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12 February 2016

The new order on the 87

Its always nice to receive photos in my inbox which have been sent in as “possibly of interest”

Two whch go very nicely together:

Ian Kirby starts us off with this photo of Dartline SLZ 6715 on loan to Jacketts working the 87 on Jackett's last day on this service.

SLZ6715

Then to complete the story we have this photo supplied by Ian Harris (taken by his son David) Stagecoach 37119 on the 87 in Station Road Bere Alston 37119 Stagecoach

Stagecoach are of course now running the 87 on a temporary contract. Just dont try searching for the timetable on the Stagecoach web site!

11 February 2016

Ebay Dennis Dart

Fancy buying your own former Plymouth Citybus Dennis Dart?

Dennis Dart Bus - eBay

Former Plymouth Citybus 129 M129HOD is currently on eBay placed there by Alansway (Countrybus).

TC1 or T7...

© Nick Rice

Darts in the snow Plymouth Citybus 129 M129HOD

09 February 2016

Devon Transit 029

Welcome to Devon Transit 029


Lots going on this week as we start to see the Summer timetable updates for the end of March.

Last Two Weeks

New notices from VOSA over the past two weeks:

Stagecoach Devon 5B [PH1020951.164] Great Torrington Barnstaple

  • PH1020951/164 -
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted by SN: 
  • Operating between Great Torrington 
  • and Barnstaple 
  • given service number 5B 
  • effective from 29-Mar-2016. 
  • To amend Route and Timetable.

Plymouth Citybus 14 [PH0000135.152] Tamar Science Park - Devonport - Plymstock

  • PH0000135/152 - 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Plymouth, Science Park 
  • and Plymstock, Horn Cross Road (no longer servicng Langage)
  • given service number 14 
  • effective from 27-Mar-2016. 
  • To amend Route and Timetable.
Plymouth Citybus 250 LX05EYP

Satgecoach Devon 19 [PH1020951.172] Appledore - North Devon Dist Hospital

  • PH1020951/172 - 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted by SN: 
  • Operating between North Devon District Hospital 
  • and Appledore 
  • given service number 19 
  • effective from 29-Mar-2016. 
  • To amend Route and Timetable.

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

  • PH0000135/100 - 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
  • Variation Accepted by SN: 
  • Operating between St Budeaux, Square 
  • and St Budeaux, Square 
  • given service number 21/21A 
  • effective from 31-Jan-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.

Stagecoach Devon 21 21A 21C [PH1020951.136] Ilfracombe / Barnstaple Appledore / Westward Ho!

  • PH1020951/136 - 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted by SN: 
  • Operating between Ilfracombe or Barnstaple 
  • and Appledore or Westward Ho! 
  • given service number 21/21A/21C/921/922 
  • effective from 29-Mar-2016. 
  • To amend Route and Timetable.

Stagecoach Devon 21B [PH1020951.187] Westward Ho! Bideford College

  • PH1020951/187 - 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Westward Ho! 
  • and Bideford College 
  • given service number 21B 
  • effective from 10-Apr-2016. 
  • To amend Route and Timetable.

Chelston Leisure Services (Local Link) 25 [PH1052309.016] Stoke Gabriel Paignton

  • PH1052309/16 - 
  • CHELSTON LEISURE SERVICES LTD T/A DIAL-A-BUS, 
  • LONG ROAD, PAIGNTON, TQ4 7BL 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Stoke Gabriel 
  • and Paignton Bus Station 
  • given service number 25 
  • effective from 04-Apr-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.

Plymouth Citybus 42 42C [PH0000135.149] Royal Parade - Derriford / Woolwell

  • PH0000135/149 - 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Plymouth Royal Parade 
  • and Derriford Hospital/Woolwell 
  • given service number 42/42C 
  • effective from 27-Mar-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.

