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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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Plymouth Citybus Incoming© Richard Smith

24 August 2016

Your Bus Matters

There was a Your Bus Matters event yesterday organised by Plymouth City Council with the main bus operators in Plymouth, with representatives from Plymouth Citybus, Stagecoach, Target Travel and Jacketts Coaches.

Plymouth Citybus 214 R401FFC

 

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P1020903.jpg Plymouth Citybus 508 WF63LYS

Speaking to Richard Stevens later in the afternoon he was well pleased with the turn out from members of the public. It was certainly good weather for it!

23 August 2016

Devon Transit 043

Welcome to Devon Transit 043

Another bumper selection this week was we have the large number of service changes for Plymouth Citybus from the 4th September. Even with this bumper selection, its not all the changes that are happening, as most of their Cornish network changes on the 4th too, which will be covered on Cornwall Transit 044 next week


The Last Two Weeks

New notices on VOSA from the last two weeks:

Alansway - Countrybus 79 [PH1017984.075] Newton Abbot Kingsteignton

  • PH1017984/75 
  • ALANSWAY COACHES LTD T/A COUNTRY BUS, 
  • KING CHARLES BUSINESS PARK, OLD NEWTON ROAD, HEATHFIELD, NEWTON ABBOT, TQ12 6UT 
  • Cancellation Accepted:
  • Operating between Newton Abbot, Sherborne Road 
  • and Newton Abbot, Sherborne Road 
  • given service number 79 
  • effective from 02-Oct-2016.

Stagecoach Devon 100 [PH1020951.273] Fireworks Park & Ride

  • PH1020951/273 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Registration Accepted by SN
  • Starting Point: George Park & Ride
  • Finish Point: City Centre Royal Parade
  • Via: 
  • Service Number: 100
  • Service Type: Limited Stop
  • Effective Date: 16-AUG-2016
  • Other Details: Request from Plymouth City council to operate evening buses for the British Fireworks Championships on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th August 2016 and at similar periods each year.

Stagecoach Devon 200 [PH1020951.274] Fireworks Park & Ride

  • PH1020951/274  
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Registration Accepted by SN
  • Starting Point: Coypool Park & Ride
  • Finish Point: City Centre Royal Parade
  • Via: 
  • Service Number: 200
  • Service Type: Limited Stop
  • Effective Date: 16-AUG-2016
  • Other Details: Plymouth City Council request to operate evening journeys for the British Fireworks Championships on Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17th August 2016 and at similar period each year.

Tally Ho Coaches 608 [PH1081198.007] Lee Mill Ugborough

  • PH1081198/7 
  • TALLY HO! COACHES LIMITED, 
  • UNIT 7, STATION YARD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, KINGSBRIDGE, TQ7 1ES 
  • Cancellation Accepted by SN:
  • Operating between Lee Mill 
  • and Ugborough 
  • given service number 608 
  • effective from 01-Sep-2016.

First Hampshire & Dorset X51 X53 [PH0006159.414,416,417,418] Jurassic Coaster Services

  • PH0006159/414 
  • FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD, 
  • BUS DEPOT, EMPRESS ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO14 0JW 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Bridport Coach Station 
  • and Axminster Rail Station 
  • given service number X51/X53 
  • effective from 09-Oct-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.
  • PH0006159/416 - 
  • FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD, 
  • BUS DEPOT, EMPRESS ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO14 0JW 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Dorchester, South Station 
  • and Bridport Coach Station 
  • given service number X51 
  • effective from 09-Oct-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.
  • PH0006159/417 
  • FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD, 
  • BUS DEPOT, EMPRESS ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO14 0JW 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Bridport Coach Station 
  • and Seaton Sea Front 
  • given service number X52 
  • effective from 09-Oct-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.
  • PH0006159/418 - 
  • FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD, 
  • BUS DEPOT, EMPRESS ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO14 0JW 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Seaton Sea Front 
  • and Exeter Bus Station 
  • given service number X52 
  • effective from 09-Oct-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.

