, CAMBORNE, TR14 8HF 
  • Operating between Helston 
  • and Redruth 
  • given service number 37 
  • effective from 19 February 2017. 
  • To amend Timetable.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3ZY71pr27bHWnU0WjkzRXFpNUE/view?usp=sharing

2017 02 19 First Kernow Route-037 MAP.jpg

 


AJ Milner PH1117220

  • PH1117220
  • R Licence surrendered WEF 4 February 2017
  • ALEXANDER JAMES MILNER
  • 4, ROSEVEAR UNITS, TREWITHICK ROAD, BREAGE, HELSTON, TR13 9PZ

Timetables and maps are saved for archive purposes. If traveling please check timetables / maps with the operator or with Traveline South West.

13 February 2017

Local Link Lost

Or at least it soon will be…

This notice was shared on Facebook by a local councillor:

It is with regret that I can confirm that bus operator Local Link is withdrawing from the fare stage element of their business and that we are in receipt of their route de-registration forms.

The services affected are numbers 25, 64, 65, 108/109, 62, 61/60, 67, 67A, 67B, the last day of operation of these services will be the 1st April 2017. In addition, all of the Sainsbury's services.

The operator of Local Link has taken the decision to close parts of his businesses and this will have the affect of terminating a number of bus routes across Torbay. This is an operational decision for the business in question and not a matter which the Council has any control over. The council continues to reimburse operators for concessionary fares, against national criteria, and this will continue for all eligible routes.

Where an operator advises the Department for Transport that they wish to cease operating a route, then the Council can offer these routes to other operators. This will occur over the coming weeks, and until this process is concluded, we are unable to confirm the future of the current routes operated by Local Link. The funding calculations for bus operators accepting English National Concessionary Travel passes are regularly reviewed to ensure bus operators are ‘no better, nor worse off’, for providing the scheme. These calculations are made based using Government legislation and guidance and are strictly regulated. A number of factors affect the reimbursement rate an operator is due, so from time to time, this will result in changes to the reimbursement rate an operator will receive.

I was already looking out for this as all their service registrations have been cancelled with the 1st April being the last day of service.

Local Link buses in Torquay

Photo Julian Walker April 2016 (cc)