Plymouth Citybus 46 46A 46B [PH0000135.154-155] Plymouth - Yelverton - Tavistock - Okehampton

  • 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 46/46A/46B 
  • effective from 27-Mar-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.
  • PH0000135/155 - 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Tavistock Bus Station 
  • and Okehampton 
  • given service number 46 
  • effective from 27-Mar-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable

T Jackett 55 56 [PH1101608.012] Tavistock - Yelverton

  • PH1101608/12 - 
  • TREVELLYAN JACKETT T/A JACKETT'S COACHES, 
  • KINGSETT HOUSE,, ALBASTON, GUNNISLAKE, PL18 9AL 
  • Cancellation Accepted:
  • Operating between Tavistock Bus Station 
  • and Yelverton Roundabout 
  • given service number 55/56 
  • effective from 04-Apr-2016.
  • This is more a bit of housekeeping as the service was initally run by Oakleys before going to Target Travel who still operate the service. I dont think Jacketts ever did run the service, although I may be mistaken?

Chelston Leisure Services (Local link) 62 [PH1052309.003] Torquay Cockington

  • PH1052309/3 - 
  • CHELSTON LEISURE SERVICES LTD T/A DIAL-A-BUS, 
  • LONG ROAD, PAIGNTON, TQ4 7BL 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Torquay Strand 
  • and Torquay Strand 
  • given service number 62 
  • effective from 29-Mar-2016.
  • To amend Route and Timetable.

Chelston Leisure Services (Local Link) 62A [PH1052309.009] Daddy Hole Road - Torquay

  • PH1052309/9 - 
  • CHELSTON LEISURE SERVICES LTD T/A DIAL-A-BUS, 
  • LONG ROAD, PAIGNTON, TQ4 7BL 
  • Cancellation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Torquay, Daddyhole Road 
  • and Torquay , Strand 
  • given service number 62A 
  • effective from 04-Apr-2016.

Stagecoach Devon 71 72 [PH1020951.125] Barnstaple - Holsworthy / Shebbear

  • PH1020951/125 - 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted by SN: 
  • Operating between Barnstaple Bus Station 
  • and Holsworthy/Shebbear 
  • given service number 72/71/72 
  • effective from 29-Mar-2016. 
  • To amend Route and Timetable

Stagecoach Devon 75 [PH1020951.120] Barnstaple - Great Torrington

  • PH1020951/120 - 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted by SN: 
  • Operating between Barnstaple 
  • and Great Torrington 
  • given service number 75A/75/75B 
  • effective from 29-Mar-2016. 
  • To amend Route and Timetable.

Plymouth Citybus 79 79A [PH0000135.160] Callington - Tavistock

  • PH0000135/160 - 
  • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
  • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Callington, New Road 
  • and Tavistock Bus Station 
  • given service number 79/79A 
  • effective from 27-Mar-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.

T Jackett 87 87A [PH1101608.001] Tavistock Bere Alston

  • PH1101608/1 - 
  • TREVELLYAN JACKETT T/A JACKETT'S COACHES, 
  • KINGSETT HOUSE,, ALBASTON, GUNNISLAKE, PL18 9AL 
  • Cancellation Accepted by SN: 
  • Operating between Tavistock Bus Station 
  • and Tavistock Bus Station 
  • given service number 87/87A 
  • effective from 01-Feb-2016.

Stagecoach Devon 87 87A [PH1020951.255] Tavistock - Bere Alston

  • PH1020951/255 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB
  • Registration Accepted by SN
  • Starting Point: Tavistock Bus Station
  • Finish Point: Bere Alston
  • Via:
  • Service Number: 87
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping
  • Effective Date: 04-FEB-2016
  • Other Details: Mondays to Saturdays Hourly service. Award of contract by Devon County Council. To replace cancelled PH1101608/1

Stagecoach Devon 804 805 [PH1020951.247] Widewell / Roborough - Tor Bridge School

  • PH1020951/247 - 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted by SN: 
  • Operating between Widewell/Robouough 
  • and Tor Bridge High School 
  • given service number 805/804 
  • effective from 08-Feb-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.

