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The Plymouth bus scene is looking very different now with a huge number of brand new buses placed in service with both Stagecoach and Plymouth Citybus over the last couple of months. Plymouth Citybus are clearing out quite a few of their older double deckers and Dennis Darts
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04 May 2016

Fleet News: Plymouth Citybus

Just a few bits and bobs updating the online fleetlisting for Plymouth Citybus

Currently withdrawn at Milehouse are Dennis Darts

18 R118OFJ, 19 R119OFJ, 20 R120OFJ, 22 R122OFJ, 24 R124OFJ, 26 R126OFJ

Plymouth Citybus 019 R119OFJ Plymouth Citybus 024 R124OFJ

27 S127FTA

Plymouth Citybus 027 S127FTA

31 T131EFJ, 32 T132EFJ, 35 T135EFJ,

Plymouth Citybus 031 T131EFJ

41 X141CDV,  42 X142CDV,

55 WA51ACO, 56 WA51ACU, 57 WA51ACV, 59 WA51ACY (being stripped for spares)

Plymouth Citybus 059 WA51ACY

Volvo B7TLs:

402 PN02XCC, 406 PN02XCJ, 407 PN02XCM,

Plymouth Citybus 407 PN02XCM

410 PL51LFE, 411 PL51LGA, 412 PL51LGC, 413PL51LGJ, 414 PL51LGK, 419 PL51LGX,

Plymouth Citybus 410 PL51LFE

438 Y735TGH.(being stripped for spares)

Plymouth Citybus 438 Y735TGH

Two Dennis Darts have been sold to Berrys Coaches, Taunton joining several other ex Plymouth buses, 34 T134EFJ and 40 T140EFJ

Back in service after accident repairs is Enviro 531

Plymouth Citybus 531 WJ65BYX

 

Also repaired is Enviro 136 which has had a partial repaint and seems almost ready for service although was still missing a few internal parts a few days ago.

Thanks for Richard Smith for keeping me up to date with his regular visits to Milehouse

03 May 2016

Devon Transit 035

Welcome to Devon Transit 035

Plenty to report this week. Quite a few changes from Stagecoach. The main items this week are ther forthcoming changes for Jursasic Coast services by First Hampshire & Dorset and related changes by Stagecoach increasing competition on this corridor.


The Last Two Weeks

New notices on VOSA from the last two weeks:

Stagecoach Devon 3 [PH1020951.237] Plymouth - Kingsbridge

  • PH1020951/237 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB
  • Variation Accepted by SN: 
  • Operating between Plymouth 
  • and Kingsbridge 
  • given service number 3 
  • effective from 29-May-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable
Stagecoach 18071 WA04CSU

 Stagecoach Devon 21C [PH1020951.257] Barnstaple - Oceanfest

  • PH1020951/257 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST,
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB
  • Registration Accepted
  • Starting Point: Barnstaple
  • Finish Point: Croyde Bay
  • Via:
  • Service Number: 21C
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping
  • Effective Date: 17-JUN-2016
  • Other Details: To operate Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2016 for the Oceanfest Festival held at Croyde. operates at similar times each year when the Oceanfest festival is held.

Target Travel 54 [PH1020218.019] Plymouth Bovisands

  • PH1020218/19 
  • DEALTOP (PLYMOUTH) LTD T/A TARGET TRAVEL, 
  • LANGAGE SCIENCE PARK, WESTERN WOOD WAY, PLYMOUTH, PL7 5BG
  • Registration Accepted by SN
  • Starting Point: Plymouth, Royal Parade
  • Finish Point: Bovisland
  • Via: Prince Rock, Plymstock, Hooe
  • Service Number: 54
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping
  • Effective Date: 28-MAY-2016
  • Other Details: Daily service

Legassick: St Budeaux Taxibus 223 [PH1140056.001] St Budeaux Local

  • PH1140056/1 
  • MARK LEGASSICK T/A ST BUDEAUX TAXI BUS, 
  • 32 TAMERTON AVENUE, PLYMOUTH, PL5 1TN
  • Cancellation Accepted:
  • Operating between St Budeaux Library 
  • and St Budeaux Square 
  • given service number 223 
  • St Budeaux Taxibus 
  • effective from 01-Jun-2016

Dartline 343 [PH0005305.034] Tiverton - Cottylands

  • PH0005305/34 
  • DEALTOP LTD T/A DARTLINE COACHES, 
  • UNIT 2, LANGDON BUSINESS PARK, OIL MILL LANE, CLYST ST. MARY, EXETER, EX5 1AF
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Tiverton Bus Station 
  • and Cotteylands 
  • given service number 343 
  • effective from 06-Jun-2016. 
  • To amend Route and Stopping Places.


