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.
©did by graham

17 January 2021

Devon & Cornwall Transit 2021 Week 2

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.

Highlights this week are a few changes for Transport for Cornwall / Travel Cornwall – none of which have been published on their web site despite already being in place (unless I have missed them). Taw & Torridge gain a couple form the aftermath of Carmel Coaches. First Kernow make a few emergency timetable changes due to Covid19 and we have the two registrations for the new Dartmoor Explorer which is officially due to start 12 February, but this I guess is subject to change under Covid restrictions which may or may not be in place at that time. More to follow on this – and timetables etc are still awaited. I can see this being a very popular service and they are clearly aiming to make an impression…

As usual click through on the licence numbers for full details and history for each route with maps and timetables where available

 Licence  Route  Start Point  End Point  Effective  Notes OPERATOR
PH1011427.084 23 St. Austell, South Street. Gorran Haven Car Park. 04-Jan-2021 timetable change SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.088 28 28A Lostwithiel, Cott Road, Luxulyan, St Blazey St Austell Bus/Rail Station 04-Jan-2021 change to timetable. No details published on TFC website but renumbers some journeys As 28A along with timetable changes SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.090 51 St. Austell Bus/ Rail Station Veryan, Pendower Road 04-Jan-2021 Timetable amended. No details published onTFC website but same basic service level but most journeys slightly retimed SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.093 499 Tregony Square, Ladock Summercourt, London Inn 15-Feb-2021 Timetable variation. Details tbc but new timetable on Traveline SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH0004727.019 639 Northlew Square Holsworthy, Manor Car Park 07-Jan-2021 Wednesdays
One return journey. New service taken over from Carmel Coaches
TAW AND TORRIDGE COACHES LTD
PH0004727.020 648 Iddesleigh Green Okehampton, Market Street 07-Jan-2021 Thursdays
One return journey,
Taken over from Carmel Coaches
TAW AND TORRIDGE COACHES LTD
PH0004983.170 A1 PENZANCE Bus Station, GWAVAS, SHEFFIELD, ST BURYAN & PORTHCURNO LANDS END 10-Jan-2021 Temporary timetable variation due to Coronavirus
A1 - Will run to a revised route and timetable. Buses will continue to run as now between Penzance and St Buryan. Beyond St Buryan, buses will serve Sennen Cove, Land’s End and Porthcurno as a ‘loop’.  A2 and A3 will not run.
Traveline show this service as being provided by First Bristol Bath & The West!
FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
PH0004983.472 A 3 Lands End St Ives 10-Jan-2021 Temporary suspension of service due to Coronavirus FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
PH0004983.173 A 2 A17 PENZANCE Bus Station/ ST IVES MADRON/ ST IVES/ ST JUST 10-Jan-2021 Temporary timetable variation due to Coronavirus

A2 service suspended
FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
PH0004983.596 Dartmoor Explorer Plymouth Royal Parade Postbridge 12-Feb-2021 New commerical service registered Limited stop. Timetable awaited FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
PH0004983.597 Dartmoor Explorer Exeter St Davids Postbridge12-Feb-2021 New commerical service registered Limited stop. Timetable awaited FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
PH0004983.187 U1 U3 FALMOUTH Moor TRURO Treliske Hospital/NEWQUAY Bus Station 10-Jan-2021 Temporary timetable variation due to Coronavirus
Reduced timetable on the U3 service
Traveline show this service as being provided by First Bristol Bath & The West!
FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED

I am sure there are more out there which have yet to come through the usual reports…

14 January 2021

Exeter new Bus Station

Thanks to Paul Dudfield (Padbus) for these photos:

I thought you might like these pictures of Exeter’s new bus station which is nearing completion for use on your Blog.  I also enclose a hurriedly taken picture of a bus which was passing by the bus station which also shows what has been built on the old bus garage site. As well as the Co-op store it is a vast block of student flats called The Depot.


I am overdue a trip to Exeter, but then who isnt overdue a trip or two these days? Hopefully when we are allowed out again there will be a new way across the Moors to get there!

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11 January 2021

Lockdown Service Updates


Stagecoach have given a few more updates to their services in this new lockdown phase we are currently in:

08.01.2021: Latest Timetables in the South West during the National Lockdown

We have been working closely with the local authorities to maintain essential connections for keyworkers across the South West, as well as school journeys and essential shopping trips. We are delighted to say that we will largely be leaving our local bus network unchanged in the coming weeks.

