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We now enter September which will probably go down as one of the most significant months in Public Transport History in Plymouth. We see the end of First in Devon & Plymouth (and Torpoint) and welcome Stagecoach onto Plymouth services. Needless to say the next few months will be a case of watching to see what Stagecoach do next. Plymothian Transit will be there to cover it all!
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01 October 2015

Kingsbridge by William Spencer

A bit later than planned, bit we have the final installment of Kingsbridge photos with these stunning shots from William Spencer:
Thanks again William, great shots!

(It seems when I set this post up last night I set it for 1st September rather than 1st October! I have reproduced it here so people get to see it!)

29 September 2015

Cornwall Transit 020

Cornwall Transit 020

Things are finally starting to quieten down a bit now. This week we have the last few details of the Winter Timetable just been put into place by First Kernow as they were not available in time for the last edition two weeks ago.

The Last Two Weeks

The last two weeks as announced on VOSA:

St Ives Bus Co 6 [PH1053866.022] Higher Stennack Porthmeor Beach

VOSA Notice

  • PH1053866/22 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between St Ives Car Park, Higher Stennack and St Ives, Porthmeor Beach 
  • given service number 6 
  • effective from 02-Nov-2015. 
  • To amend Timetable.

A-Line 33 [PH1128051.002] HMS Raleigh Torpoint Ferry

New registration on VOSA

  • PH1128051/2 
  • Registration Accepted
  • Starting Point: HMS Raleigh Torpoint
  • Finish Point: Torpoint Ferry
  • Via: Goad Avenue, Carbeile Road
  • Service Number: 33 Torpoint Circular
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping
  • Effective Date: 16-NOV-2015
  • Other Details: Monday to Friday

A Line Coaches are pleased to announce the commencement of a new Torpoint circular bus service on the 16th November 2015. The service 33 will start at Pentorr Health Centre opposite HMS Raleigh at 0855hrs and continue along Trevol Road, serving Goad Avenue, Trevithic Avenue, Antony Road, Torpoint Ferry, Marine Drive and Carbiele Road. The service will run half hourly until 1440hrs. Single fares only, ENCTS cards can be used on the service. We do hope that this service will alleviate the problems that many of the people of Torpoint have encountered since the departure of First bus and the relocation of the doctors surgery. As this service is a commercial one, ie it has no subsidy from local councils, It is up to the lovely people of Torpoint to patronise your REAL local bus service and go with the Alpha Line

Royal Buses 150 [PH1086607.016] Polmanter Hayle

VOSA New Registration:

  • PH1086607/16 - NICHOLAS COLIN EASTWOOD T/A Royal Buses, 
  • Registration Accepted
  • Starting Point: Polmanter Touring Park
  • Finish Point: Polmanter Touring Park
  • Via:
  • Service Number: 150
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping/Hail & Ride
  • Effective Date: 29-SEP-2015
  • Other Details: 7 days a week

Travel Cornwall 413 [PH1011427.083] Summercourt Wadebridge

New VOSA Registration:

  • Registration Accepted
  • Starting Point: Summercourt Bus Garage
  • Finish Point: Wadebridge, Gonvena Hill
  • Via: Trekenning, Winnards Perch
  • Service Number: 413
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping
  • Effective Date: 14-NOV-2015
  • Other Details: Monday to Friday school days only

27th September 2015

First Kernow changed to their Winter timetable this weekend just gone (27th September). These changes were in the main covered in CT019 but when that edition went live FK had not yet given details behind their changes. Typically they went live just after my post went live! For the sake of completion I repeat these details here along with a few extra maps and timetable changes not picked up previously. For timetables and maps follow the links through to each route page.

First Kernow 1 1A [PH0004983.170] Penzance Lands End

On routes 1 & 1A, the winter timetable begins. This route no longer calls at Lamorna The Wink and Lamorna Turn, other buses are available for these customers. Routes 1B & 1C are withdrawn, replaced by the new route 5 (see below).

First Kernow 2 [PH0004983.171] Falmouth Penzance

New timetable, small changes to times on Monday to Saturday evenings and Sundays and public holidays to improve connectivity. The 0845 journey from Falmouth The Moor to Penryn Campus is withdrawn due to low passenger numbers.

First Kernow 5 [PH0004983.468] Paul Penzance

New Monday - Saturday daytime route. This is an hourly connection between Penzance and Paul via Alverton, Newlyn, Gwavas Estate and Sheffield. This replaces the connections provided by former routes 1B & 1C. One journey in each direction goes via Lansdowne Estate and Newlyn Coombe. There is also one journey from Gwavas Estate Monday to Saturday at 0855 in response to requests from customers.

First Kernow 6 [PH0004983.172] Mousehole Penzance

Winter timetable begins, with a frequency of every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday, and hourly on Sundays and public holiday daytimes. During the winter period there will be no service Sunday evenings.

