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21 April 2017

Opting Out, Opting In

Thanks to Andrew Tyldsley for keeping us up to date with with Optare Solos that recently departed Plymouth Citybus:

The five former Plymouth Citybus "long" Optare Solo now with Go North East are all being allocated to their Stanley Depot, for improved services between Stanley and the Metrocentre shopping complex that start on the 21st May, requiring 5 buses instead of the current 3. They have been painted in the modern day version of the "Venture" livery used by Go North East for its minibus services from Stanley depot (Venture Transport Company was a well known independent operator taken over by Northern in 1970). However, they will not be carrying the Venture branding, but special branding for the Metrocentre services which will be applied closer to the time of the service changes. In order to release other buses for new contracts, they have entered service on the existing routes. They have been kept together at one depot as they are non-standard in the Go North East fleet by virtue of having Cummins engines (the other 85 Solo in the Go North East fleet have Mercedes engines).

Go North East 710 WK59 CWU.jpg

710 is seen leaving Stanley Bus Station on the half hourly service 30 to Lanchester, on which some of the buses are being used prior to the increased requirements on 21st May.

Go North East 712 WK59 CWX Team Valley.jpg

712 is seen on the Team Valley Trading Estate on one of the works services that Go North East operate to this large Business Park (the main through road is over 1.5 miles in length). As the Metrocentre does not open until 1000 some buses are used for other duties first.

But fret not any Solo Fans, as there are still plenty around in Plymouth with Target Travel still happy to pick them up. One of the latest to arrive and in the new livery is YJ54UCA which was until recently with APL Travel

Target Travel  YJ54UCA

Talking of Target Travel, they are just one of the operators I hope to be visiting over this weekend with the PSV Circle AGM / local tour. If any of you are joining us for that, see you there!

20 April 2017

Mendip Mule

Derek Gawn has supplied details of his services in East Devon at the end of May which I thought you might like advance notice of in view of the buses he is running…

27th MAY TO 4th JUNE DAILY

These will be the 3 buses covering our opening period of the season - two running on any given day, with the third as back up spare - hourly service (see the yellow timetable here). The first day is expected to be flagship TDL 564K (subject to weather) and UWV 614S.

All other days are expected to be BJG 674V & UWV 614S. Subject, as usual, to mechanical availability of course.

Drivers will include Matt Godwin, Chris Randall, Mike Rogers, Alan 'Tebzy' Tebbitt and myself of course.

The service will then continue on Mondays to Thursdays throughout June, as a one bus service (see the blue timetable here), using either TDL 564K (fine days only) or BJG 674V. Mule Details Mule Mule1

Meanwhile if you fancy getting more involved….

VOLUNTEERS WANTED ON SATURDAY 20th MAY.
I (Derek Gawn) am planning a publicity blitz of our patch on this date. Single handed this task can take me the best part of a week, but with a team we could do it in one day. Do you fancy helping out? I am afraid there will be no payment but everyone who helps will receive 2 free day tickets to use sometime this summer. The plan is to leave Colyton at 8.45am and meet up at Axminster Station at just after 9am. We will use the open top single decker as transport from place to place, which in itself will turn heads - at each town and village splitting up and delivering a poster and a handful of leaflets to each shop, hotel, holiday park etc - I will provide a lunchtime on bus buffet and refreshments - and we will be back at Axminster by 6pm and Colyton at 6.15pm. Ideally I am looking for a team of 10 or 12 people - more hands make light work and all that! Any takers? Thank you. Derek

If you can help please contact him via the Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/mendipmulemotorbus/

More info: http://www.mendipmulemotorbus.co.uk/ Kicking ass and taking names!

Nick Rice August 2016

Rail River Link 1 UWV614S

19 April 2017

Almost Farewell to Exeter Bus Station

There has been a bit of a backlog of postings over the last few weeks due to holidays and also the heavy workload of Devon & Cornwall Transit over the last month or so. Catching up from March we have a few photos from the Exeter Bus Station Farewell event which took place even though the bus station is staying open a while yet.

I have focused on the Devon General contingent here but the full set of photos supplied by Richard & Peter can be found here if you want them.

