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There is plenty going on in and around Plymouth at the moment. Cornwall tenders are due shortly and other changes for Summer services are starting to appear. We should see the Scanias repainted by Citybus this month too. As always your comments are more than welcome!
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16 April 2014

A short history of Gold

I have been catching up with the recent and upcoming timetable changes for all the bus routes in and around Plymouth. These are going on to my sister Plymothian Bus Services site as I get them sorted. One service which has registered changes is Stagecoach GOLD. The full history of this route (or technically three routes) is detailed below as it appears on Plymothian Bus Services, most recent details on top.

27 March 2014

PH1020951/197 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB Variation Accepted Starting Point: Torquay Strand Finish Point: Totnes Royal Seven Stars Via: Service Number: GOLD Service Type: Normal Stopping Effective Date: 19 May 2014 Other Details: Daily service, Half hourly Mon-Sat and 2 hourly Sundays & Bank Holidays

PH1020951/198 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB Variation Accepted Starting Point: Totnes Royal Seven Stars Finish Point: Plymouth Via: Service Number: GOLD Service Type: Normal Stopping Effective Date:19 May 2014 Other Details: Daily service - hourly Mon to Sats & 2 hourly Sundays & Bank Holidays

PH1020951/199 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB Variation Accepted Starting Point: Totnes Royal Seven Stars Finish Point: Dartmouth Via: Service Number: GOLD Service Type: Normal Stopping Effective Date: 19 May 2014 Other Details: Mondays to Saturdays except Bank Holidays - hourly service

30 January 2014


Stagecoach 15927 YN63BWX

4 November 2013

we're introducing some extra journeys on Stagecoach Gold which we hope you’ll find useful.

Details PDF

TIMETABLE PDF

24 October 2013

PH1020951/197 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB Variation Accepted Starting Point: Torquay Strand Finish Point: Totnes Royal Seven Stars Via: Service Number: GOLD Service Type: Normal Stopping Effective Date: 04-NOV-2013 Other Details: Daily service, Half hourly Mon-Sat and 2 hourly Sundays & Bank Holidays

PH1020951/198 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB Variation Accepted Starting Point: Totnes Royal Seven Stars Finish Point: Plymouth Via: Service Number: GOLD Service Type: Normal Stopping Effective Date: 04-NOV-2013 Other Details: Daily service - hourly Mon to Sats & 2 hourly Sundays & Bank Holidays

PH1020951/199 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB Variation Accepted Starting Point: Totnes Royal Seven Stars Finish Point: Dartmouth Via: Service Number: GOLD Service Type: Normal Stopping Effective Date: 04-NOV-2013 Other Details: Mondays to Saturdays except Bank Holidays - hourly service

30 September 2013

The service will operate 7 days a week up to every half hour between Torquay, Paignton and Totnes and then up to every hour to either Dartmouth or Plymouth.

TIMETABLE PDF

GOLD Stagecoach Bus

31 July 2013

PH1020951/197 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB Registration Accepted Starting Point: Torquay Strand Finish Point: Totnes Royal Seven Stars Via: Service Number: GOLD Service Type: Normal Stopping Effective Date: 30-SEP-2013 Other Details: Daily service, Half hourly Mon-Sat and 2 hourly Sundays & Bank Holidays

PH1020951/198 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB Registration Accepted Starting Point: Totnes Royal Seven Stars Finish Point: Plymouth Via: Service Number: GOLD Service Type: Normal Stopping Effective Date: 30-SEP-2013 Other Details: Daily service - hourly Mon to Sats & 2 hourly Sundays & Bank Holidays

PH1020951/199 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB Registration Accepted Starting Point: Totnes Royal Seven Stars Finish Point: Dartmouth Via: Service Number: GOLD Service Type: Normal Stopping Effective Date: 30-SEP-2013 Other Details: Mondays to Saturdays except Bank Holidays - hourly service

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From Surf to Star [4] Northampton, fbb's birth-town, has a population of about 220,000. It has a poor bus station but a good network of bus services run almost exclusively by Stagecoach.
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15 April 2014

Devons Delightfully Dashing Dart

I know there are quite a few who do not like the new First livery, (I am a fan!) but many agree that it does sit really well on the Plaxton Pointer Darts. First Devon have surprised us with their most recent repaint as its 424673 R463CCV one of the older buses in the new scheme. It is also a surprise (disappointment?) to see the DEVON names back in use rather than something more local. It is a shame that Torpoint and Tavistock get their own names but Plymouth does not. That said, if we get a few more buses repainted like this it is going to be welcomed by many as the fleet has been looking down at heel recently compared with a few years ago. IMG_8023
©Richard Smith

Just another day running a bus company

14 April: We're having a few issues with our website timetables today. Our web hosts are looking into it and hopefully it will be fixed ASAP. But for the time being there are no timetables in the Timetables section of our Journey Planning section of our website. However you can still view and download pdfs of all the timetablebooklets
Jacketts Coaches 14 April Service Update - 13
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11 April 2014