First Kernow 10 10A [PH0004983.173] Lower Boscawell Penzance

New timetable.

First Kernow 14 [PH0004983.174] St Ives Truro

New timetable, includes small changes to early morning and evening peak journeys and small changes throughout on Sundays and public holidays.

First Kernow 17 17A 17B [PH0004983.173] Penzance St Ives

New timetable, includes retimed Monday to Saturday early morning journeys. Monday to Saturday evening and Sunday daytime buses will still be hourly. No service Sunday evenings during winter. Routes 17A & 17B are withdrawn for winter.

First Kernow 18 [PH0004983.174] Penzance St Ives

New timetable, with changes to timings for Monday to Saturday evening journeys. The last bus from Truroto Camborne will depart 30 minutes later at 2335 in response to customer feedback. The route X18 peak journey from Truro to Penzance is withdrawn due to low passenger numbers.

First Kernow 21 [PH0004983.500] Newquay St Austell

New timetable with very small changes to Monday to Saturday daytime timetables. Changes to evening times in particular, but frequency remains the same

First Kernow 22 [PH0004983.517] St Austell Truro

Timetable is unchanged, except the Monday to Friday 0610 Probus Square to Truro bus station journey, which is withdrawn due to low passenger numbers

First Kernow 23 [PH0004983.511] St Austell Newquay

Route withdrawn and replaced with extended route 25. (This one does not appear to have been on VOSA unless I have missed it!)

First Kernow 24 [PH0004983.504]Fowey Mevagissey

The service frequency is reduced to hourly on Monday to Saturday daytime and to two-hourly on Monday to Saturday evenings and on Sunday for the winter period. Additional facilities on Monday to Saturday daytime between Fowey and St Austell are provided by route 25.

First Kernow 25 [PH0004983.514] Polmear St Austell Newquay

Very late VOSA entry:

  • PH0004983/514 - 
  • Variation Accepted by SN: 
  • Operating between Newquay, Manor Road and Fowey, Safe Harbour Hotel 
  • given service number 25 
  • effective from 27-Sep-2015. 
  • To amend Route and Timetable.

Route is extended from St Austell to and from Newquay, this is along the same route as the previous route 23. New timetable, hourly between Fowey and St Stephen via St Austell, and every 2 hours between St Stephen and Newquay

First Kernow Route-025 2015 09 27.jpg

First Kernow 27 [PH0004983.196,505] Truro Bodmin

Monday to Saturday journeys at 1634 from Bodmin, and 1835 from Truro will not go via Grampound Road. Route 22 provides an alternative connection

First Kernow 30 [PH0004983.515] St Austell local

No change from the current timetable, except that the 1511hrs ex Penrice Academy on school days only no longer diverts via Killyvarder Way due to traffic congestion caused by parked vehicles.

First Kernow 37 [PH0004983.376,447] Redruth The Lizard

The following additional journeys are provided on Monday to Saturday in response to customer feedback:-

0655hrs RNAS Culdrose to Redruth Railway Station arrive 0746hrs
1810hrs Redruth Railway Station to RNAS Culdrose arrive 1901hrs
1836hrs Helston opposite Seven Stars to Redruth Railway Station arrive 1911hrs

The existing 0720hrs Helston opposite Seven Stars to Redruth Railway Station journey is withdrawn

The following journeys on Saturday are withdrawn for the winter period:-

1041hrs Helston Tesco to Redruth Railway Station
1145hrs Redruth Railway Station to Helston Sainsburys for Flambards
1228hrs Helston Sainsburys for Flambards to Redruth Railway Station
1400hrs Redruth Railway Station to Helston Tesco

Alterations to Monday to Saturday evenings and Sunday and Public Holidays timetables to improve connectivity

First Kernow 45 [PH0004983.446] Helston Camborne

No change from the current timetable, except that an additional journey is provided on Monday to Friday from Camborne Bus Station depart 1745hrs to Praze-an-Beeble The Square arrive 1755hrs at the request of Cornwall Council.

First Kernow 47 [PH0004983.443] Troon Truro

No change from the current timetable, except that the 2337hrs Redruth Railway Station to Crofthandy Shelter journey on Monday to Saturday is withdrawn due to negligible passenger numbers .

First Kernow 56 [PH0004983.518] Newquay Padstow

Revised timetable provided seven journeys in each direction between Newquay and Padstow on Monday to Saturday and three journeys on Sunday. (This one does not appear to have been on VOSA unless I have missed it!)

First Kernow 57 [PH0004983.521] Newquay St Ives

Route withdrawn for winter.

Cornwall Olympian farewell August 2015 249
© Jason Beverley 28th August 2015 St Ives.

First Kernow 58 [PH0004983.512] Newquay Pentire

All journeys operate ten minutes earlier throughout.

First Kernow 59 [PH0004983.519] Newquay Hendra

Route withdrawn for winter.

