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.
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24 February 2021

Where Next: Stagecoach Devon

Earlier this month the full accounts for Stagecoach Devon were released on the Companies House web site

Stagecoach Devon Limited is a public transport operator, operating predominantly local bus services in Devon. The

Company also operates the Falcon coach service providing connections to Bristol city centre and the airport. The

Company operates a fleet of 432 (2019:430) buses and employs 1,247 (2019: 1 ,230) people.

Results and performance

The results of the Company for the period ended 02 May 2020 show a profit on ordinary activities before taxation of

£1,058,000 (2019 loss: £345,000) and revenue of £55,841,000 (2019: £56,279,000)

The Company's business is built on a commercial formula of low fares, investment and high customer service which

has maintained our presence in the region, however, the Company has been adversely impacted by the substantial

fall in passenger demand for public transport in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Future outlook

With the continuing uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation and the UK's recovery, it remains difficult to reliably predict

financial performance for the new financial year ending 1 May 2021. In the short-term, the actions we have taken and

the payments from government for continuing bus services should ensure we continue to generate positive EBITDA

and avoid significant operating losses. As COVID-related restrictions have been relaxed, we have restored services

and our regional bus vehicle mileage is now at around 98% of prior year levels.

Nevertheless, with ongoing physical distancing requirements placing a capacity constraint on our vehicles and

government advice discouraging public transport use in the short-term, government is continuing payments to bus

operators for the increased level of services.

Looking further ahead, we expect a lasting effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel patterns with an acceleration in

trends of increased working from home, shopping from home, telemedicine and home education. We anticipate that it

will be some time before demand for our regional bus services returns to pre-COVID levels and we are planning for a

number of scenarios. We are continuing to review our cost base, to reduce overheads and plan for adjustments to

direct and semi-direct costs across a range of scenarios. At the same time, we see positive drivers for the business

from a renewed societal focus on health, wellbeing and the environment. Buses across the UK can play a major role

in a cleaner, greener and more resilient economy and society, tackling climate change with strong government action

to reduce car use


The full document can be viewed from my Library document here

Where do they go from here?

This is a question I will be asking for the three main companies over the next week or so. These are my thoughts but please feel free to join in and add your comments!

There has been a lot of chatter over the last few months with many confidently predicting that Stagecoach would be leaving Plymouth with First South west set to come back and take over The Ride. I genuinely have no idea if this is true or not. It is quite possible that this was planned but plans have been put on hold due to lockdown in which case who knows if plans have changed?

At the time of the original takeover of Plymouths operations by Stagecoach it seemed pretty clear that one of the big advantages for Stagecoach was The Ride – with plenty of room when some of their other depots were very short of space. The setting up of The Ride as a major base for Megabus as well as the successful Falcon service seemed to bode well for Plymouth. However the Megabus side of things didn't stay here for long. Although I would stop short of saying they clearly wanted out of Plymouth, over the last few years I've often had the feeling that Stagecoach’s heart wasn't really in Plymouth. They did get a most of the City Council tenders a few years ago, only to loose many of them back to Citybus recently. Other than that nothing has changed.

So will First come back into Plymouth in a big way? That's a question I will be looking more into when I take a closer look at First South West shortly. Its easy to see what's in it for Stagecoach if they really do want out? its less clear for me why FSW would want to come back?

Pandemic Recovery

With the ending of at least some of the restrictions in sight over the coming few months all eyes will be on the operators to see how they recover from the lockdown. We don't know much of SCs plans yet but open top services do feature…

Stagecoach OT

Stagecoach OT

In the meantime the new liveries continue to roll out in Plymouth as well as the others areas of Devon. Although the standard livery is very slowly growing on me, the yellow version looks cheap compared to the excellent Stagecoach Gold brand which really did manage to convey a premium service. It seems the group as a whole is turning its back on route specific branding which is a shame. Maybe its time to renumber Gold as X80 or something?

Stagecoach 10460 SN65NZT

So what do you think the rest of 2021 holds for Stagecoach in Devon? and in particular do their plans include pulling out or staying in Plymouth?

21 February 2021

Devon & Cornwall Transit 2021 Week 7

The usual weekly look back on what has been published on the Registered Local Bus Services site over the last week. As most weeks at the moment much of this has already happened due to very short notice changes due to COVID19. There are also quite a few changes outstanding that have not appeared in the daily download yet – and I am sure quite a few timetable changes that are being missed as they are not being published.