The Next Two Weeks

Previously announced changes due in the next two weeks

Stagecoach Devon 1 X1 [PH1020951.249] Plymouth - Tavistock

  • PH1020951/249 - 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Plymouth 
  • and Tavistock 
  • given service number 1/X1 
  • effective from 02-May-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.

 

Stagecoach Devon 9 9A X9 [PH1020951.070] Exeter Honiton Seaton

  • PH1020951/70 - 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Exeter 
  • and Seaton or Honiton 
  • given service number 9A/9/X9 [Formerly route 52A 52B]
  • effective from 02-May-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.

New Registration

  • PH1020951/256 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB
  • Registration Accepted
  • Starting Point: Seaton
  • Finish Point: Lyme Regis
  • Via:
  • Service Number: 9A
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping
  • Effective Date: 02-MAY-2016
  • Other Details: Daily service, Hourly Mon-Sat, 2 hourly Sunday

From the 2nd May Stagecoach services 52A and 52B will be replaced by new services 9 and 9A. Service 9 will operate between Exeter, Sidmouth and Honiton, while the 9A will operate between Exeter, Sidmouth, Seaton and extend to Lyme Regis, providing a new hourly link via Axmouth and Rousdon.

Stagecoach Devon Route-009 Stagecoach Devon Route-X  9 Stagecoach Devon Route-X  9 Stagecoach Devon Route-009A Stagecoach Devon Route-009A

Stagecoach Devon 200 [PH1020951.235] Coypool Park & Ride

  • PH1020951/235 -
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Coypool Park & Ride 
  • and Plymouth Royal Parade 
  • given service number 200 
  • effective from 02-May-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.
    • Traveline Timetable: 200 Coypool Park & Ride - Plymouth City Centre
    • In order to match demand, on Monday to Friday and on Saturdays buses will run up to every 20 minutes during the daytime. There will continue to be more frequent journeys during the Monday to Friday early morning and evening peak times.
Stagecoach 26034 YX65RCV

FM Searle Axe Valley 899 [PH0004666.002] Exmouth Seaton

  • PH0004666/2 - 
  • FRANCES MAY SEARLE T/A AXE VALLEY MINI TRAVEL, 
  • BUS DEPOT, 26 HARBOUR ROAD, SEATON, EX12 2NA 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Exmouth Tesco 
  • and Seaton Sea Front 
  • given service number 899 
  • effective from 05-May-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.
  • No timetable change found - there is another noice in for new times from 31st May 2016, so these may have been postponed until then?

Stagecoach Devon D H [PH1020951.029] University of Exeter - Digby

  • PH1020951/29 - 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between University of Exeter 
  • and Digby 
  • given service number D/H 
  • effective from 02-May-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.
    • New timetables are being introduced on Route D/H with a minor timing point change in Broadfields.

First Hampshire & Dorset X51 X52 X53 X54 Jurassic Coast Network

The whole network of routes are changing. Below are just the VOSA notices specfically within Devon but the main route page contains all the details including the sections within Dorset

