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We are well and truly into the bus rally season now with several events coming up which I am sure many readers will be attending. If you take any photos you feel will be of interest to our readers then please send them in - we would all love to see them!
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24 July 2014

Incoming Volvo B7Ls

More Volvo B7Ls from Somerset have arrived and entered service in Plymouth over the last few weeks:

60918 in full West of England livery! First 60918
60895 with Buses of Somerset fleetnames still carried First 60895

23 July 2014

Exeter Bus Station 50: The Green Set

Over the last few weeks I have received a few photographs from people for the blog but have not managed to fit them all in with everything else going on at the moment! Today we the second instalment of Richard Smiths photographs taken at the Exeter Bus Station 50th anniversary bus rally. The earlier red set can be found here 

Exeter Bus Station 50th Year Exeter Bus Station 50th Year Exeter Bus Station 50th Year Exeter Bus Rally POD830H Exeter Bus Rally M745UTM Exeter Bus Rally KLJ749 Exeter Bus Rally C748EFJ

22 July 2014

Torpoint - the hard way

Over the last few weeks I have received a few photographs from people for the blog but have not managed to fit them all in with everything else going on at the moment! So this morning we start to put that right starting with a few from "Laira" who was on the 31 temporary Plymouth to Torpoint service laid on while the Torpoint Ferry staff were in strike recently:

Plymouth Citybus 415 PL51LGN Plymouth Citybus 415 PL51LGN Plymouth Citybus 407 PN02CXCM

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Bluestar hands M back to Velvet Bluestar have advised that they are no longer running the M, which they had taken on after Velvet collapsed last week.
Evesham Vale Light Railway The EVLR [Evesham Vale Light Railway] held their gala days recently with both their steam locomotives "Dougal" and "St.Egwin" in steam and extra trains running.
Fruit in Pots [1] The variety available today includes "Fruit Pots" which are, no doubt, far more nutritious and healthy than the concoctions fed to the mewling an puking** baby that was to become fbb. Of course, as you come to expect in an fbb blog post, the link to public transport is tenuous in the extreme.
12: Newton Abbot - Brixham The 12 is a high frequency link between the major towns of the English Riviera, serving several major tourist attractions along the way. It runs every 10 mins Mon-Sat daytimes, every 15 mins Sunday daytimes and every 20 minutes each evening. It's run by Stagecoach and is branded as Hop 12.
'Scene' in Hanley Bus Station. The independent operators. I was familiar with the old Hanley bus station and I had not yet seen the new one that opened in 2013 so a visit was long overdue. Although it was only a weekday, it seemed crowded and a driver told me to come back at tea time when it would be gridlocked.....!

21 July 2014

the twenty eight on the twenty seventh…

Next Sunday sees a few timetable changes for Plymouth Citybus which we have not covered fully yet so...

5 June 2014

PH0000135/1 - PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA Variation Accepted: Operating between PLYMOUTH Royal Parade and KINGS TAMERTON Steph.Way given service number 16 effective from 27-Jul-2014. To amend Timetable.

27 July 2014

Service 16: Changes to the 17:32 Service Monday to Saturday with this Journey changing to depart 17:40

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5 June 2014

PH0000135/5 - PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA Variation Accepted: Operating between PLYMOUTH Royal Parade and DERRIFORD Hospital given service number 28/28B effective from 27-Jul-2014. To amend Route and Timetable.

27 July 2014

Service 28 28A 28B: Changes to this Service with Monday to Saturday Services to operate early morning and late evening Services as Service 28B. During the day services to operate up to every 30 minutes from Royal Parade to Derriford Hospital operating a common Route from Royal Parade to the top of Shallowford Road then from this point Service 28 to operate hourly by Austin Crescent Crownhill to Derriford and Service 28A operating via Mainstone to Derriford. Sunday Services to operate every 2 hours during the day and a little more often in the evening (Plymouth Supported Service).

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28 Service Map (northern section) City section remains unchanged from previous maps

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28A Service Map (northern section) City section remains unchanged from previous maps

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5 June 2014

PH0000135/145 - PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA Variation Accepted: Operating between Royal Parade and Ivybridge Rail Station given service number 45 effective from 27-Jul-2014. To amend Timetable.

27 July 2014

No details of any changes are given on Traveline or by Plymouth Citybus so there may not be a change at all!

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5 June 2014

PH0000135/150 - PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA Variation Accepted by SN: Operating between Royal Parade and Torpoint HMS Raleigh given service number 32/22B effective from 01-Jun-2014. To amend Timetable.

27 July 2014

No details of any changes are given on Traveline or by Plymouth Citybus so there may not be a change at all!

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5 June 2014

PH0000135/151 - PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA Variation Accepted: Operating between Plympton, Mudge Way and Plymouth, Notre Dame School given service number 103 effective from 27-Jul-2014. To amend Timetable.

27 July 2014

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4 July 2014


Plymouth Citybus 450

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5 June 2014

PH0000135/94 - PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA Variation Accepted: Operating between Saltash, Oaklands Green and Eldburton, Blackstone Close given service number 5/5A effective from 27-Jul-2014. To amend Route and Timetable.

27 July 2014

Slight change of route in Saltash with the Service 5A withdrawn from Barkers Hill (too much vehicle damage) and instead will return to Church Road. Within Plymstock the change is to the two afternoon School day services to Plymstock School which reducines the commitment to one school bus.

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7 July 2014

PH0000135/76 - PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA Variation Accepted: Operating between ROYAL PARADE and DERRIFORD HOSPITAL given service number 29/29A effective from 31-Aug-2014. To amend Timetable.

27 July 2014

Monday to Friday journeys during peak times to be adjusted with the 07:17 Service 29A becoming a the 07:12 Service 29 to Derriford Hospital instead. The Service 29A that operated 07:30 from Holly Park to the City Centre will instead operate from Ringmoor way at 08:00.

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Of course the next batch of timetable changes comes at the end of August as already detailed here The big change seems to be the combining of the 12 with the 42 which is extended to Tavistock every half hour. This also means most services going via Mutley Plain rather than Milehouse. I am sure it wont be long before full details are published.

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NNR Vintage Transport Weekend 2014 - part 2 The North Norfolk Railway vintage transport weekend took place on the 5th/6th July and one of our regular correspondents Colin Apps was there on the Sunday to photograph some of the interesting variety of buses (and trains!) that were either working or on display at the event
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