Two sets of notifications published this week:

  • Summercourt Travel (Travel Cornwall) have a couple of late suspensions from last week along with one new timetable for the 428 from the 22nd March
  • Plymouth Citybus have a batch of new timetables for Transport for Cornwall services at the end of March. Most of these already have new timetables and maps on Traveline which can be found by clicking on the relevant licence number below.
 Licence  Route  Start Point  End Point  Effective  Notes OPERATOR
PH0000135.262 2 Penzance, Marazion, Porthleven, Helston Praa Sands 03-Apr-2021 Timetable Change PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
PH0000135.286 7 Penzance, Zennor, St Just, Lands End 01-Apr-2021 Service operates winter only. Does not operate after 1st April and before 1st November 2021. However a new Timetable has been published on Traveline from 1st April PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
PH0000135.233 30 St Austell Town Service St Austell Town Service 29-Mar-2021 additional journey 1640 from Penrice School PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
PH0000135.236 36 Truro, Stithians, Porkellis Helston 28-Mar-2021 Revised Sunday timetable PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
PH0000135.237 37 37A Helston Town, Manor Way, Pendeen Park Helston Town 29-Mar-2021 Service withdrawn from Bosnowick PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
PH0000135.240 39A 39H 39M Penzance, Leedstown Camborne 29-Mar-2021 39A journeys to sedrve Jelbert Way Penzance PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
PH0000135.241 45 Troon, Beacon, Camborne, Tolvaddon Troon 28-Mar-2021 Revise times of schoolday journeys to improve time keeping PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
PH0000135.242 46 Truro, Carnon Downs, Perranwell, Redruth Truro 29-Mar-2021 Revise route in Camborne to serve Boiler Works Road PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
PH0000135.245 54 Bodmin Town Service Bodmin Town Service 29-Mar-2021 Revise timetable to operate Bodmin Mount Folly to Bodmin Mount Folly PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
PH0000135.248 59 Newquay, Chester Road Treloggan 29-Mar-2021 Extend service at Treloggan to Sweet Briar Close PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
PH0000135.209 89 Bodmin, Bugle & Ladock Truro 29-Mar-2021 Service re routed via Lanivet PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
PH1011427.013 408 Summercourt Bus Garage Old Cattle Market, Trekenning Road 15-Feb-2021 Temporary suspension of service due to Covid-19 national lockdown SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.094 421 Summercourt Bus Garage Nanpean, St. Georges Road 15-Feb-2021 Temporary suspension of service due to Covid-19 national lockdown SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.091 428 East Looe (Bridge), St Austell, Lostwithiel Summercourt, London Inn 22-Mar-2021 Timetable variation SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.093 499 Tregony Square, Ladock Summercourt, London Inn 15-Feb-2021 Temporary suspension of service due to Covid-19 national lockdown SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH0000135.275 515 Penzance Hayle 29-Mar-2021 Revise route on certain school time journeys PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD

Its nice to see a few future service changes starting to come through for the end of March, although of course whether these happen or not will be down to the state of lockdown imposed at the time. Things are looking positive as the NHS led vaccination program continues to roll out.

20 February 2021

Big change at the top (FSW)

I hope this come out ok and is not too difficult to read..

APC (180221)

Whether you are a First Fan or not, you have to admit he and his team have done an amazing job turning First in Cornwall to the success that it is today.

We wish him all the best in his retirement. 

14 February 2021

Devon & Cornwall Transit 2021 Week 6

The usual weekly look back on what has been published on the Registered Local Bus Services site over the last week. As most weeks at the moment much of this has already happened due to very short notice changes due to COVID19. There are also quite a few changes outstanding that have not appeared in the daily download yet – and I am sure quite a few timetable changes that are being missed as they are not being published.


As expected things are very quiet at the moment as services remain in limbo while we wait for the lockdown to start to be eased. Just the one notice all last week:


 Licence  Route  Start Point  End Point  Effective  Notes OPERATOR
PH1053866.005 3 Royal Square - St Ives St Ives Junior School 15-Feb-2021 Temporary suspension of service due to Covid-19 national lockdown ST. IVES BUS CO. LTD

There should be at least one post coming up this week looking at Stagecoach…