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

27 May 2020

Citybus Increase Services with some guests


Bus services in Plymouth are set to double on the 31st May as part of our continued effort to aid social distancing for those who need to make journeys by bus.

As more and more people return to work, the Citybus network in Plymouth will be at 80% of the capacity it was pre COVID. Main routes, including those to hospitals will be brought back to 100%.

We have set up a handy ‘Making travel Safer’ guide here (https://www.plymouthbus.co.uk/news-service-updates/making-travel-safer/), outlining key messages and government advise. You will also see this messaging at bus stops and on buses.

To maximise coverage, we have also taken this opportunity to re route some services. These are services 35, 40/41, 61/62. New maps can be found under each of these routes on the timetables page of our site.

Due to the ever-changing landscape we will not be installing timetable departure times at bus stops. Our app will show live and planned departures, plus stops with real time displays will show when buses are due. Our website also has all timetables published.

You may see some loan buses from our sister companies running our services, as we utilise all we can to get more capacity on the roads.

Full route by route detail of the new network are listed below…

5/5A    These services will operate a combined frequency of up to every 15 minutes to Plymstock Monday to Saturday, and a combined frequency of up to every 30 minutes on Sunday.

Services to Saltash will operate up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday with an hourly Sunday service.

8/9      These services will operate a combined frequency of up to every 10 minutes Monday to Friday, 15 minutes on Saturday and 30 minutes on Sunday.

16        This service will operate up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sunday.

20/A    Hourly Service 20A to Ivybridge will operate, with most shorter service 20’s being withdrawn. We have retained the busier journeys for school movements and commuters.

21/A    We will be restoring this service back to a combined frequency of up to every 10 minutes Monday to Friday, and every 15 minutes Saturday and Sunday.

23/24  These services will operate a combined frequency of up to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday. Sunday services will continue to operate hourly.

25        No change

27/28  These services will operate hourly each via Eggbuckland to Crownhill, with early journeys to Derriford Hospital retained.

Sunday services operate on alternate hours on the same timetable as present.

33        This service will operate up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sunday.

34        This service will operate up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sunday. Early morning journeys on Sunday retained.

35/A/B Services 35 and 35A will operate on their existing routes. Service 35B operates the reverse of Service 35A. Each will operate hourly Monday to Saturday, giving a combined 20 minute service to Ham and Beacon Park.

Sunday services will operate as 35A and 35B, giving a combined service of up to every 30 minutes.

40/41  Service 40 will operate from the City Centre via Looseleigh Lane to Southway and from Southway via Whitleigh Cross to the City Centre. Service 41 will operate the reverse of the 40 route, with a combined frequency of up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday. Southway on a Sunday will still continue to be served by the 42A/42D and 40A/41A.

42        Service will operate half hourly to William Prance Road and Derriford Hospital with an hourly extension to serve Powisland Drive (Tavistock Road), George Park & Ride (Morgan Road), Asda and Mainstone.

42A      Every 30 minutes to Tamerton Foliot via Southway

42C   Every 30 minutes to George Park & Ride and Woolwell

42D (Sunday) This will continue to operate as per current timetable.

42/42A/42C will provide a combined frequency between Plymouth City Centre and Derriford Hospital via Mutley Plain of up to every 10 minutes Monday to Friday, with five buses per hour on Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sunday. Early morning journeys on Sunday retained.

43        This service will operate up to every 20 minutes Monday to Friday, and every 30 minutes Saturday and Sunday.

44/A    These services will operate up to every 20 minutes to Whitleigh Monday to Saturday, with an hourly 44A to St Budeaux operating Monday to Friday.

Sunday services will operate hourly as per the current timetable.

48        This service will operate hourly Monday to Saturday.

50/51  These services will operate up to every 20 minutes Monday to Friday, and every 30 minutes Saturday and Sunday. Early morning journeys on Sunday retained.

61/62  Service 61 will operate as per its current route out and back to Transit Way up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday, and hourly on Sunday.

Service 62 will operate from Weston Park Road via Outland Road (for Morrisons), Sheridan Road and St Peters Road to Transit Way and back.

This will operate up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday, and hourly on Sunday.