 


The Last Two Weeks

Service changes already taken place (late notices)

Stagecoach Devon 100 [PH1020951.273] Fireworks Park & Ride

  • PH1020951/273 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Registration Accepted by SN
  • Starting Point: George Park & Ride
  • Finish Point: City Centre Royal Parade
  • Via: 
  • Service Number: 100
  • Service Type: Limited Stop
  • Effective Date: 16-AUG-2016
  • Other Details: Request from Plymouth City council to operate evening buses for the British Fireworks Championships on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th August 2016 and at similar periods each year.
  • TT: 100 The George Park and Ride - Plymouth City Centre - The George Park and Ride
Route-100

Stagecoach Devon 200 [PH1020951.274] Fireworks Park & Ride

  • PH1020951/274  
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Registration Accepted by SN
  • Starting Point: Coypool Park & Ride
  • Finish Point: City Centre Royal Parade
  • Via: 
  • Service Number: 200
  • Service Type: Limited Stop
  • Effective Date: 16-AUG-2016
  • Other Details: Plymouth City Council request to operate evening journeys for the British Fireworks Championships on Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17th August 2016 and at similar period each year.
  • TT: 200 Coypool Park and Ride - Plymouth City Centre - Coypool Park and Ride
Route-200


The Next Two Weeks

Previously announced changes due in the next two weeks

 

Plymouth Citybus 5 5A [PH0000135.094] Elburton City Saltash

  • PH0000135/94 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between St Budeaux, Square 
  • and Elburton/ Staddiscombe 
  • given service number 5/5A 
  • effective from 04-Sep-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.
  • TT: 5 Saltash - Plymouth City Centre - Elburton
  • TT: 5A Plymouth City Centre - Elburton
  • To add one additional evening journey Plymstock to City Centre in both directions due to passenger demand

route-5 route-5A

Plymouth Citybus 16 [PH0000135.001] Royal Parade - Kings Tamerton

  • PH0000135/1 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between PLYMOUTH Royal Parade 
  • and KINGS TAMERTON Steph.Way 
  • given service number 16 
  • effective from 04-Sep-2016. 
  • To amend Route and Timetable.
  • 16 / 33 – Will now serve Mayflower Street and Western Approach. Will drop off on Derrys Cross Roundabout before heading to stop A5 this has been done to congestion at Drakes Circus.
  • 16 Plymouth City Centre - Kings Tamerton - Plymouth City Centre
2016 09 04 Plymouth Citybus Route-016 Map.jpg

Plymouth Citybus 21 21A [PH0000135.100] St Budeaux City Chaddlewood

Plymouth Citybus 21 21A

Plymouth Citybus 27 27A 27B [PH0000135.146] Royal Parade Eggbuckland Derriford

2016 01 10 Plymouth Citybus Route-27 Map.jpg

Plymouth Citybus 32 [PH0000135.176] Royal Parade Torpoint Ferry

  • PH0000135/176 - 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Plymouth, Royal Parade 
  • and Torpoint Ferry, Pottery Road 
  • given service number 32 
  • effective from 04-Sep-2016. 
  • To amend Route and Timetable.
  • TT: 32 Plymouth City Centre - Torpoint Ferry
  • Inbound services from Stoke will now serve Western Approach rather than Drakes Circus due to congestion, dropping off on Derry Cross Roundabout before serving stop A3 to head back to Torpoint. Outbound journeys departing Royal Parade will follow the existing route via Drakes Circus.
Route-32

Plymouth Citybus 33 33A [PH0000135.148] Royal Parade Keyham

  • PH0000135/148 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Plymouth, Royal Parade 
  • and Plymouth, Royal Parade 
  • given service number 33 
  • effective from 04-Sep-2016. 
  • To amend Route and Timetable
  • TT: 33 Plymouth City Centre - St Levan Road - Keyham - Ford - St Levan Road
  • Will now serve Mayflower Street and Western Approach. Will drop off on Derrys Cross Roundabout before heading to stop A5 this has been done to congestion at Drakes Circus
Route-33

Plymouth Citybus 34 [PH0000135.053] Royal Parade Derriford Estover

  • PH0000135/53 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between PLYMOUTH Royal Parade 
  • and ESTOVER 
  • given service number 34/34A/34B 
  • effective from 04-Sep-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.
  • TT: 34 Plymouth City Centre - Derriford Hospital
  • TT: 34A Plymouth City Centre - Royal William Yard
  • Revised evening Journeys to serve Torpoint Ferry and Royal William Yard, replacing the current 34B. Revised morning running times to improve connections with Torpoint Services at Pottery Quay.
Plymouth Citybus 34

Plymouth Citybus 35 [PH0000135.042] Royal Parade Ham

35 City Centre Ham

Plymouth Citybus 520 WG63HHY

Plymouth Citybus 40 41 [PH0000135.007] Royal Parade Southway

  • PH0000135/7 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between PLYMOUTH Royal Parade 
  • and SOUTHWAY 
  • given service number 40/41 
  • effective from 04-Sep-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.
  • 40/41 – Reduced frequency to every 15 minutes due to reduced passenger numbers on the corridor, now using the Blueflash services
  • TT: 40 Plymouth City Centre - Southway - Plymouth City Centre
Route-40