We will be making some very minor changes to services across the South West from 10th January 2021 with the majority of our buses operating on school holiday timetables. Please make sure you look carefully at codes within your timetable, as journeys coded SD largely will not be running.

The following journeys will be operating a school day service and we’ll also have duplicate buses at school times to insure our key workers children can continue to travel to school safely. For full details visit: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/south-west/covid-19-timetables

Route 1: We will be operating a trip at 0725 via  Cullompton School and Uffculme School, to replace the 0730 via Tiverton Parkway. We will also operate a trip at 0755 to Clyst Vale school, to replace the 0805 which usually does not serve the school.

Route 4: We will be operating a trip at 1440 to operate via Gittesham for students of Kings School.

Route 155: The 1400 journey will operate as school day times, not school holiday times. This service will depart at the same time but will serve South Molton College.

Route 357: The 0735 journey will operate as a school trip via Dinan Way, Cheshire Road, Bradham Court and Exmouth C. College.

Route 921: Will operate from Westward Ho! At 0700 to Pilton diverting in Fremington via Beechfield. This will provide a service for passengers who usually catch the 903/904. Buses will operate the reverse route in the afternoon departing from the school at 1520. The 903/904 will not currently operate.

Route 815: Will operate from Appledore at 0710 to Park, in the afternoon buses will depart the school at 1530 to Appledore. The 821 will not currently operate.

Route 919: The 0733 from Westward Ho!  to Atlantic Academy will operate it’s usual timetable.

Falcon: Our Falcon coach service will have a temporarily reduced timetable from 10th January, operating 7 trips a day. To download the latest timetable visit: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/south-west/south-west-falcon


Plymouth Citybus continue to operate as normal but the dedicated school services in and around Plymouth are suspended as schools are restricted:

For your information the following school buses WILL NOT run this week: #PCB28S #PCB48S #PCB51S #PCB101 #PCB102 #PCB103 #PCB104 #PCB105 #PCB106 #PCB112 #PCB118 #PCB807.

Transport for Cornwall are operating as normal

Cornwall by Kernow have a few changes from 10th January:

A1 - Will run to a revised route and timetable. Buses will continue to run as now between Penzance and St Buryan. Beyond St Buryan, buses will serve Sennen Cove, Land’s End and Porthcurno as a ‘loop’.
A2 and A3 -  Will not run
A17 -  Is running as normal between Penzance and St Ives,
U3 - Will run to a revised timetable.
U4 - Will be running as normal through Marazion

10 January 2021

Devon & Cornwall Transit 2021 Week01

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.

Highlights this week are Stagecoach cancellations for the tendered services lost to other operators and a few minor changes to other services. Linden Holdings have taken over Carmel Coaches services after their licence was revoked.

As usual click through on the licence numbers for full details and history for each route with maps and timetables where available


