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28 March 2017

Cornwall Transit 059

 

Welcome to Cornwall Transit 59

All remains fairly quiet with just a few new listings for First South West which are all for Helston Flora Day in May. The only other new is the usual St Ives Shuttles. I am not sure what is going on with Eastwood / Royal Buses. There is nothing at all on Traveline for any of their services (they were there last year) and their own web site has clearly not been looked at for a year either.

Devon & Cornwall Transit Index


NC Eastwood PH1086607 t/a Royal Buses

Royal Buses 2 PH1086607.002 Trenwith Car Park - Royal Square St Ives

  • Licence: PH1086607.013
  • Operator: NICHOLAS COLIN EASTWOOD
  • Address: THE BURROWS, VICTORY HEIGHTS, ST. IVES, TR26 1GD, GB
  • Route Number: 2
  • Start Point: St Ives, Trenwith Car Park
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: St Ives, Royal Square
  • Other Details: Revised timetable.
  • Received: 31-Jan-17
  • Effective: 27-Mar-17
  • Accepted: 14-Feb-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted by SN
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2583
  • Section: Section 3.4 – Applications to Vary Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice
  • Initial Published: CT057
  • Final Published: CT059
  • Timetables NOT on Traveline, Nothing on their own web site and nothing mentioned on Cornwall County Council web site either

Royal Buses 44 PH10876607.015 St Ives Royal Square - Trevalgan

  • Licence: PH1086607.015
  • Operator: NICHOLAS COLIN EASTWOOD
  • Address: THE BURROWS, VICTORY HEIGHTS, ST. IVES, TR26 1GD, GB
  • Route Number: Trevalgan 44
  • Start Point: St Ives Royal Square
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: Trevalgan Touring Park
  • Other Details: Timetable amended
  • Received: 31-Jan-17
  • Effective: 01-Apr-17
  • Accepted: 14-Feb-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2583
  • Section: Section 3.3 – Applications to Vary Existing Services 
  • Initial Published: CT057
  • Final Published: CT059
  • Timetables NOT on Traveline, Nothing on their own web site and nothing mentioned on Cornwall County Council web site either

Royal Buses 55 PH1086607.014 St Ives Royal Square - Polmanter

  • Licence: PH1086607.014
  • Operator: NICHOLAS COLIN EASTWOOD
  • Address: THE BURROWS, VICTORY HEIGHTS, ST. IVES, TR26 1GD, GB
  • Route Number: 55
  • Start Point: St Ives, Royal Square
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: Polamanter
  • Other Details: Revised timetable
  • Received: 31-Jan-17
  • Effective: 01-Apr-17
  • Accepted: 14-Feb-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2583
  • Section: Section 3.3 – Applications to Vary Existing Services 
  • Initial Published: CT057
  • Final Published: CT059
  • Timetables NOT on Traveline, Nothing on their own web site and nothing mentioned on Cornwall County Council web site either


First South West Ltd PH0004983 t/a Kernow Buses

Kernow 2 PH0004983.171 Penzance- Helston - Falmouth

  • Licence: PH0004983.171
  • Operator: FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
  • Address: UNION STREET, CAMBORNE, TR14 8HF, GB
  • Route Number: 2
  • Start Point: Penzance Bus Station
  • Via: Helston
  • End Point: Falmouth, The Moor
  • Other Details: To operate an amended timetable with additional journeys for Helston Flora Day on Saturday 6 May 2017
  • Received: 10-Mar-17
  • Effective: 06-May-17
  • Accepted: 20-Mar-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted
  • Event Type: 0
  • N & P: 2587
  • Section: Section 3.3 – Applications to Vary Existing Services 
  • Initial Published: CT059
  • Final Published: CT061

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Kernow 37 PH0004983.376 Helston - Redruth

  • Licence: PH0004983.376
  • Operator: FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
  • Address: UNION STREET, CAMBORNE, TR14 8HF, GB
  • Route Number: 37
  • Start Point: Helston
  • Via: Four Lanes
  • End Point: Redruth
  • Other Details: Revised timetable for Helston Flora Day on Saturday 6 May 2017
  • Received: 10-Mar-17
  • Effective: 06-May-17
  • Accepted: 20-Mar-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted
  • Event Type: 0
  • N & P: 2587
  • Section: Section 3.3 – Applications to Vary Existing Services 
  • Initial Published: CT059
  • Final Published: CT061

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Kernow 39 PH0004983.373 Camborne - Leedstown - Helston