First Kernow 84 85 [PH0004983.513] Truro Newquay

Route 85 Winter timetable begins. This is the same as the timetable that ran until 23 May 2015, with the exeption of the 1605 journey from Truro to Newquay, which now runs 5 minutes later in response to customer feedback. Route 84 withdrawn.

First Kernow 86 [PH0004983.522] Truro Newquay

Route withdrawn for winter.

First Kernow 87 [PH0004983.501] Truro Newquay

New timetable, buses run hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes and every 2 hours Monday to Saturday evenings and Sunday daytimes. Journeys will no longer go via Perran Sands holiday park during winter

First Kernow 90 91 92 93 94 [PH0004983.498] Truro Newquay etc

90: New ‘fast’ route on Monday to Saturday between Newquay and Truro via St Columb Minor, Quintrell Downs and Dairyland – this new route does not serve Mitchell, St Erme, Trispen or Tregurra. Northbound buses depart from Truro Bus Station at 0820hrs (Monday to Friday), 0920hrs and every hour until 1620hrs with a journey time of fifty minutes – southbound buses depart from Newquay Manor Road Bus Station at 0900hrs and every hour until 1500hrs and then at 1605hrs and 1705hrs with a journey time of forty-eight minutes.

91: Route withdrawn, please see routes 90, 92, 93 and 95 for replacement buses.

92: Small changes to times on this peak hour route.

93: All journeys in both directions are diverted via Truro Tregurra Lane, following the withdrawal of route 92. Minor revisions to Monday to Saturday daytime timetable, but two-hourly frequency on Monday to Saturday evenings and on Sunday reinstated for winter period .

94: Service reduced to two Monday to Saturday peak journeys in each direction – customers wishing to travel between Newquay and Wadebridge during Monday to Saturday daytime will have to change buses at St Columb Major.

95: New through service between Truro and Wadebridge providing three Monday to Saturday off-peak journeys in each direction in response to customer feedback – journeys will depart from Truro Bus Station at 1010hrs, 1310hrs and 1610hrs and from Wadebridge Bus Station at 0850hrs, 1150hrs and 1450hrs. This new service will be routed via Truro Tregurra Lane, St Erme/Trispen, Fraddon, Indian Queens, St Columb Road and St Columb Major.

Customers wishing to travel between Truro and Wadebridge during Monday to Saturday peak hours will continue to have to change buses at St Columb Major.

First Kernow 300 [PH0004983.472]Lands End St Ives

Route withdrawn for winter.

First Kernow 945 [PH0004983.446] Helston Camborne Cornwall College Bus

New timetable

First Kernow X18 {PH0004983.496] Penzance Truro

The route X18 evening peak journey from Truro to Penzance is withdrawn due to negligible passenger numbers.

The Next Two Weeks

Previously announced changes coming up in the next two weeks:

Royal Buses 150 [PH1086607.016] Polmanter Hayle

New route (see above) from 29 September 2015

  • 150 Polmanter - St Ives – Hayle
  • We're happy to announce that we will be starting a bus service covering Halsetown, St Ives, Carbis Bay, Lelant, and Hayle at the end of September. It will be operating between 8:20am and 7:30pm, we aim to provide lower cost bus travel to the area
Royal Buses Route-150 2015 09 29.jpg


Fleet News

First Kernow

The first of the narrow Dennis Dart / Caetano buses have now started to arrive. 43869-74  EG52FFL/T/U/V/J/Y are believed to have arrived so far.

Repaints into the First Kernow Olympia livery include 43870 43872 43874 43873 AND 69219

28 September 2015

Richard does Kingsbridge

I did promise some more Kingsbridge photos, especially ones taken away from the Bus station so we start off with some from Richard Smith

Western National








Thanks once again to Richard for the great shots. There will be more Kingsbridge shots shortly...

26 September 2015

Enviro News

The Plymouth Citybus Enviro 400 fleet have been seeing a few changes recently:

We start off with a last chance to see the three Flash colours together in a posed photo shoot laid on by Plymouth Citybus before 504 enters the paintshop this week:

Yellow Red Blue Flash

501 and 502 are still out in plain red (I believe) with 503 the first to get the full RED FLASH treatment.You will note the slight difference with the others as the "Up to every 10 minutes" lettering is missing from the rear wedge. The reason these have been repainted red is due to the increase in frequency for much of the route.

Plymouth Citybus 503 Red Flash

Plymouth Citybus 502 WF63LZB

502 in plain red

Meanwhile you may just notice a subtle change for these two...

Plymouth Citybus 517 WG63HHV

Plymouth Citybus 518 WG63HHW

They have actually swapped identities so in effect have now swapped fleet numbers as can be seen from these older photos:

Plymouth Citybus 517 WG63HHW

Plymouth Citybus 518

Thanks to Lauren for the top photo and Richard Smith for most of the others!