Streamlining

Plymouth Herald: First bus announces changes to Plymouth services

A BUS firm has announced it will be ‘streamlining’ its services in Plymouth, south Devon and East Cornwall. First bus said the changes will be made in May with the most significant starting on May 25 restructuring the Plymouth to Tavistock route. The firm said there would also be changes to the Woolwell service which now calls at The George Park & Ride site.
  • Service 4 (Plymouth City Centre to Keyham): due to changes to 15 service, buses will now run 10 minutes later than current timetable.
  • Service 15 (Plymouth City Centre to Derriford, Roborough and Woolwell): revised timetable providing 20 minute service through to Woolwell from city centre during peak periods with most journeys operating through The George Park & Ride site for those using the Park & Ride for Derriford. During off peak periods, the Woolwell service will operate on a 20/40 minute frequency. Combined with Service 86, there will now be up to five buses an hour towards Derriford during peak periods.
  • Service 48 (Plymouth to Wembury): On Sunday, one journey a day will extend from Burrator to Exeter, which will effectively be Service 82.
  • Service 83 (Plymouth to Yelverton and Tavistock): Frequency of timetable is changing so there is one bus every 30 minutes which will run in conjunction with Service 86. During peak periods, there will be four buses an hour and three buses an hour during off peak times. Evening journeys from Milehouse will be withdrawn and will serve Mutley instead.
  • Service 84 (Plymouth to Derriford and Tavistock): Service 84 is being withdrawn but a direct service to Tavistock will be introduced instead.
  • Service 86 (Plymouth to Derriford and Tavistock): Service 86 is being enhanced to run every 30 minutes during peak periods and hourly at off peak times. Off peak, it will form part of the 20 minute headway with Service 15 from Plymouth to Derriford. Along with Service 83, there will be four buses an hour during peak times and three buses an hour off peak. Off peak journeys into Plymouth will operate via The George Park & Ride site. Evening Service 83s will run as Service 86 to Mutley.

Customers who want more information about the changes or timetables should visit www.firstgroup.com/devon.

I will have a closer look at these changes once the full timetables are published. It sounds complicated but I am sure that's just the way it has been written up. It looks like an increase in Tavistock services at peak times at least and also quite an increase for Derriford Hospital - The George Park & Ride which represents a big attack on Target Travels service.

One thing which caught my eye was the last line suggesting you visit www.firstgroup.com/devon for more information... Error   Missing Page   FirstGroup plc.

Of course the full url you need is www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/devon_cornwall

where you can indeed find the latest updates - on Somerset buses! I am sure the details of these Devon changes will appear on their web site in due course, just a shame they were not there when the story was published by The Herald. It does not look good when you give out the wrong web site address and then don't have the information there anyway!
However, I know a lot of people at Derriford will be looking out for these details with anticipation!

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10 April 2014

Ten Years starting Now

Its a bit vague but then this is the start of a ten year plan which should be welcome news...
Ten year Plan for Plymouth Rail Station Work to create an exciting 10-year masterplan for the redevelopment of Plymouth Rail Station and the surrounding area is now under way. The 10-year plan, which is one of Plymouth City Council’s 100 pledges, will be developed in partnership with station owner Network Rail, station operator First Great Western and Plymouth University. As well as improving capacity at the station it aims to create a more welcoming ‘gateway’ to the city, revitalising the area around the station and its approaches.

Rail is the most important public transport mode for longer distance trips to and from Plymouth and the rail station has seen consistent passenger growth of about four per cent each year over the last decade. Footfall is now in excess of 2.5 million a year, compared with 1.4 million in 2002/2003 and the station needs more capacity to deal with increasing passenger numbers as both the population and rail use continue to grow.

The start of work on the plan follows the recent announcement of a multi-million-pound investment package for the city centre, which includes a new inter-city coach hub on the site of the closed Mayflower West multi-storey car park. It will also build on the recent investment made by the Council (part-funded by the Department for Transport and Sustrans) to improve pedestrian and cycle access to the station, complemented by improvements made by First Great Western to the entrance and passenger waiting area.

These have included the extension of the concourse, new customer information screens and improvements to waiting areas and toilets. A major upgrade of the pedestrian subway within the station is also now under way. Council Leader Tudor Evans said: “Plymouth is the leading economic driver in the far South West and needs a railway and a station that are fit for the 21st century. A city with a population of 261,000 and growing, it also deserves a more welcoming gateway than is currently offered. This plan will transform the station and its surroundings over the next 10 years and create a regional rail hub that can better match Plymouth’s growth aspirations.” Sarah McManus, Major Projects Manager for First Great Western said: “First Great Western is pleased to be working with Plymouth City Council, Network Rail and Plymouth University to develop plans for the station. We know the importance the Council and the city place on good, resilient rail links and we are delighted to be part of the group that will now work together to take plans forward. We are currently working on a £500,000 upgrade to the station subway.

Formal consultation has also started on a timetable change that will see an earlier arrival into Plymouth from London.” Professor Julian Beer, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Regional Enterprise) at Plymouth University, said:

“As a city with great ambitions, Plymouth deserves a transport system that enables residents, students and businesses alike to stay connected with the rest of the UK.

The railway station is a vital gateway to the city, and through the 10-year plan we are working to create a memorable first impression for all who use it. This is an important project for the University and the city and, combined with other recent infrastructure investments and expanding innovation and enterprise programmes, we are creating a platform for Plymouth to thrive in the future.” Plymouth Station HST

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