Thanks to Richard Smith and Peter Murnaghan for supply these photos…

Exeter Bus Station Farewell Event

Exeter Bus Station Farewell Event

Devon General ROD 765

Exeter Bus Station Farewell EventDevon General  872 872 ATA Devon General 1814 A686KDV Stagecoach Devon Ltd  P701BTA Exeter Bus Station Farewell Event

Plymothian Transit Extra for more photos from the event

18 April 2017

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Stagecoach make a few changes with some of their Torbay services and the Exeter Park & Ride. The new open top service 122 is registered although SC themselves have yet to make it news on their own website, it has been announced in local news.  Plymouth Citybus register a new route for May, Axe Valley and Sewards make a few changes to their routes and DJ Watts (Torbay Buses) make a very last minute addition to their new network. Buses of Somerset make an appearance here with their cross border service 30.

Devon & Cornwall Transit Index 


First South West Ltd PH0004983 t/a Buses of Somerset

Buses of Somerset 30 PH0004983.490 Taunton - Ilminster - Axminster

  • Licence: PH0004983.490
  • Operator: FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
  • Address: UNION STREET, CAMBORNE, TR14 8HF, GB
  • Route Number: 30
  • Start Point: Taunton Bus Station
  • Via: Ilminster, Chard
  • End Point: Axminster Railway station
  • Other Details: Amend route and timetable on all days of operation
  • Received: 31-Mar-17
  • Effective: 30-May-17
  • Accepted: 04-Apr-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2590
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: DT060
  • Final Published: DT063
ROUTE-030

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Samuel Kingdon PH1135555

  • PH1135555
  • R Licence surrendered WEF 30 March 2017
  • SAMUEL KINGDON
  • UNIT 3, GREAT WESTERN PLACE, STATION ROAD, BURLESCOMBE, TIVERTON, EX16


National Express Ltd PD0000738

National Express 341 PD0000738.146 Burnley - Bristol - Paignton

  • Licence: PD0000738/146
  • Operator: NATIONAL EXPRESS LTD
  • Address: DIGBETH, BIRMINGHAM COACH STATION, BIRMINGHAM, B5 6DD, GB
  • Route Number: 341
  • Start Point: Burnley
  • Via: Bolton,Manchester,Birmingham,Bristol
  • End Point: Paignton
  • Other Details: Vary timetable.
  • Received: 21-Feb-17
  • Effective: 24-Apr-17
  • Accepted: 23-Feb-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted
  • Event Type: 0
  • N & P: 0
  • Section: 0
  • Initial Published: DT057
  • Final Published: DT060
  • Always puzzled by this one - Traveline have the 341 as Burnley to Southsea, and not Paignton

Plymouth Citybus PH0000135

Plymouth Citybus 71 PH0000135.184 Royal Parade - Stoke - Devonport

  • Licence: PH0000135.184
  • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
  • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
  • Route Number: 71
  • Start Point: Plymouth, Royal Parade
  • Via: Stoke, Devonport
  • End Point: Plymouth, Royal Parade
  • Other Details: Monday to Friday except bank holidays
  • Received: 28-Mar-17
  • Effective: 28-May-17
  • Accepted: 30-Mar-17
  • Event: Registration Accepted
  • Event Type: Registered
  • N & P: 2589
  • a: Registration of new services (3.1)
  • Initial Published: DT060
  • Final Published: DT062


Quantock Motor Services Ltd

Quantock 300 PH1031127.034 Minehead - Porlock - Lynmouth

  • Licence: PH1031127.034
  • Operator: QUANTOCK MOTOR SERVICES LTD
  • Address: LANGLEY MARSH, ROSE BANK, WIVELISCOMBE, TAUNTON, TA4 2UJ, GB
  • Route Number: 300
  • Start Point: Minehead, West Somerset Railway Station
  • Via: Porlock
  • End Point: Lynmouth, Lyndale Car Park
  • Other Details: Monday to Friday
  • Received: 27-Mar-17
  • Effective: 17-Jul-17
  • Accepted: 04-Apr-17
  • Event: Registration Accepted
  • Event Type: Registered
  • N & P: 2590
  • a: Registration of new services (3.1)
  • Initial Published: DT060
  • Final Published: DT066


Frances May Searle PH0004666  t/a Axe Valley

Axe Valley 885 PH0004666.001 Seaton - Millwey Rise

  • Licence: PH0004666.001
  • Operator: FRANCES MAY SEARLE
  • Address: 26 HARBOUR ROAD, BUS DEPOT, SEATON, EX12 2NA, GB
  • Route Number: 885
  • Start Point: SEATON Sea Front
  • Via: WHITFORD
  • End Point: MILLWEY RISE
  • Other Details: Timetable amended.
  • Received: 31-Mar-17
  • Effective: 29-May-17
  • Accepted: 01-Apr-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2589
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: DT060
  • Final Published: DT063