  • PH0006159/279
  • FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD, 
  • BUS DEPOT, EMPRESS ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO14 0JW
  • Cancellation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Exeter Bus Station 
  • and Seaton Sea front 
  • given service number X53 
  • effective from 08-May-2016.
  • PH0006159/402 - 
  • FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD, 
  • BUS DEPOT, EMPRESS ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO14 0JW
  • Cancellation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Bridport Coach Station 
  • and Seaton Sea Front 
  • given service number X51/X53 
  • effective from 08-May-2016.
  • PH0006159/414 
  • FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD, BUS DEPOT, EMPRESS ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO14 0JW
  • Registration Accepted
  • Starting Point: Bridport Coach Station
  • Finish Point: Axminster Rail Station
  • Via: Lyme Regis
  • Service Number: X51
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping
  • Effective Date: 08-MAY-2016
  • Other Details: Daily service
  • PH0006159/417 
  • FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD, BUS DEPOT, EMPRESS ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO14 0JW
  • Registration Accepted
  • Starting Point: Bridport Coach Station
  • Finish Point: Seaton Sea Front
  • Via: Lyme Regis, Colyford
  • Service Number: X52
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping/Hail & Ride
  • Effective Date: 08-MAY-2016
  • Other Details: Daily service
  • PH0006159/418 - 
  • FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD, 
  • BUS DEPOT, EMPRESS ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO14 0JW
  • Registration Accepted
  • Starting Point: Seaton Sea Front
  • Finish Point: Exeter Bus Station
  • Via: Beer, Sidford, Newton
  • Service Number: X52
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping/Hail & Ride
  • Effective Date: 08-MAY-2016
  • Other Details: Operates hail and ride along the entire route.

 

  • The network along the Jurassic Coast between Poole and Exeter has been revised in order to provide additional journeys over the busiest sections, and also to improve timekeeping during the busy summer period. 
  • Routes X51/53:
  • Services will operate every 30 minutes from Axminster serving Lyme Regis and Bridport.  X51 will continue hourly to Dorchester, and with X53 will continue hourly to Weymouth.
  • Route X52:
  • Services will operate approximately every two hours between Exeter, Seaton and Lyme Regis.  As this service terminates at Lyme Regis, customers will be able to connect with  X51 and X53 services to Bridport and beyond. 
  • Route X54:
  • Journeys will operate approximately every two hours between Weymouth, Wool, Wareham and Poole. 
  • Passengers wishing to connect between routes at Lyme Regis and Weymouth can buy through tickets to their final destination
First Hampshire & Dorset Route-X051

2016 05 08 First Hampshire & Dorset Route-X052 Traveline Map.jpg

First Hampshire & Dorset Route-X053


In The News

A 15-year-old boy who sprayed silly string into the eyes of a bus driver after he sat in the road to stop the bus, has been ordered to pay him £30 compensation. The youth played the prank to impress his friends in Exeter city centre, Devon, a court heard

Read more: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Bus-driver-sprayed-silly-string-polite-prankster/story-29207810-detail/story.html#ixzz47WYaJuyy

 

Maps where supplied are from Traveline South West / © Open Street Map contributors. They are for representation purposes only. please check full timetables for details.

Devon & Cornwall Transit Index

29 April 2016

The Information Age?

Plymouth Citybus finally have the planned timetable changes for 1st May on their web site:
Plymouth Citybus and Go Cornwall Bus Network Changes from 1st May 2016
To meet the changing  needs of passengers the following network changes will take place from 1st May 2016:

11/11A- Changes to timetable

Revised timetable- Minor changes to timetable to improve connections with through services from Padstow, also later evening trips diverted into Trago Mills due to their amended opening hours

27/27A/27B- Changes to timetable

Revised timetable- Morning and evening peak journeys amended to improve arrival & departure times at Derriford Hospital for shift workers.

42/42C- Changes to timetable

Revised timetable- Additional early morning trips added on a Saturday between City Centre & Woolwell

70- Changes to timetable

Morning school trips from Millbrook re-timmed so buses use the cliff road rather than Hounster Hill

71/71A- New Route- Summer Timetable

This summer will see the short 71's to HMS Raleigh extended to Looe & Polperro (renumbered 71A) This new summer service will combine with the existing 72 to provide an hourly service between Plymouth and Looe and Polperro
**Due to St Martins Hill being closed in Looe between 3rd May - 27th May an alternative timetable will be available on our website**

73- Changes to timetable

An introduction of a summer and winter timetable to reflect the extra volume of visitors in Looe over the summer period. Winter timetable will then commence on 1st October 2016. 

