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Quite a bit to look forward to over the coming months: The next batch of Enviro 400Citys double deckers should be due fairly soon with some secondhand Enviro 200s from London also heading our way. Leaving Plymouth will be the Volvo / Wrights and more of the older double deckers.
After a quiet period struggling with a rubbish computer I am now back up and running regular posts again. New fleet lists etc will also follow over the coming weeks...

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16 September 2019

Mayflower 400

Yet another new livery for a Citybus Enviro…

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Thanks to Jake Street who caught these at Milehouse a day or so ago

First Group Sale–Kernow to Management?

There have been rumours for a while but this is the first time I have seen it in print…


EMBATTLED transport operator First-Group is poised to offload part of its bus business to its own managers amid mounting industry concern of a shakeup by politicians.
A string of management buyouts are said to be the front-runners vying for First's bus operations in Bristol, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. A similar swoop by managers is also being pulled together in East Anglia.
First put its entire UK bus arm up for sale earlier this year, alongside North American coach arm Greyhound, following pressure from its biggest shareholders.
The largest of these, activist Coast Capital Management, launched a campaign over the summer to oust half of the board. While Coast failed to attract majority shareholder support, First's chairman and two other directors would later step down.
Some investors want the company to also exit UK rail and concentrate on more profitable operations in the US.
FirstGroup's plans to put its UK bus operations on the market were revealed after the earlier sale of part of its sprawling Manchester operation to rival Go-Ahead.
The bus industry remains fearful of tighter regulation across major cities. Andy Burnham, the Manchester mayor, has already announced plans to run bus services using a franchise model. Others considering similar plans include Liverpool, Sheffield, Cambridge and Peterborough.
As a result, one industry source said: "No one has much enthusiasm for buying bus companies."
A First spokesman said: "There are a number of potential outcomes for the separation of First Bus from the group and we are pursuing these options. Although we do not comment on market rumours or speculation, it would be incorrect at this stage to say any one outcome is more likely than another."

Daily Telegraph, The/The Sunday Telegraph (London, England) (Published as Sunday Telegraph, The (London, England)) - September 15, 2019

First Kernow 33242 at Lands End on service A1

© Teggers419 (cc)

As always we will have to wait and see what actually happens…

14 September 2019

Devon & Cornwall Transit 172

The weekly look at service changes across Devon & Cornwall. A few odds and ends this week, including a few late ones which have already started

As usual please click through on the Licence number for more details and full route histories on the PTBS web site. Links to Traveline and other timetables and maps are provided below where possible, but always check with the operators own web site for up to date information before you travel!

The following service changes are planned for this coming week 16th – 22nd September (or before!)


Dart Pleasure Craft Ltd • PH0007025.046 • RiverLink

LicenceRouteStart PointEnd PointEffectiveNotes
PH0007025.046 NT1 Churston Railway Station Greenway House 19-Sep-2019 ROUTE ENDS FOR THE SEASON


Dealtop (Plymouth) Ltd

LicenceRouteStart PointEnd PointEffectiveNotes
PH2015480.005  59 Plymouth, Royal Parade George Park & Ride 16-Sep-2019 Cancellation.
Taken on by Oakleys


First Hampshire & Dorset Ltd • PH0006159 • First Wessex

LicenceRouteStart PointEnd PointEffectiveNotes
PH0006159.414 X51 Bridport Coach Station Axminster Rail Station 22-Sep-2019 Revised timetable - introduction of winter level of service
X51 Traveline Timetables and maps


First South West • PH0004983 • Cornwall by KERNOW

LicenceRouteStart PointEnd PointEffectiveNotes
PH0004983.513  85 Newquay Truro 16-Sep-2019 The 86 via Perranporth will be withdrawn at the request of Cornwall Council in order to route all buses via St Newlyn East. The 85 will run every 90 minutes.
85 Traveline Timetable and maps


Hatch Green Garage Ltd • PH1037931

LicenceRouteStart PointEnd PointEffectiveNotes
PH1037931/020 382 Sidmouth Whimple 05-Sep-2019 Route and timetable amended.
382 Traveline Timetable and maps


Paul Simon Oakley • PH1071418

Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH1091418.005  59 George Junction Park and ride, Plymouth Royal parade, Plymouth 16-Sep-2019 Monday to Saturday
59 Traveline Timetable & Maps