  • Licence: PH0004983.373
  • Operator: FIRST SOUTH WEST LIMITED
  • Address: UNION STREET, CAMBORNE, TR14 8HF, GB
  • Route Number: 39
  • Start Point: Camborne Bus Station
  • Via: Reawla, Leedstown, Carleen
  • End Point: Helston
  • Other Details: To operate an additional journey on Helston Flora Day on Saturday 6 May 2017 - 1900 Helston to Camborne.
  • Received: 10-Mar-17
  • Effective: 06-May-17
  • Accepted: 20-Mar-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted
  • Event Type: 0
  • N & P: 2587
  • Section: Section 3.3 – Applications to Vary Existing Services 
  • Initial Published: CT059
  • Final Published: CT061

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39 Helston - Leedstown - Camborne


St Ives Bus Co Ltd PH

St Ives Bus Co 6 PH1053866.022 St Ives Rugby Club - Porthmeor Beach

  • Licence: PH1053866.022
  • Operator: ST. IVES BUS CO. LTD
  • Address: 4 ROSEWALL TERRACE, ST. IVES, TR26 1QJ, GB
  • Route Number: 6
  • Start Point: St Ives Rugby Club
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: St Ives, Porthmeor Beach
  • Other Details: Route, timetable and operating dates amended.
  • Received: 21-Dec-16
  • Effective: 01-Apr-17
  • Accepted: 05-Jan-17
  • Event: Variation Accepted
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2577
  • Section: Section 3.3 – Applications to Vary Existing Services 
  • Initial Published: CT054
  • Final Published: CT059

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27 March 2017

Bay News

Torbay Buses

Torbay Council has been working hard with other operators to try and ensure that bus services can be maintained, following the announcement last month that Torbay bus operator ‘Local Link’ was withdrawing from the fare element of their business with effect from Saturday 1 April 2017. The local authority is pleased to announce that two new operators, will shortly be running services within the Bay.

Cllr Mark King, Executive Lead for Housing, Planning, Transport and Waste said: “I am delighted to hear about this news.  To have two new operators working within Torbay and bringing fresh ideas is with them is very positive. I wish them both well. This is a good day for the bus users of the Bay.”

DJ Watts Coach Travel Ltd T/A Torbay Mini Buses has registered the following bus routes currently being operated by Local Link. These routes are numbers 62, 64 (revised), 108/109 and supermarket services S1-S6 and TC1. The buses will carry new branding under the name Torbay Buses.

Darren Watts, Managing Director of Torbay Buses, said: “It is intended that there will be no break in service. Many of the vehicles and drivers will be familiar to those members of the public currently using these services. The first day of operation for Torbay Buses will be Monday 3 April 2017.”

“Torbay Mini Buses currently specialises in providing mini coaches for private hire work and 16 seat and wheelchair accessible minibuses for school contract work. Fare paying bus routes are a new venture for us and we hope this will become a growing and successful part of our business.

“We have had the full support of both Torbay Council and the current operator Local Link in the registering of these routes and are very grateful for their continuing help and advice.”

At the same time, Torbay Community Development Trust (TCDT) has joined forces with a team of dedicated volunteers to take over the running of the recently withdrawn 60/61 bus service between Paignton and Torquay. The new community led service renamed the 60 will come into effect from Monday 3 April and offer passengers a similar service to the old route, travelling from Paignton to Torquay, via Occombe Farm, Preston, Livermead and St Lukes.

A recent transport survey undertaken by the TCDT demonstrated how vital the service was to the lives of vulnerable and older people.

As with the previous 60/61 service, the new 60 bus route will offer residents a Monday to Friday service. The new route will also offer a Saturday service enabling local residents who rely on the bus greater flexibility to travel around the Bay on the weekend. The continuation of the service, which has created a number of job opportunities for drivers, was only made possible due to Torbay Council generously offering a favourable concessionary fare agreement to the new providers, without which the service would not be able to run.

Rhian Keyse, Ageing Well Community Transport Coordinator, said: “We are delighted that TCDT will be operating the new 60 bus service. Our research into transport needs demonstrated that transport links across Torbay are absolutely critical.

“Without access to transport, many of the most vulnerable members of the community say they feel lonely and isolated, which has a negative impact on their wellbeing. This new initiative is a real triumph of community action and shows what can be done by dedicated local volunteers working to solve issues within their communities. The new route will be reliant on the support of the community and we would like to encourage residents to make good use of the service.”

Cllr Mark King, Executive Lead for Housing, Planning, Transport and Waste said: “The 60/61 is a vital route for the residents of Torquay and Paignton and many would be left isolated without this service. The TCDT and their partners have worked hard over the past few months to put this route together and I have supported them every step of the way.”

Country Bus, in association with Devon County Council, will also operate a new 125 service from Stoke Gabriel into Paignton via Marldon.