On Saturday some journeys on the Services 61 and 62 will not serve Transit Way due to ongoing congestion. As such, they will operate a different turning loop as below:

Service 61 from City Centre to Honicknowle Green will run via Little Dock Lane and Crownhill Road to Coombe Park Lane back to Honicknowle Green to return to the City Centre

Service 62 from Sheridan Road will operate via Cobbett Road, Honicknowle Lane, Shakespeare Road, St Peters Road back to Sheridan Road.

26 May 2020

Starting back up

Operators are looking to restart services with many starting up again as from the 1st June. Summercourt Travel have already registered their services restarting with all of these as from 31st May. The 405 provided by Robert & Sharon Ryder is also restarting from this date. Links below go through to the main route pages but timetables etc have yet to appear on Traveline although I am sure they will do very shortly.

 Licence  Route  Start Point  End Point  Effective  Notes OPERATOR
PH1011427.087 22 St. Austell Bus Station, St. Stephen Truro Bus Station 31-May-2020 Resume service SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.084 23 St. Austell, South Street. Gorran Haven Car Park. 31-May-2020 Resume service SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.086 25 Summercourt Bus Garage.
St Austell
Safe Harbour Hotel, Fowey. 31-May-2020 Resume service SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.088 28 Lostwithiel, Cott Road, Luxulyan, St Blazey St Austell Bus Station 31-May-2020 Resume service

Operating school day service
SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.089 66 Bohelland Rise,  Penryn Victoria Square, Truro 31-May-2020 Resume service SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH0006937.002 405 Pedne Carne Caravan Park Bodmin Sainsbury 31-May-2020 Service resumes ROBERT DENNIS RYDER & SHARON CHRISTINA RYDER
PH1011427.013 408 Summercourt Bus Garage, Porthe Beach Newquay Airport 31-May-2020 Service resumes SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.094 421 Summercourt Bus Garage, St Dennis Nanpean, St. Georges Road 31-May-2020 Service resumes SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.091 428 East Looe (Bridge), St Austell, Lostwithiel Summercourt, London Inn 31-May-2020 Service resumes SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.073 451 ROSELAND SCHOOL , TREGONY VICTORIA SQUARE, TRURO 31-May-2020 Service resumes SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.096 466 Penryn, Truro Hill Truro, Lemon Quay 31-May-2020 Service resumes SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.061 481 482 Polruan, Polperro [481]
Polruan, Lanreath [482]
Looe/Bodmin 31-May-2020 Service resumes SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.095 483 Fowey, Hanson Road, Golant Turn Lostwithiel, Cott Road 31-May-2020 Service resumes SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.067 484 Malpas Village, Truro City, Redannick Malpas Village 31-May-2020 Service resumes SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.085 496 River Street, Truro, Malpas Estate, Boscawen Park Chellew Road, Truro 31-May-2020 Service resumes SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.093 499 Tregony Square, Ladock Summercourt, London Inn 31-May-2020 Service resumes SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD

Summercourt have been excellent with updating their registrations on DVSA.

22 May 2020

Shearings Holidays

After todays sad news there can only be one choice of Two for Today


BK11COJ January 2012

Shearings BK11COJ 313

BF10VCO, MX04AEU and MX06ANR April 2010

Shearings Backsides

21 May 2020

Slowly getting there

NATIONAL Express plans to restart its UK coach service in July, the transport group said today as it looked to how the business will benefit as lockdowns ease. Shares in the FTSE 250 bus and coach operator rose 13.7p, or more than 7%, to 195.9p, as it gave a number of positive updates to the City. Although the firm saw April revenues plunge around 50% as passenger numbers dropped due to travel restrictions, it managed to cut costs. It also secured more financial headroom, including getting £600 million from the Government’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility. National Express now has £1.5 billion in liquidity.

The company said it has started selling coach tickets for a July 1 restart. It suspended the service in early April as Brits were encouraged to work from home. Coaches will operate in line with Government guidance on social distancing, run on a reduced timetable and be focused on cities and large towns.

The firm added that it has won a new school bus contract in the US, and forecast increased demand for its buses in Spain and Morocco as lockdowns lift.

The first service that hits us in Devon (nothing across the river to start with) is new service 805

route-805

The current planned timetable can be found here in the PTBS Library.


So Two for Today has to be a couple of 3 axle National Express coaches, a few years apart:

FN63PWU June 2015

Bruce, Salsburgh FN63PWU

N315BYA August 2008

Trathens N315BYA