Dennis Oates • PH0004748

LicenceRouteStart PointEnd PointEffectiveNotes
PH0004748.009 346 Mousehole, Coastguard Hotel Mounts Bay Academy 02-Sep-2019 Monday to Friday, school days only.
346 Traveline timetable and maps


Plymouth Citybus Ltd • PH0000135

LicenceRouteStart PointEnd PointEffectiveNotes
PH0000135.164  72 72A 72B Looe Bay Holiday Park Polperro 20-Sep-2019  Service 72/A/B: Additional services will be introduced for the Looe Festival weekend. This service will then revert to its winter timetable.
72 72 72B Festival Traveline Timetables and maps
72 72A Traveline Timetables and Maps 23 Sep onwards
PH0000135.217 279 Callington Okehampton 16-Sep-2019  Summer operation ended


Summercourt Travel Ltd • PH1011427 • Travel Cornwall

LicenceRouteStart PointEnd PointEffectiveNotes
PH1011427/057 497 Pedna Carne Truro 14-Sep-2019 Route and timetable amended - service to operate via Probus on Saturdays.
497 Traveline Timetable & Maps


The following future service changes were published this last week:

Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes OPERATOR
PH1037931.020 382 Sidmouth Whimple 05-Sep-2019 Route and timetable amended. HATCH GREEN GARAGE LTD
PH1011427.057 496 497 Pedna Carne Truro 14-Sep-2019 Route and timetable amended - service to operate via Probus on Saturdays SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH2015480.004  55 56 98 Yelverton Tavistock Bus Station 26-Oct-2019 Cancellation DEALTOP (PLYMOUTH) LTD
PH0004748.009 346 Mousehole, Coastguard Hotel Mounts Bay Academy 02-Sep-2019 Monday to Friday, school days only. DENNIS OATES

07 September 2019

Devon & Cornwall Transit 171

The weekly look at service changes across Devon & Cornwall. A large batch of changes for First Kernow for the end of the Summer Season

As usual please click through on the Licence number for more details and full route histories on the PTBS web site. Links to Traveline and other timetables and maps are provided below where possible, but always check with the operators own web site for up to date information before you travel!

The following service changes are planned for this coming week 9th – 15th September

First South West Ltd • PH0004983 • Cornwall by KERNOW

LicenceRouteStart PointEnd PointEffectiveNotes
PH0004983.438  16 16A Penzance St Ives 15-Sep-2019 No change but the morning and early evening A17 journeys via Roscadghill Parc will have slightly different times.
16 16A Traveline timetable and maps
PH0004983.500  21 Newquay Bus Station St. Austell Bus Station 15-Sep-2019 Mondays to Fridays - the 1618 from St Austell will run 30mins later to provide a through journey from St Austell College. Other journeys between 1600 and 1800 in both directions will also change as a consequence.
Sundays – no change
21 Traveline timetable and maps
PH0004983.504  24 102 Fowey Mevagissey/Lost Gardens of Heligan 15-Sep-2019 24: Mondays to Saturdays – no change
Sundays – buses will continue to run every 90 minutes until 20 October and resume from
5 April 2020. Most of these buses will be extended beyond Mevagissey to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. From 27 October to 27 March 2020 every two hours between Fowey and Mevagissey
102: This route will continue with slightly altered times until 26 October. It will resume with a revised timetable from April 2020.
102 Traveline Timetable and Maps
PH0004983.501  87 Newquay Manor Road Truro Bus Station 15-Sep-2019 Mondays to Saturdays – will revert to the standard winter timetable omitting Perran Sands Holiday Park and with slightly less running time.
Sundays – will revert to the standard winter timetable with buses every two hours
87 Traveline Timetable and Maps
PH0004983.529  95 Camelford Bude, The Strand 15-Sep-2019 No change - see below
PH0004983.531  96 Wadebridge Bus Station Camelford 15-Sep-2019 Mondays to Saturdays – no change
Sundays – the summer service will continue until 20 October and then resume from 5 April 2020
94 95 96 Traveline Timetable and Maps
PH0004983.360 101 St Austell Trinity Street Eden Project/ Luxulyan School 09-Sep-2019 Minor changes to adjust to the GWR timetable. A new timetable will apply from 15 December to connect with the new timetable
101 Traveline Timetable & Maps
PH0004983.194 228 Lostwithiel Truro College 15-Sep-2019 amended between Trafalgar Roundabout and Truro College Bus Park to operate via Morlaix Avenue