Plymouth Citybus 43 [PH0000135.013] Royal Parade Ernesettle

  • PH0000135/13 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Derriford Hospital 
  • and Ernsettle 
  • given service number 43 (Was 50)
  • effective from 04-Sep-2016. 
  • To amend Route and Timetable.
  • This will replace the current service 50 section between City Centre to Ernesettle only. This has been done so that we can increase the frequency in the Ernesettle area. Newer buses will be arriving for this route soon.
  • TT: 43 Plymouth City Centre - Ernesettle - Plymouth City Centre
Route-043

Plymouth Citybus 44 [PH0000135.010] Royal Parade - Whitleigh

  • PH0000135/10 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between PLYMOUTH, ROYAL PARADE 
  • and WHITLEIGH 
  • given service number 44 
  • effective from 04-Sep-2016. 
  • To amend Route and Timetable.
  • 44 –To improve reliability the service will now serve Whitleigh Green, before doing a clockwise loop of Taunton Avenue and then back to serve Whitleigh Green before returning into the City. 
  • TT: 44 Plymouth City Centre - Whitleigh Green - Plymouth City Centre
Route-44

Plymouth Citybus 45 46 [PH0000135.154] Plymouth Tavistock

  • PH0000135/154 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between PLYMOUTH ROYAL PARADE 
  • and TAVISTOCK BUS STATION 
  • given service number 45/46A/46B 
  • effective from 04-Sep-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.
  • TT: 45 Plymouth City Centre - Tavistock
  • TT: 46A Devonport High School - Tavistock
  • TT: 46B Devonport High School - Tavistock
  • 45/46 – 45 will now be Plymouth to Tavistock and the 46 will be Tavistock to Okehampton. The services will link, providing a service between Tavistock and Okehampton. There will be no timetable changes as a result.
2016 09 04 Plymouth Citybus Route-045 MAP.jpg

Plymouth Citybus 50 50A [PH0000135.076] Derriford Royal Parade Derriford / Holly Park

Route-50 Route-50A

Plymouth Citybus 81 [PH0000135.180] Milehouse Staff Shuttle

  • PH0000135/182 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA
  • Registration Accepted
  • Starting Point: Plymouth, Milehouse Bus Depot
  • Finish Point: Plymouth, Milehouse Bus Depot
  • Via: Plymstock, Lipson Vale
  • Service Number: 81
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping
  • Effective Date: 04-SEP-2016
  • Other Details: Monday to Saturday
  • TT: 81 Milehouse - Plymstock - Plympton - Lipson Vale - Milehouse
  •  New Monday to Saturday service. This will provide early morning and late night journeys throughout the City.  These have been created to transport shift workers in the City, including Citybus staff.
Route-81

Plymouth Citybus 82 [PH0000135.180] Milehouse Staff Shuttle

  • PH0000135/181 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA
  • Registration Accepted
  • Starting Point: Plymouth, Milehouse Bus Depot
  • Finish Point: Plymouth, Milehouse Bus Depot
  • Via: Derrifird, Southway
  • Service Number: 82
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping
  • Effective Date: 04-SEP-2016
  • Other Details: Monday to Saturday
  • TT: 82 Milehouse - Eggbuckland - Leigham - Derriford - Southway - Whitleigh - Crownhill - Milehouse
  •  New Monday to Saturday service. This will provide early morning and late night journeys throughout the City.  These have been created to transport shift workers in the City, including Citybus staff.
Route-82

     

Plymouth Citybus 83 [PH0000135.180] Milehouse Staff Shuttle

  • PH0000135/180 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA
  • Registration Accepted
  • Starting Point: Plymouth, Milehouse Bus Depot
  • Finish Point: Plymouth, Milehouse Bus Depot
  • Via: West Park, Kings Tamerton
  • Service Number: 83
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping
  • Effective Date: 04-SEP-2016
  • Other Details: Monday to Saturday
  • TT: 83 Milehouse - Crownhill - Honicknowle - Ernesettle - St Budeaux - Kings Tamerton - Devonport - Milehouse
  •  New Monday to Saturday service. This will provide early morning and late night journeys throughout the City.  These have been created to transport shift workers in the City, including Citybus staff.
Route-83

Plymouth Citybus 84 [PH0000135.179] Milehouse Staff Shuttle

  • PH0000135/179 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA
  • Registration Accepted
  • Starting Point: Plymouth, Milehouse Bus Depot
  • Finish Point: Plymouth, Milehouse Bus Depot
  • Via: Southway, Kings Tamerton
  • Service Number: 84
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping
  • Effective Date: 04-SEP-2016
  • Other Details: Sundays and bank holidays
Route-84