ROUTE-885

885 Seaton -Colyton - Axminster

Axe Valley 899 PH0004666.002 Exmouth - Sidmouth - Seaton

  • Licence: PH0004666.002
  • Operator: FRANCES MAY SEARLE
  • Address: 26 HARBOUR ROAD, BUS DEPOT, SEATON, EX12 2NA, GB
  • Route Number: 899
  • Start Point: Exmouth Tesco
  • Via: Sidmouth
  • End Point: Seaton Sea Front
  • Other Details: Timetable amended.
  • Received: 31-Mar-17
  • Effective: 29-May-17
  • Accepted: 01-Apr-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2589
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: DT060
  • Final Published: DT063

ROUTE-899

FM Searle Axe Valley Route-899


Ivy Ann Seward & Partners PH0004853

Woodroffe School Bus PH0004853.006 Dalwood - Shute - Woodroffe

  • Licence: PH0004853.006
  • Operator: IVY ANN SEWARD & PARTNERS
  • Address: DALWOOD, GLENDALE, AXMINSTER, EX13 7EJ, GB
  • Route Number: Sewards/ Woodroffe
  • Start Point: Dalwood
  • Via: Dalwood, Shute, Whitford
  • End Point: Woodroffe School
  • "Other Details: Schooldays only
  • Mon - Fri term time"
  • Received: 03-Apr-17
  • Effective: 03-Apr-17
  • Accepted: 05-Apr-17
  • End Date: 26-May-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted by SN
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2590
  • d: Applications to Vary Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice (3.4)
  • Initial Published: DT060
  • Final Published: DT060
  • This is a private school bus run by Seward's. No public timetable published

Sewards COLY 3 PH0004853.007

  • Licence: PH0004853.007
  • Operator: IVY ANN SEWARD & PARTNERS
  • Address: DALWOOD, GLENDALE, AXMINSTER, EX13 7EJ, GB
  • Route Number: COLY3
  • Start Point: Membury Post Office
  • Via: Kilmington
  • End Point: Colyford, The Elms
  • Other Details: Road closure
  • Received: 03-Apr-17
  • Effective: 03-Apr-17
  • Accepted: 05-Apr-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted by SN
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2590
  • d: Applications to Vary Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice (3.4)
  • Initial Published: DT060
  • Final Published: DT060
  • School bus - no public timetable


Stagecoach Devon Ltd PH1020951 t/a Stagecoach South West

Stagecoach 22 PH1020951.208 Dawlish Torquay Paignton

  • Licence: PH1020951.208
  • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
  • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
  • Route Number: 22 (22)
  • Start Point: Dawlish Warren
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: South Devon College
  • Other Details: To Revise Sunday & Bank Holiday timetable
  • Received: 03-Mar-17
  • Effective: 30-Apr-17
  • Accepted: 08-Mar-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2586
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: DT058
  • Final Published: DT060
  • From 30 April we are introducing revised timetables for some of our Torbay services. Hop22 & 23: Revised Sunday and Bank Holiday timetable

ROUTE-022

Route-022 Hop 22 goes green

© Julian Walker (cc) November 2016

Stagecoach 23 PH1020951.209 Paignton - Goodrington

  • Licence: PH1020951.209
  • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
  • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
  • Route Number: 23 (23)
  • Start Point: South Devon College
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: Paignton
  • Other Details: To revise Sunday & Bank Holiday timetable
  • Received: 03-Mar-17
  • Effective: 30-Apr-17
  • Accepted: 08-Mar-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2586
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: DT058
  • Final Published: DT060
  • From 30 April we are introducing revised timetables for some of our Torbay services.Hop22 & 23: Revised Sunday and Bank Holiday timetable

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Route-023

Stagecoach 39 PH1020951.075 Exeter Newton Abbot

  • Licence: PH1020951.075
  • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
  • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
  • Route Number: 39 (39)
  • Start Point: Exeter
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: Newton Abbot
  • Other Details: To revise Monday to Saturday timetable
  • Received: 03-Apr-17
  • Effective: 30-May-17
  • Accepted: 06-Apr-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2590
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: DT060
  • Final Published: DT063

ROUTE-039

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Stagecoach 122 PH1020951.284 St Marychurch - Paignton Zoo

