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The next few months should see new Enviro City double deckers for Plymouth Citybus along with secondhand Enviro 200s from London seeing off the Volvo B7RLEs and many of the older double deckers.
After a quiet period struggling with a rubbish computer I am now back up and running regular posts again. New fleet lists etc will also follow over the coming weeks...

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17 August 2019

Devon & Cornwall Transit 168

The weekly look at service changes across Devon & Cornwall. As usual please click through on the Licence number for more details and full route histories on the PTBS web site. Links to Traveline and other timetables and maps are provided below where possible, but always check with the operators own web site for up to date information before you travel!

The following service changes are planned for this coming week 19 – 25th August

None - but it does start to get very busy at the beginning of September…

Future service changes registered this last week:

Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes OPERATOR
PH2015480.005 59 Plymouth, Royal Parade George Park & Ride 16-Sep-2019 Cancellation DEALTOP (PLYMOUTH) LTD
PH2015480.006 87 Tavistock Bus Station Bere Alston 02-Sep-2019 Cancellation DEALTOP (PLYMOUTH) LTD
PH0006159.414 X51 Bridport Coach Station Axminster Rail Station 22-Sep-2019 Revised timetable - introduction of winter level of service FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD
PH0004983.513 85 86 Newquay Truro 16-Sep-2019 Varied timetable for winter period FIRST SOUTH WEST LTD
PH1093399.017 442 Falmouth, the moor. Camborne, Bus station 02-Sep-2019 Monday to Saturday Approx. 2 hourly.

OFFICE & TRANSPORT SERVICES LTD

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Social Media Highlightts of last few days


14 August 2019

Citybus Twitter

Plymouth Citybus have announced an improved service for live traffic updates:

From Monday 19th August 2019, all live traffic and service updates will be posted to our Twitter account - @plymouthbus.

Don't worry if you're not on Twitter - you don't need an account to keep up to date. Just head to: www.twitter.com/plymouthbus on any device and you'll see our page without needing to log in or have an account. To make things even easier, we've placed a feed of updates on our homepage here, so whenever you go to our website, you'll get the latest updates there too.

We are gearing up for service updates to be available within the app too. You'll notice there is already a link within the app to head to Twitter, which will display our page and all the updates within it. Later this year, we will be developing this further, which is why you'll see #PCB with each service number on all our updates. We'll update you with more information on this as it progresses.

Why are we making these changes?

To provide all passengers with a clear, chronological feed of real time information to help you to plan your journey.

Our team of dedicated customer experience advisors and network controllers will continue to monitor the situation on the roads, feeding the latest information back to you live via Twitter - your one stop for updates as they happen. Between the hours of 08:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday, our Customer Experience team will be on hand on Twitter to respond to any quick queries you might have throughout the day, as well as via phone, email and in person at our Royal Parade Travel Centre.

We’ll also continue to share important information on our website under the 'News and Service Updates' section. Here you will find updates on major disruptions, diversions and roadworks in more detail.

Meanwhile on Facebook, we want to engage with you. Here we will be sharing our good news stories and the things we’re proud of, letting you know what we’re working on with the community and how you can get involved, posting job openings and our latest offers.

We will continue to notify Facebook followers of any critical information affecting the majority of our network, including major pre-planned works, network changes and major unexpected disruptions, with live service updates hosted exclusively on Twitter.

I have noticed the use of the #PCB route numbers which hopefully will lead to big improvements in the way delays are publicised. Those of us that use the live tracker will know of its limitations and not everyone has access to it anyway. As the live displays at bus stops don't seem to be improving at all with far too many bus stops not having any displays  at all, then anything which helps passengers has to be a good thing. Lets hope these improvements really do delivery a better service.

Plymouth Citybus 475 LX06FKL

13 August 2019

Not everyone is proud

Quite a few bus companies have Pride buses out these days, but they can be difficult for some:

A BUS driver who allegedly refused to drive a double-decker adorned with gay pride rainbow colours "because it promoted homosexuality" has been suspended from his job. The man, described as aged in his 50s, was apparently so offended by the vehicle that he demanded to swap buses, so he could drive one which didn't feature shades of the gay pride rainbow flag.

Konectbus passenger Rebecca Sears, 19, said the incident occurred while she was waiting at Norwich Bus Station last Friday for the 501 park and ride service. She explained: "He said we have to wait a minute; he said 'I am not driving this bus because it promotes homosexuality'. "I was standing with two other women and we kind of thought he was joking, in a weird way. Like we were just thinking is it really that big of a deal?"

Konectbus management have made their feelings clear

"Our management team has been made aware and it is being taken very seriously. "We find this attitude, behaviour and level of customer service completely unacceptable. "As a company we do not condone any behaviour from our drivers that does not support this view. "The driver involved in this incident has been suspended and a full investigation is underway."

The Sun

What amazed me on this one is that on  the ‘Pride bus’ in question the only adornment was that the route number display was in rainbow colours – apart from that it was in standard Park & Ride livery. You dread to think what the driver would have thought about driving this …

Plymouth Citybus 465 LX06EZS

12 August 2019

Metrobuses!

The recent influx of ex London double deckers for Plymouth Citybus is nothing new for Plymouth. A small batch of MCW Metrobuses were operated by First Western National as seen here back in 2002. Ironically though they did not arrive from London having been transferred down from Leicester – so they were third hand by the time we got them!

Although “interesting” to us enthusiasts I got the impression they were not exactly liked by drivers and they were not that brilliant for passengers either. They were also just as old as the VRs that they were supposedly going to replace!

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