Unfortunately no companies came forward with proposals to run the existing Local Link 65 and 67 routes and council officers will continue to work with operators in an effort to fill any gaps left in the network.

Source: WeAreSouthDevon.com You can join us on our social media pages, follow us on Facebook or Twitter and keep up to date with whats going on in South Devon.

Full details of the new services will appear in Devon Transit 059 in a weeks time.

Meanwhile elsewhere in The Bay…

Stagecoach Devon

Stagecoach Publicity ShotA new fleet of open top buses will serve Torbay this summer. The Golden Hop122 will start on April 29 and run right through the summer season up to every 20 minutes, seven days a week. The fleet of six buses will connect St Marychurch, Torquay, Paignton and Paignton Zoo and visitors will be able to enjoy a unique sightseeing experience and hop on and off as often as they like to visit destinations and attractions along the route.

Bob Dennison, Managing Director of Stagecoach South West, said: “I'm absolutely delighted to be introducing a regular open top service to the Bay. Tourism is a vital part of Torbay's economy and I hope that the colourful, eye-catching buses and family of fun characters will be a hit with both residents and tourists alike."

Richard Cuming, chairman of English Riviera Attractions and owner of Bygones added: “Over the last few years Stagecoach has been a fantastic supporter of the Attractions Partnership. This new service further proves they are committed to finding more ways to support tourism in the Bay and I can't wait to see it pass by my front door."

Each 'Golden Hop' bus features a distinctive yellow livery with its very own 'bus hopper' animal character. The first bus, starring the Hop mascot Gary the Rabbit, spent the day at the popular tourism exhibition to promote the new service to businesses across the Bay. The remaining five buses are currently being prepped ready for the start of service and each 'bus hopper' has been named by classes from Torbay primary schools:

  • Chirpy the Cricket (Class 2M, Cockington Primary School)
  • Porter the Penguin (Class 13, Oldway Primary School)
  • Cango the Kangaroo (Class 14, Oldway Primary School)
  • Freddie the Frog (Class 2, Priory Catholic Primary School)
  • Swash Buckle the Pirate Parrot (Class 3, Priory Catholic Primary School)

Children at Cockington Primary School were also responsible for coming up with the name 'Golden Hop' to describe the bus route itself.

Teacher Anna Hylands said: “The children have been so enthusiastic about coming up with a name and we loved thinking about the parts of travelling we enjoyed and what name reflects this. Our final idea, 'Golden hop', was decided after a secret vote. The child who created the name said that her favourite part of a day out was hopping on a bus and feeling as if it can take you anywhere." Further details of the new service, including a full timetable, will be announced by the operator soon. To further promote the link with local tourism, each 'bus hopper' character will also be hosted by an attraction along the route. Children can collect a sticker from the character from the attraction and add it to a free sticker book. This will be available from Stagecoach's Paignton Travelshop and from their open top driver. Host attractions are members of the Attractions Partnership whose popular 'passport' the bus operator also sponsors. Bus hopper locations will be:

  • Bygones (Swash Buckle)
  • Dinosaur World (Chirpy)
  • Kents Cavern (Freddie)
  • Paignton Travelshop (Gary)
  • Paignton Zoo (Cango)
  • Torquay Museum (Porter)

Its good to see Stagecoach really going for it again this year. There does seem to be a resurgence on interest in open top operation across the group lately. There are even some brand new ones for The Lake District this year! Lets just hope that the weather holds and it proves to be a worthwhile investment. Now if we could just get someone interested in open toppers in Plymouth….

23 March 2017

K66OTS

Thanks to Brian George of Plymouth Citybus Car and Commercial we have a few pictures of former Citybus Dart 44 Y644NYD looking very smart in her new livery and showing off a nice job on the interior

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The Pointer 2 is a design which has aged well and still looks good when presented as well as this one, even when the registration plate makes it look older than it is!

A credit to both Plymouth Citybus and OTS.

22 March 2017

Fleet Updates

The fleet list updates have continued over the last week:

The Target Travel fleet listing is now up to date to the latest PSV Circle news sheets.

Target totty

© Nick Rice

The other smaller operators with up dated fleet listings are Alansway Coaches Ltd (Country Bus) and Dealtop Ltd (Dartline)

The lists mentioned above are all on the same Google Sheet HERE

Dealtop (Dartline), Clyst St Mary (DN) N900 DLC

© Ian Kirby

Finally for now, the Stagecoach Devon listing is also updated.

10690 SN66VVA STAGECOACH

© 'Eddie' (cc)

Later in the week I hope to get Cornwall operators up dated too!