 Licence  Route  Start Point  End Point  Effective  Notes OPERATOR
PH1020951.249 1 Plymouth Tavistock 03-Jan-2021 1 Tavistock Bus Stn - Yelverton - Derriford - Plymouth City Centre: Some timing points have been removed STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.236 2 2A Saltash Mount Batten or Sherford 03-Jan-2021 2 Mount Batten - Plymstock - Plymouth City Centre - Saltash – Latchbrook: Some timing points have been removed. The frequency of buses has been increased to a 10 minutes on the common corridor.  STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.298 13 Plymouth, Royal Parade Saltash Passage 31-Dec-2020 Cancel service. Now run by Plymouth Citybus under tender STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.299 14 Plymouth, Royal Parade Derriford Hospital 31-Dec-2020 These routes will now be run by another operator STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.300 17 Plymouth, Royal Parade Hooe 31-Dec-2020 These routes will now be run by another operator STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.301 18 Plymouth, Royal Parade Elburton 31-Dec-2020 These routes will now be run by another operator STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.302 19 Plymouth, Royal Parade Plympton 03-Jan-2021 Mondays to Fridays except Bank Holidays, Hourly Service STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.303 31 Plymouth, Mayllower Street Pennycross 03-Jan-2021 Mondayd to Fridays except Bank Holidays, Hourly Service STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.304  32 St Budeaux Square St Budeaux Square 03-Jan-2021 These routes will now be run by another operator STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.287 36 Plymouth Derrys Cross City College 03-Jan-2021 To operate between Derrys Cross and City College, Plymouth during College Terms STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.305 52 Plymouth, Royal Parade Plympton 03-Jan-2021 These routes will now be run by another operator STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH2008096.012 65 Halwill Junction Okehampton College 05-Jan-2021 Monday to Friday, Okehampton College term dates only. LINDEN HOLDINGS (DEVON) LTD
PH1020951.326 87 87A Tavistock Bere Alston 03-Jan-2021 Mondays to Saturdays, hourly. New timetables published but no details given of any changes STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.316 89 Tavistock Bishopsmead 03-Jan-2021 Mondays to Saturdays every hour.
New timetable published but no changes detailed - or noticed!
STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.241 90 Dartmouth Townstal 03-Jan-2021 To revise Mon-Sat frequency to 30 mins (service already was every 30 mins) STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.234 101 The George Park & Ride Plymouth Royal Parade 03-Jan-2021 101 The George Park & Ride - Derriford - Plymouth City Centre: Some timing points have been removed STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH2008096.001 188 Halwill Junction, Station Fields Tavistock Bus Station 08-Jan-2021 Fridays only. LINDEN HOLDINGS (DEVON) LTD
PH1020951.235 200 Coypool Park & Ride Plymouth Royal Parade 03-Jan-2021 200 Plymouth City Centre - Coypool Park and Ride: Some timing points have been removed STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1011427.094 421 Summercourt Bus Garage Nanpean, St. Georges Road 08-Feb-2021 Timetable variation SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH1011427.056 493 Truro, Lemon Quay Truro, bottom of Lemon Street 04-Jan-2021 Vary timetable. SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
PH2008096.002 630 Northlew Square Okehampton, Market Street 07-Jan-2021 Thursdays only. LINDEN HOLDINGS (DEVON) LTD
PH2008096.004 633 Northlew Square, Station Road Okehampton, Market Street 04-Jan-2021 Mondays only. LINDEN HOLDINGS (DEVON) LTD
PH2008096.003 638 Halwill Junction, Station Fields Holsworthy, Manor Car Park 08-Jan-2021 Wednesdays only. LINDEN HOLDINGS (DEVON) LTD
PH2008096.005 638 Halwill Junction, Station Fields Holsworthy, Manor Car Park 04-Jan-2021 Wednesdays only. LINDEN HOLDINGS (DEVON) LTD
PH2008096.006 642 Northlew Square Biddeford, The Quay - Sebbear, Square 04-Jan-2021 Mondays only. LINDEN HOLDINGS (DEVON) LTD
PH2008096.007 646 Halwill Junction, Station Fields Barnstaple Bus Station 05-Jan-2021 Tuesdays only. LINDEN HOLDINGS (DEVON) LTD
PH2008096.008 647 Market Entrance, Co op, Hatherleigh Exeter Bus Station 08-Jan-2021 Fridays only. LINDEN HOLDINGS (DEVON) LTD
PH2008096.009 669 South Zeal, Oxenham Arms St. Saviors Way, Crediton 05-Jan-2021 Tuesdays only. LINDEN HOLDINGS (DEVON) LTD
PH2008096.010 670 Glebelands, Cheriton Bishop Okehampton, Market Street 07-Jan-2021 Thursdays only. LINDEN HOLDINGS (DEVON) LTD
PH2008096.011 671 McColes Shop, Fore Street, Okehampton Sherbourne Road, Newton 06-Jan-2021 Wednesdays only LINDEN HOLDINGS (DEVON) LTD
PH0005305.042 PR6 Sidmouth Road County Hall Car Park 13-Feb-2021 cancellation DEALTOP LIMITED
PH0007049.001 SF1 Tiverton, Phoenix Lane Bridgewater Coach Station 31-Dec-2020 Temporary variation due to Coronavirus

Temporary suspension of service
BERRYS COACHES (TAUNTON) LTD

More notes to follow this week as I attempt to catch up on other service changes that I know about..