Plymouth Citybus 85 [PH0000135.178] Milehouse Staff Shuttle

  • PH0000135/178 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD,
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA
  • Registration Accepted
  • Starting Point: Plymouth, Milehouse Bus Depot
  • Finish Point: Plymouth, Milehouse Bus Depot
  • Via: Lipson, Plymstock
  • Service Number: 85
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping
  • Effective Date: 04-SEP-2016
  • Other Details: Sundays and bank holidays
Route-85

Tally Ho Coaches 608 [PH1081198.007] Lee Mill Ugborough

  • PH1081198/7 
  • TALLY HO! COACHES LIMITED, 
  • UNIT 7, STATION YARD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, KINGSBRIDGE, TQ7 1ES 
  • Cancellation Accepted by SN:
  • Operating between Lee Mill 
  • and Ugborough 
  • given service number 608 
  • effective from 01-Sep-2016.

First Hampshire & Dorset X53 [PH0006159.415] Weymouth Bridport

  • PH0006159/415 
  • FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD, 
  • BUS DEPOT, EMPRESS ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO14 0JW 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Weymouth, College/ Kings Statue 
  • and Bridport Coach Station 
  • given service number X53 
  • effective from 21-Aug-2016. 
  • To amend Route and Timetable.
  • The X53 change from 21 August is simply to run four late night journeys at 2230 2300 2330 2400 from West Bay to Bridport at the end of Bridport Carnival, and run via South Street instead of Sea Road in Bridport.

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 (Index is now finally back up to date!)

18 August 2016

Life after Plymouth VU52UEF

The Optare Solo. Like them or hate them, there can be no denying that they have been a very successful bus and are still being chosen by operators large and small, helped also by the huge number of variations that Optare have produced.

Plymouth Citybus tried a few Solos for a short time which didn't stay very long, although they then ‘inherited’ some when they purchased the South East Cornwall operations from Western Greyhound which have hung around a bit longer than many of use expected.

One of the earlier batch has been well travelled and has now turned up in The North East

“New to Rogers, Horden (Jayline), passing with that business to Go North East, Optare Solo VU52 UEF subsequently worked for fellow Go Ahead companies Plymouth Citybus and Damory Coaches, but is now back in the North East with SB Travel (GW & M Brunskill Ltd.), still in Damory livery.”

SB Travel VU52UEF

© Andrew Tyldsley - with thanks!

Although clearly still in Damory blue livery there are one or two nice extra touches including the pale blue band and the OPTARE SOLO lettering on the front that help it stand out.

Previously it carried the new all over blue Damory livery as Damory 3715 (Photo Link: 16th March, John Morris) repainted from the insipid two tone blue Damory (photo Link: Solenteer 15th April 2014)

Plymouth Citybus 211 VU52UEF

Plymouth Citybus 211 way back in 2010!

Thanks again to Andrew for sending me the link to his recent photo to share.

17 August 2016

Bumps or no bumps

There was an interesting little article in The Herald recently

Council bosses say there are no plans to put speed bumps in on a major city centre street.

The Herald reported last week how council chiefs are planning to put speed humps around the city's new coach station to keep things moving nice and slow. But town hall chiefs have moved to clear up any confusion over the bumps going in on Mayflower Street itself.

A spokeswoman said: "We'd like to reassure residents, shoppers and traders that there are no plans for speed bumps on Mayflower Street.
Read more at http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/no-speed-bumps-for-plymouth-city-centre-road-promises-council/story-29621049-detail/story.html#yiHJV10JlfA5ImBb.99

What the news item fails to point out is that it was The Herald who actually made the mistake that caused the confusion:

We’d like to reassure residents, shoppers and traders that there are no plans for speed humps on Mayflower Street. The public notice which appeared in the Herald last week and which the paper based their article on, referred to the access road around the new coach station site only. As this is a service road for deliveries and waste trucks, it does not have a name. In the notice, we called this Mayflower Street West Car Park and Coach Station access road and gave the rear of 78 and 80 Cornwall Street as additional information.

It appears an errant comma put in the Herald article has led to some confusion.

The Assistant Director of Street Services posted the public notice in The Herald, highlighting the proposal to put speed humps in Mayflower Street, West Car Park and "Coach Station access road" approximately between the rear of 78 and 80 Cornwall Street. The humps will be 250mm wide, three metres long and 68mm high.

Read more at http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/councils-wants-public-s-opinion-on-speed-humps-at-new-coach-station/story-29614345-detail/story.html#quuddszr0sk8SHHq.99

Speed bumps on the access road around the new station makes a lot of sense. Plymouth City Council   Google Drive