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It has been very quiet but there are signs of fleet investment for Citybus in the next few months. The first of 4 Enviros have already arrived in Plymouth with more E200 and E400s expected over the new few months. Stagecoach are also expecting new buses this year. As for Plymothian Transit I am hoping to increase the number of posts although I have said this several times before...

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14 July 2024

Service changes to shout about (or maybe not)

This week has seen a small batch of notices:

Plymouth Citybus:

 Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH0000135.086 25 City Centre City Centre 21-Jul-2024 Our Ocean City Sights open topper bus is back for this summer!
Pulsating Plymouth is a city that masterfully blends historical richness with contemporary charm.

Known as “Britain’s Ocean City,” Plymouth offers a plethora of experiences for residents and visitors alike, from its captivating maritime heritage to its vibrant cultural scene. Better still, there’s a fabulous bus company Plymouth City Bus that provides fast, frequent and convenient services across the city, including the number 25 which is a brilliant circular tour around the City Centre, through the vibrant Barbican to the Hoe with stunning views over the majestic sea below.
PH0000135.230 25 Fowey Newquay 24-Jul-2024 Revise route in Tywardreath to avoid risk of accident damage
PH0000135.340 PA2 Home Park Plympton 17-Aug-2024 Timetable Change. The service is specifically for home matches for Plymouth Argyle FC, and times will vary in relation to match kick off times.
PH0000135.341 PA3 George P&R Home Park 17-Aug-2024 Timetable Change. The service is specifically for home matches for Plymouth Argyle FC, and times will vary in relation to match kick off times.
PH0000135.342 PA4 Coypool P&R Home Park 17-Aug-2024 Timetable Change. The service is specifically for home matches for Plymouth Argyle FC, and times will vary in relation to match kick off times.
PH0000135.343 PA5 Home Park Elburton 17-Aug-2024 Timetable Change. The service is specifically for home matches for Plymouth Argyle FC, and times will vary in relation to match kick off times.
OperatorRoute DescriptionStartEndLibraryComments
Plymouth Citybus 25 Plymouth City Centre - Barbican -The Hoe - Plymouth City Centre 21/07/2024 T003140
Go Cornwall 25 Fowey - Par - St Austell - Newquay 24/07/2024 T003141
Plymouth Citybus PA2 Plymputh Argyle Home Park - Plympton  17/08/2024 T003142 Match days only
Plymouth Citybus PA3 The George P&R - Plymouth Argyle Home Park 17/08/2024 T003143 Match days only
Plymouth Citybus PA4 Coypool P&R - Plymouth Argyle Home Park  17/08/2024 T003144 Match days only
Plymouth Citybus PA5 Elburton - Plymouth Argyle Home Park  17/08/2024 T003145 Match days only


Upcoming new timetables starting this week:

Plymouth Citybus Ltd  (Go Cornwall)

 Licence  Route  Start Point  End Point  Effective  Notes
PH0000135.255 93 Truro Newquay 20-Jul-2024 Increase running time in Newquay for summer traffic. Add journeys to serve Newquay Park & Ride
The service returns for 2024 and is aimed at reducing the number of vehicles travelling into the centre of Newquay during the busy summer months.

The service is running over the summer holidays, from Saturday 20th July until Sunday 1st September.

Visitors can park for free and catch the bus from the site opposite Hendra Holiday Park on the A392 and then catch the 93 bus, which will run via Newquay Zoo, Newquay Railway Station and Newquay Bus Station. This service is also part of the larger 93 timetable that operates between Truro and Newquay.

First South West Ltd

 Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH0004983.625 29 St Austell Mevagissey 21-Jul-2024 Route and timetable variation
PH0004983.635 895 Padstow, Main Rd Car Park Padstow, Harbour 20-Jul-2024 Monday - Sunday
PH0004983.626 ATLA Padstow Quintrell Downs 21-Jul-2024 Route and timetable variation
OperatorRoute DescriptionStartEndLibraryComments
First Kernow 29 Mevagissey - St Austell 21/07/2024 T003106
First Kernow 895 Padstow Park and Ride  20/07/2024 01/09/2024 T003138 Seasonal P&R
First Kernow ATL Quintrell Downs - Newquay - Padstow 21/07/2024 T003116

Its hard to find any information on these changes from First as they dont seem worthy of any mention on their own web site which seems more keen to tell you about its Reading coach service than anything to do with Cornwall. There are no planned timetable changes apparently. There has been a Facebook post saying

Starting from July 14th, our bus timetables in Cornwall will have a summer uplift to help you enjoy the season more efficiently.Check out the updated schedules here and plan your summer trips with ease: https://www.firstbus.co.uk/.../TFC%20July%2024%20Web%202.pdf 🏖️

The link goes to the new Transport for Cornwall Bus Times which starts from 24th July and also makes no mention of service 895.

They really dont seem that interested in Cornwall anymore which is a shame.