Stagecoach Devon 806 [PH1020951.248] Devonport - Coombe Dene School

  • PH1020951/248 - 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted by SN: 
  • Operating between Devonport 
  • and Coombe Dene School 
  • given service number 806 
  • effective from 01-Feb-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.

Ticking down Trident

© Nick Rice 5th January 2016

Stagecoach Devon 807 [PH1020951.245] Woolwell - Coombe Dene School

  • PH1020951/245 - 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted by SN: 
  • Operating between Woolwell 
  • and Coombe Dene School 
  • given service number 807 
  • effective from 01-Feb-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.

Stagecoach Devon 808 809 810 [PH1020951.246] Milehouse - Coombe Dene School

  • PH1020951/246 - 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted by SN: 
  • Operating between Milehouse 
  • and Coombe Dene School 
  • given service number 808/809/810 
  • effective from 01-Feb-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.

Stagecoach Devon 903 904 [PH1020951.116] Fremington - Pilton School

  • PH1020951/116 - 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Fremington 
  • and Pilton School 
  • given service number 904/903 
  • effective from 11-Apr-2016.
  • To amend Route and Timetable.

 Riverlink NT1 [PH0007025.044] Churston Steam Railway - Greeenaway House

  • PH0007025/44 - 
  • DART PLEASURE CRAFT LTD T/A RAIL RIVER LINK BUSES, 
  • STEAMER QUAY ROAD, TOTNES, TQ9 5AL 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between CHURSTON STEAM RAILWAY STATION 
  • and GREENAWAY HOUSE ( NATIONAL TRUST PROPERTY) 
  • given service number NT1 
  • effective from 26-Mar-2016. [DT032]
  • To amend Stopping Places and Timetable.
  • This one should have been in DT028!


Coming Up

Previously announced changes coming up in the next two weeks

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

T Jackett 87 87A [PH1101608.001] Tavistock Bere Alston

  • PH1101608/1 - 
  • TREVELLYAN JACKETT T/A JACKETT'S COACHES, 
  • KINGSETT HOUSE,, ALBASTON, GUNNISLAKE, PL18 9AL 
  • Cancellation Accepted by SN: 
  • Operating between Tavistock Bus Station 
  • and Tavistock Bus Station 
  • given service number 87/87A 
  • effective from 01-Feb-2016.

    Change of operator on Services 87/87A Tavistock – Bere Alston/Bere Ferrers from 1st February 2016
    Following a period of unsatisfactory operation, Devon County Council have terminated the contract with Jackett’s Coaches for Services 87/87A, Tavistock to Bere Alston & Bere Ferrers. The termination takes effect after operation on Saturday 30th January 2016. Devon County Council have made an emergency arrangement with Stagecoach to take over the same Service 87/87A route and timetable with effect from Monday 1st February.

Stagecoach Devon 87 87A [PH1020951.255] Tavistock - Bere Alston

  • PH1020951/255 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB
  • Registration Accepted by SN
  • Starting Point: Tavistock Bus Station
  • Finish Point: Bere Alston
  • Via:
  • Service Number: 87
  • Service Type: Normal Stopping
  • Effective Date: 04-FEB-2016
  • Other Details: Mondays to Saturdays Hourly service. Award of contract by Devon County Council. To replace cancelled PH1101608/1

Traveline Timetable: 87 87A Tavistock - Bere Ferrers

    We have taken on service 87 connecting Tavistock and Bere Alston on an emergency basis from Monday 1 February until 1 May.  The timetable, tickets and passes remains valid as before.

Filers Travel 301[PH1066351.004] Combre Martin - Barnstaple

  • PH1066351/4  
  • FILERS TRAVEL LIMITED, 
  • SLADE LODGE, SLADE ROAD, ILFRACOMBE, EX34 8LB 
  • Variation Accepted: 
  • Operating between Combe Martin 
  • and Barnstaple Post Office 
  • given service number 301 
  • effective from 15-Feb-2016.  [DT029]
  • To amend Timetable. No new timetable found!