Services will serve all bus stops between the originating location and A390 Tregolls Road (Old Police Station/National Tyres) and then only stops at Truro College Bus Park.
NOTE that VOSA has this from 15 September but the operator and Traveline have it as from 5th September which does make more sense as its a school service
228 Traveline timetable and maps
PH0004983.577 233 Flushing, Royal Standard Truro College 15-Sep-2019 Monday to Friday on Truro collge days
233 First Kernow Timetable (Not on Traveline)
PH0004983.170 A 1 PENZANCE Bus Station LANDS END 15-Sep-2019 Until 26 October two buses each day will continue from Land’s End to St Just, Zennor and St Ives on route A3. The A3 will back again from 5 April 2020.
A1 Traveline Timetable & Maps
PH0004983.472 A 3 Lands End St Ives 15-Sep-2019 Two buses each day until 26 October and again from 5 April 2020.
A3 Traveline timetable and maps
PH0004983.584 A 4 Hayle Towans/St Agnes St Ives 15-Sep-2019 No buses in the winter months except for a limited service between Hayle Towans and St Ives until 18 October and again from 14 April 2020.  Buses will run over the full route from May 2020.
A4 Traveline timetable and maps
PH0004983.585 A 4 Quntrell Downs St Agnes 15-Sep-2019 see above
PH0004983.518 A 5 Newquay Bus Station Padstow Bus Terminus 15-Sep-2019 Mondays to Saturdays - the route will follow the usual winter pattern of buses approximately every 90 minutes.

Sundays - there will be a bus between Newquay and Padstow every two hours until 20 October and from 5 April 2020. From 27 October until 29 March 2020 the service (still every two hours) will be restricted to the Newquay to the Cornwall Airport Newquay section of route.
A5 Traveline Timetable & Maps
PH0004983.173 A17 A 2 PENZANCE Bus Station/ ST IVES MADRON/ ST IVES/ ST JUST 15-Sep-2019 Two buses each day until 26 October and again from 5 April 2020. Both buses will continue from St Ives to Zennor, St Just and Sennen Cove to Land’s End on route A3
A2 Traveline Timetables and Maps
A17 Traveline Timetables and Maps
PH0004983.172 M 6 PENZANCE Bus Station MOUSEHOLE 15-Sep-2019 Mondays to Saturdays – every 30mins during the day and hourly in the evenings. Sundays – usual winter pattern of an hourly service during the day but no evening buses
M6 Traveline Timetable & Maps
PH0004983.174 T 1 T2  PENZANCE, Bus Station/ ST IVES, Malakoff TRURO Bus Station/ College 15-Sep-2019 Mondays to Saturdays – no change.
Sundays – the usual winter service with some changes in the morning and early evening.
T1 T2 Traveline Timetable & Maps
PH0004983.179 U 2 Redruth Railway Station Falmouth, The Moor 15-Sep-2019 The only change is to buses before 0730 on Mondays to Fridays. Late buses between Falmouth and Penryn Campus will resume.
U2 Traveline timetable and maps
PH0004983.187 U1 U3 FALMOUTH Moor TRURO Treliske Hospital/NEWQUAY Bus Station 15-Sep-2019 U1: The only change is to buses before 0730 on Mondays to Fridays.U3  Late buses between Falmouth and Penryn Campus will resume. Mondays to Fridays only – every 15 minutes with extra buses at the start of the day from Falmouth
U1 Traveline Timetables and Maps
U3 Traveline Timetables and Maps

Future service changes registered this last week:

Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes OPERATOR
PH1117103.004 64 Torquay, Castle Circus Torquay, Middle Warberry Road 19-Oct-2019 Timetable amended D J WATTS COACH TRAVEL LTD
PH1020951.326 87 87A Tavistock Bere Alston 09-Sep-2019 Mondays to Saturdays, hourly STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
B443/CB001004 G3 Portmellon  Royal Cornwall Hospital, 01-Oct-2019 Timetable Amendment ( On Tuesdays the service will depart Truro at 12 noon instead of 12.15)  GORRAN & DISTRICT COMMUNITY BUS ASSOCIATION LTD