07 July 2024

Another Smattering of new timetables

The usual weekly look at planned service changes. This last week has seen a smattering of new notices:

AB Coaches Ltd

Cancelled school service for the new school year

 Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH0006652.015 502C Highweek Way, Newton Abbot Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Churston 01-Sep-2024 Cancellation


Stagecoach Devon Ltd

5 registration changes for 2 annual events. The North Devon Show and The Plymouth Fireworks Event both in August

 Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH1020951.273 100 Royal Parade The George Park and Ride 14-Aug-2024 Shuttle for Plymouth Fireworks
PH1020951.274 300 Royal Parade Coypool Park and Ride 14-Aug-2024 Shuttle for Plymouth Firework Event
PH1020951.195 S 2 Barnstaple Bus Station North Devon Show Ground 07-Aug-2024 Barnstaple Bus Station to North Devon Showground
PH1020951.193 S 1 Bideford Quay North Devon Showground 07-Aug-2024 Bideford Quay to North Devon Show Ground
PH1020951.194 S 3 South Molton North Devon Showground 07-Aug-2024 2024 timetable change.


Timetables

OperatorRoute DescriptionStartEndLibrary
Stagecoach South West 100 Plymouth City Centre - The George P&R  14/08/2024 15/08/2024 T003136
Stagecoach South West 300 Plymouth City Centre - Coypool P&R  14/08/2024 15/08/2024 T003137
Stagecoach South West S1 Bideford - North Devon Showground
S2 Barnstaple - North Devon Showground
S3 South Molton King Street
07/08/2024 07/08/2024 T003139


Whats coming up this week

First South West Ltd

 Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH0004983.634 N1 Newquay St Columb Major 06-Jul-2024 SaturdaysThe N1 Newquay nightbus,  will depart hourly from 00:23 until 04:23 BST, serving St Columb, Indian Queens and Quintrell Downs.


NC Eastwood Royal Buses

 Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH1086607.005 33 St Ives, Royal Square Higher Penderleath Caravan & Camping Park 07-Jul-2024 CANCELLED
PH1086607.014 55 St Ives, Royal Square Polmanter 07-Jul-2024 Timetable variation. Increase for Summer Holidays


Plymouth Citybus Ltd

Unless I have missed these, there has been no mention of these changes anywhere by Citybus/ TFC

 Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH0000135.164 10 110 Polperro Launceston 08-Jul-2024 Increase running time for summer traffic & add seasonal journeys on service 110. No mention of this anywhere. No new timetable on own websites.
PH0000135.163 73 73A Polperro Liskeard 08-Jul-2024 Increase running time for summer traffic and add seasonal evening journeys. No details published
PH0000135.361 110 Launceston Polperro 08-Jul-2024 Monday to Sunday


St Ives Bus Company

 Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH1053866.022 6 St Ives Rugby Club St Ives, Porthmeor Beach 13-Jul-2024 Cancellation


Stagecoach Devon Ltd

 Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH1020951.070 9 9A Exeter Bus Station Sidbury/Honiton/Seaton 07-Jul-2024 Route and timetable variation - not seen any details anywhere!
PH1020951.433 21 Barnstaple Bideford / Ilfracombe 06-Jul-2024 Introduction of Night Bus services
New overnight journeys start on our 21 service tonight between Barnstaple and Ilfracombe & Barnstaple and Bideford. Every Saturday night between 6 July and 7 September.

Timetables

OperatorRoute DescriptionStartEndLibrary
Stagecoach South West 9 Exeter - Sidmouth - Honiton
9A Exeter - Sidmouth - Seaton
07/07/2024 T003103
Go Cornwall 10 Plymouth - Saltash - Looe - Polperro  08/07/2024 T003088
Go Cornwall 11 Plymouth - Saltash - Liskeard - Bodmin - Wadebridge - Padstow  24/07/2024 T003133
Go Cornwall 11A Saltash - Truerulefoot 24/07/2024 T003134
Go Cornwall 11S Wadebridge School - Padstow 24/07/2024 T003135
Stagecoach South West 21 Ilfracombe - Barnstaple - Bideford [Nightbus only] 06/07/2024 08/09/2024 T003124
Royal Buses 55 Polmanter - St Ives Royal Square  07/07/2024 06/09/2024 T003094
Go Cornwall 73 73A Liskeard - Looe - Polperro 08/07/2024 T003110
Go Cornwall 110 Launceston - Looe - Polperro 08/07/2024 T003089
First Kernow 895 Padstow Park and Ride  20/07/2024 01/09/2024 T003138
First Kernow N1 Newquay bus station - Indain Queens - Newquay bus station 06/07/2024 07/09/2024 T003132


Night buses are set to be available in two parts of the South West this summer.

Devon and Cornwall Police said following a successful trial in Barnstaple in December 2023, it has worked with partners to introduce night buses there, and in Newquay. The bus services, provided by Stagecoach in north Devon and First Bus in Newquay are set to operate on Saturdays from 6 July to 7 September. It added the new services, which cost £2 a journey, were in bid to reduce "drink and drug-related incidents".

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