Stagecoach Devon 804 805 [PH1020951.247] Widewell / Roborough - Tor Bridge School

Stagecoach Devon 806 [PH1020951.248] Devonport - Coombe Dene School

  • PH1020951/248 - 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted by SN: 
  • Operating between Devonport 
  • and Coombe Dene School 
  • given service number 806 
  • effective from 01-Feb-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.
  • Traveline Timetable: 806 Devonport - Plymstock

Stagecoach Devon 807 [PH1020951.245] Woolwell - Coombe Dene School

  • PH1020951/245 - 
  • STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A STAGECOACH SOUTH WEST, 
  • BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB 
  • Variation Accepted by SN: 
  • Operating between Woolwell 
  • and Coombe Dene School 
  • given service number 807 
  • effective from 01-Feb-2016. 
  • To amend Timetable.
  • Traveline Timetable: 807 Woolwell - - Plymstock

Stagecoach Devon 808 809 810 [PH1020951.246] Milehouse - Coombe Dene School


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


In The News

AN IMPASSIONED plea has been launched by residents on the Aller estate to save their lifeline of a bus service. While work is being undertaken on the South Devon Highway, the no.12 and the x46 buses have been diverted through the Aller estate. Residents say that the diverted route has been a lifeline for them as they no longer have to traipse a mile to the nearest bus stop and are desperate for the route to remain. But a spokesman for Stagecoach has said that once the South Devon Highway works are completed, bus services will return to normal."

Read more: http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/routing-buses-Aller-lifeline-say-residents/story-28691913-detail/story.html#ixzz3zcGIQ1Ep
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08 February 2016

Derriford Developments

 

Work to upgrade Plymouth’s second busiest bus interchange will get under way this week.

The Derriford Hospital Interchange scheme, which has been developed in partnership with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, will convert the existing one-way bus link through the hospital to allow buses to travel in both directions. It will also create separate taxi and passenger drop-off points and provide three additional bus stops.

As well as reducing congestion outside the main entrance and making bus journeys to and from the hospital quicker and more reliable, the scheme will provide better waiting areas for bus and taxi passengers and those getting dropped off or picked up by car.

It is estimated to cost just over £2 million, with £1.4 million being provided by the Heart-of-the-South-West Local Enterprise Partnership. The remaining funding will be provided by the Council and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

The new interchange is part of a master plan of highway improvements that will help unlock development and deliver 9,000 new jobs and 3,000 new homes in the north of the city. Other schemes include the Derriford Transport Scheme which is due to start later this year, as well as the new Marjon Link Road, which opened in September 2015.

Preparations are being made this week to get the site ready for the main works, which are due to start on Monday 8 February. Construction will be carried out by the Council’s highways contractor Amey and is programmed to take nine months.

During that time access along the front of the hospital’s main entrance will be restricted to buses, Hackney Carriages and emergency vehicles.

All drop-off traffic will be re-directed to Car Park F, where facilities will be provided for anyone who needs assistance. Some sections of footpath will be closed during the works but alternative routes and crossing points will be provided.

Access for cyclists will be maintained throughout the works and all building entrances will remain open. All diversion routes will be clearly signed.

Access to Accident and Emergency will not be affected.

Disruption will be kept to a minimum but anyone travelling to Derriford Hospital is advised to plan ahead and add extra time to their journey.

Paul Barnard, the Council’s Assistant Director for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, said: “The area outside Derriford Hospital is often congested, especially at peak time and this scheme should make a big difference to patients, staff and visitors.

“By providing extra space for buses and making this a two-way link we will not only improve service reliability for bus passengers, but also help to improve bus journey times and keep traffic moving along the whole northern corridor.

“The scheme will also provide much better, safer areas for people being picked up and dropped off at the hospital.”