  • Licence: PH1020951.284
  • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
  • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
  • Route Number: 122 (122)
  • Start Point: St Marychurch
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: Paignton Zoo
  • Other Details: Daily Service Every Twenty Minutes
  • Received: 03-Mar-17
  • Effective: 29-Apr-17
  • Accepted: 08-Mar-17
  • Event: Registration Accepted
  • Event Type: Registered
  • N & P: 2586
  • a: Registration of new services (3.1)
  • Initial Published: DT058
  • Final Published: DT060

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Route-122

Stagecoach X64 PH1020951.046 Exeter - Totnes

  • Licence: PH1020951.046
  • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
  • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
  • Route Number: X64 (X64)
  • Start Point: Exeter Bus Station
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: Totnes Coronation Road
  • Other Details: Minor revision to Monday to Friday timetable
  • Received: 31-Mar-17
  • Effective: 30-May-17
  • Accepted: 06-Apr-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2590
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: DT060
  • Final Published: DT063

ROUTE-X64

Route-X64

Stagecoach X64 Totnes - Dartmouth

  • Licence: PH1020951.199
  • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
  • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
  • Route Number: X64B (X64)
  • Start Point: Totnes Royal Seven Stars
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: Dartmouth
  • Other Details: To revise Monday to Saturday timetable
  • Received: 31-Mar-17
  • Effective: 30-May-17
  • Accepted: 06-Apr-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2590
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: DT060
  • Final Published: DT063

Route-X64

Stagecoach GREEN PH1020951.052 Matford Park & Ride

  • Licence: PH1020951.052
  • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
  • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
  • Route Number: Green (GRN)
  • Start Point: Exeter, South Street
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: Matford Park & Ride
  • Other Details: To revise Mon-Fri Morning and Afternoon peak journeys for reliability
  • Received: 14-Mar-17
  • Effective: 18-Apr-17
  • Accepted: 20-Mar-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted by SN
  • Event Type: 0
  • N & P: 2587
  • Section: Section 3.4 – Applications to Vary Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice
  • Initial Published: DT059
  • Final Published: CT060
  • From 18 April 2017 we are introducing a revised timetable for Monday to Friday peak time journeys to include additional journeys and improve reliability. New printed timetables will be available shortly.

Route-GRN Green

Route-Green


DJ Watts Coach Travel Ltd PH1117103 t/a Torbay Buses

  • PH1117103 SN
  • D J WATTS COACH TRAVEL LTD
  • Director(s): DARREN WATTS
  • 35 PILLAR AVENUE, BRIXHAM, TQ5 8LF
  • Increase at existing operating centre: MERCEDES HOUSE, FOUR CROSS GARAGE, KEMMINGS CLOSE, PAIGNTON, TQ4 7TW
  • New authorisation at this operating centre will be: 17 vehicle(s)
  • New operating centre: CHELSTON LEISURE SERVICES, LONG ROAD,PAIGNTON, TQ4 7BL
  • New authorisation at this operating centre will be: 6 vehicle(s)

Torbay Buses 25 PH1117103.014 Paignton Local

  • Licence: PH1117103.014
  • Operator: D J WATTS COACH TRAVEL LTD
  • Address: 35 PILLAR AVENUE, BRIXHAM, TQ5 8LF, GB
  • Route Number: 25
  • Start Point: Paignton, Totnes Road, Morrisons
  • Via: Paignton Bus Station, Paignton Harbour
  • End Point: Paignton, Youngs Park, Youngs Park Road
  • Other Details: Monday to Saturday except bank holidays
  • Received: 29-Mar-17
  • Effective: 03-Apr-17
  • Accepted: 30-Mar-17
  • Event: Registration Accepted by SN
  • Event Type: Registered
  • N & P: 2589
  • b: Registration of New Services Granted Under Short Notice (3.2)
  • Initial Published: DT060
  • Final Published: DT060

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Watts 62 PH1117103.003 Torquay Cockington

  • Licence: PH1117103.004
  • Operator: D J WATTS COACH TRAVEL LTD
  • Address: 35 PILLAR AVENUE, BRIXHAM, TQ5 8LF, GB
  • Route Number: 64
  • Start Point: Torquay, Castle Circus
  • Via: Ilsham, Wellswood
  • End Point: Torquay, Middle Warberry Road
  • Other Details: 0
  • Received: 08-Mar-17
  • Effective: 18 Apr 2017
  • Accepted: 15-Mar-17
  • Event: Registration Accepted by SN
  • Event Type: 0
  • N & P: 2587
  • Section: Section 3.2 – Registration of New Services Granted Under Short Notice 
  • Initial Published: DT058
  • Final Published: DT059
  • This is a timetable change from 18th April which presumably was registered at the same time as the new route registration.


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