I did think it was odd that it had taken Citybus so long to get the details on their web site, especially when they have always been so good in the past, but I have been given this explanation:
We have been having some major issues loading our new timetables to our website. We have been chasing our web provider all week to fix the issue but yet this has not been resolved. We have been able to load our customer notice that has gone out in the buses which give some information, but yes it is not good enough and for that I can only apologise. We hope to have this fixed by the weekend. 
The issues clearly have not been fixed completely yet as although timetables are now available on their site there are still problems.
The timetables for the 27 services are only available for journeys from City to Derriford, and not the return run.
The timetables for 42 42C are available for both directions but when you choose the day - you only get a choice of Saturdays!
There is a bit of potential confusion with the new 70/71s with one option for services “70/70A/70B/71/71A from 1st May 2016”  which offers Monday - Saturday times, then there is “70A/71 from 1st May 2016” which offers Sundays services. It could just be a little bit clearer!
angry-cartoon-woman-seated-shooting-computer1There does seem to be a general trend these days with bus companies to revamp their web sites with supposedly more bells and whistles and fancy features but the end result is all to often less reliable information which is harder to find. This is more often the case with the big groups who often impose central solutions to local operators. The Plymouth Citybus site being a good case in point. There was nothing much wrong with the old website. It was easier to find things and the timetables were easy to read. The new site is clearly designed for mobiles but at the expense of larger PCs. I dont actually use the new site on my mobile at all, as I still use the First Bus App (!) which is great for its next bus facility and still works in Plymouth.
It just seems odd that that when there is more and more information available, it becomes even harder to get the information you actually want in a form that is useful. If you still dont understand what I mean by that - just read practically any post on the excellent and often controversial Public Transport Experience Blog!















27 April 2016

Stagecoach Fare Increases

Stagecoach have announced that some bus fares are changing from the 1st May 2016:

Plymouth and South Hams fare changes

From 1 May 2016 we are making changes to the prices of some of our day and season tickets. Details of the ticket prices that are changing are shown below. Most single and return fares will also be increasing by 10-30p. 18 and under and student discounts will be 40% cheaper than the corresponding adult fare, rounded down to the nearest 10p. The £1 OAP fare available before 9.30am will be increasing to £1.20.

Plymouth zone single & return fares In the Plymouth city zone we have simplified the single and return fare structure. Prices are based on distance - from a short hop to a trip across the city.

 

Adult Single

Child Single

Adult Return

Child Return

£1.10 60p £1.80 £1
£1.40 80p £2.30 £1.30
£1.70 £1 £2.80 £1.60
£2.10 £1.30 £3.30* £1.90
£2.70 £1.60 £3.30* £1.90

* or buy a a Day Rider for the same price

Day Riders

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Explorers

Adult

Child

Senior

Group

Pet

£7.70 £5.10 £6.50 £15.40 £1

 

Megariders

Our Plymouth and Plymouth Plus Megarider prices will be changing. We will continue to sell child 1 week Plymouth and Plymouth Plus Megariders at £10 and £14 respectively however we will no longer offer child 4 week Plymouth and Plymouth Plus Megariders. The price of our Plymouth and Plymouth Plus Termrider tickets will drop to just £99 per term and £150 per term respectively, making them a great value option for unlimited travel for anyone aged 18 or under.

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*£10 when bought on Stagecoach Gold and X38 between Ivybridge and Plymouth

Full details: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/south-west/plymouth-and-south-hams-fare-changes

Exeter, East Devon, Torbay and Somerset area fare changes

From 1 May 2016 we are making some changes to the price of some of our day and season tickets. Details of the ticket prices that are changing are shown below, all other day and season tickets in your local area will remain the same.

We are also delighted to confirm that, following our successful Stagecoach Gold 57 promotion, we are extending our Exeter Plus zone to Exmouth, reducing the cost of day and season tickets for anyone using our 56 and Stagecoach Gold 57 services.

There will be no change to the majority of our single and return fares.

exeter

Full details: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/south-west/exeter-east-devon-torbay-and-somerset-area-fare-changes-from-1-may-2016

North Devon area fare changes

From 1 May 2016 we are making some changes to the price of some of our day and season tickets. Details of the ticket prices that are changing are shown below, all other day and season tickets in your local area will remain the same.

Please note, as well as the tickets listed below, there will be increases to some single and return fares, specifically £1.30 and £1.50 fares will increase by 10p each and the corresponding return fares will increase by 20p. Most other single and return fares will not change.

ndev

Full Details: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/south-west/north-devon-area-fare-changes