Nick Thomas, Director of Planning and Site Services at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “This scheme is an important investment in the city’s infrastructure which will benefit people visiting our hospital and ease traffic flow more generally.

“We are working closely with Plymouth City Council and other interested parties, to ensure developments on site are in the interests of our patients, visitors and staff.

“While the improvements are being carried out we realise there will be some disruption so we apologise in advance and ask everyone to be patient.”

Main Road thru

Background

The bus interchange at Derriford Hospital is the second busiest in the city. The Derriford Hospital Interchange scheme will convert the existing one-way bus link through the hospital to allow buses to travel in both directions. It will also create separate taxi and passenger drop-off points and provide three additional bus stops.

The scheme will reduce congestion outside the main entrance and make bus journeys to and from the hospital quicker and more reliable. The waiting areas for bus and taxi passengers and those getting dropped off or picked up by car will also be improved.

The total cost of the scheme is estimated at just over £2 million. The Heart-of-the-South-West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) – the body responsible for allocating funding for large-scale transport schemes across Plymouth. Devon, Torbay and Somerset – has recognised the regional importance of the scheme and has awarded £1.4 million towards delivery from its Growth Fund. The remaining funding will be provided by the Council and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Derriford Hospital Interchange scheme is part of a master plan of highway improvements that will help to unlock development and deliver 9,000 new jobs and 3,000 new homes in the north of the city.Other schemes include the Derriford Transport Scheme which is due to start later this year, as well as the new Marjon Link Road, which opened in September 2015.

Planning Permission

Planning permission for the Derriford Hospital Interchange scheme was granted in January 2016. The application number is 15/02189/FUL and all of the documents can be viewed on the planning online page.

Derriford Hospital

Traffic Management

The works will involve a complicated traffic management plan which will ultimately mean that only Buses and Ambulances will be allowed to travel passed the main entrance during these works, all other traffic will be stopped.   Below is a summary of what the traffic management arrangements will mean for staff, patients and visitors.

· Only Buses, Emergency Vehicles and Patient Transport will be allowed to drive passed the main entrance for 9 months.  The contractor will have a manned barrier in operation preventing access to all but authorised vehicles.

· All drop off and pick up for the main entrance will be via Car Park F (new car park next to main outpatients).  Car Park F offers free parking for the first hour.

· A temporary welcome and mobility centre will be located in car park F.  This will consist of a manned port-a-cabin, welcome area with seating etc where members of the public can wait to be collected.  In addition patients and visitors can wait here while relatives park the car and return to escort them into the Hospital.  Alternatively patients or visitors with limited mobility can wait here to be given a lift via a mobility (golf type) buggy to and from the main entrance, if they feel it is too far to walk.  This will be a free courtesy service for the duration of the works.

· There will be no motorcycle parking outside the main entrance during these works.  Motorcycle parking is available in two marked areas within car park F as well as car park B, C, MSCP and near Maternity.

· Car Park public A has been reversed.  Access is now via the mini roundabout off Derriford Road.  When cars exit A they will only be able to turn left back out onto Derriford Road and not use car park A to cut through the site.

· Staff Car Parks C & D - Staff who leave via staff car park C will have to exit the site via the Marjons traffic lights.  Staff who leave via car park D will have the option of leaving via Morlaix Drive or the mini roundabout.  Staff will not be able to drive in front of the main entrance to get from one side of the site to the other.  Staff who exit the MSCP or NWQ will be unaffected.

· Patients who drop off/collect specimens, commodes etc from the main entrance will have to park in car park F and walk to the main entrance. 

· Buses will drop off in the current location outside Plym.  However the current bus stops will be closed.  Instead temporary bus stops will be in position nearer to the Hospital building.

· During all works pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

· New signage will be place both on Derriford Road and on site to direct patients and visitors.

As with any chnage in traffic management at or near Derriford Hospital the first few days at least are likely to be chaotic so expect delays. If you can avoid the ear then do so - sadly not an option for those who work there!