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15 February 2018

Britains most scenic route?

Copy_of_PNG_Logo_CroppedBus users across the UK are being given the chance to vote for their favourite bus journey in a survey to find ‘Britain’s Most Scenic Bus Route’. It is first time such a task has been undertaken and researchers in Yorkshire are confident of a good response from passengers.

First, Arriva, Transdev, Go-Ahead and Stagecoach are supporting the survey and will ask their 420,000 followers on social media to take part.

The survey has been developed by researcher, Paul Kirby of PK Marketing, who has 25 years’ experience of data collection and analysis. People can vote for their favourite routes online and are entered into a cash prize draw. The winners will be announced in summer 2018 and a website will be produced to promote Britain’s most scenic bus routes.

The voting form can be found HERE: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ScenicBus

Not surprisingly there are a few Devon & Cornwall routes listed (you can add others to the list if you wish)

  • 3 - Dartmouth to Plymouth - Stagecoach South West
  • 21 - Barnstaple to Croyde - Stagecoach South West
  • 22 - Paignton to Dawlish Warren - Stagecoach South West
  • A1 Atlantic Coasters - Penzance to Lands End - First Kernow
  • A5 Atlantic Coasters - Newquay to Padstow - First Kernow
  • X53 Jurassic Coaster - Weymouth to Axminster - First Wessex

I am surprised that the Plymouth Citybus 50 isnt listed though? A nice comfortable ride through the delights of Leigham, Estover, Whitleigh, St Budeaux…

So if you want to see one or our routes at the top of the votes then register your votes now.

Are there any local routes you feel should be listed?

 

 

 

13 February 2018

Devon & Cornwall Transit 089

Bus services across Devon & Cornwall that are due to change in the next week and new announcements for future changes received in the last week.

New VOSA notices in the last week:

  • Tryscore Associates - a new operator with a new Nightbus service for Exeter University

New timetables this coming week for:

  • Stagecoach 2 2A. No more 2B
  • Travel Cornwall 471

 

PTI SCD

    2 2A     Saltash Mount Batten  STAGECOACH DEVON LTD PH1020951.236

    • Licence: PH1020951.236
    • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
    • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
    • Route Number: 2P (2, 2A)
    • Start Point: Saltash
    • Via: 0
    • End Point: Mount Batten
    • Other Details: To revise route & timetable
    • Received: 22-Dec-17
    • Effective: 18-Feb-18
    • Accepted: 02-Jan-18
    • End Date: 00-Jan-00
    • Event Type: Variation applications
    • N & P:  2628
    • N & P Section: 3.3 Applications to Vary Existing Services
    • Event Description:  to amend route & timetable
    • Initial Published: DCT084.
    • Final Published: DCT089
    • VOSA: PH1020951/236
      • From 18 February 2018, and following our customer consultation, we are making revisions to our 2/2A timetable. 
      • Customer feedback strongly favoured reintroducing the link between Mount Batten, the city centre, railway station and Saltash. Therefore, the 2B will be combined back into the main timetable to provide a through service.
      • We are also introducing extra resource to help improve reliability, including an additional journey from Saltash during the morning rush hour.
      • Buses will run every 10 minutes between Saltash and Plymstock, and every 20 minutes to Elburton and Hooe / Mount Batten.

    Stagecoach Devon 2 2AStagecoach 2

    Stagecoach 2A Stagecoach Devon 34777 PX55EFG

    nowhere to go - Stagecoach 2B is no more so the branding will soon be coming off…

    PTI TC

    471    St Austell - Gorran Haven SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD PH1011427.077

    • Licence: PH1011427.077
    • Operator: SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
    • Address: ST. AUSTELL STREET, THE OLD COACH GARAGE, SUMMERCOURT, NEWQUAY, TR8 5DR, GB
    • Route Number: 471
    • Start Point: St Austell, South Street
    • Via: Megavissey, Mevagissey
    • End Point: Gorran Haven Car Park
    • Other Details: Timetable amended.
    • Received: 20-Dec-17
    • Effective: 19-Feb-18
    • Accepted: 02-Jan-18
    • End Date: 00-Jan-00
    • Event Type: Variation applications
    • N & P:  2628
    • N & P Section: 3.3 Applications to Vary Existing Services
    • Event Description:  amend timetable
    • Initial Published: DCT084
    • Final Published: DCT089
    • VOSA: PH1011427/77

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    471

    TRYSCORE ASSOCIATES LIMITED

    NIGHTBUS Exmouth - University of Exeter  TRYSCORE ASSOCIATES LTD PH2006944.001

    • Licence: PH2006964.001
    • Operator: TRYSCORE ASSOCIATES LIMITED
    • Address: CHURCH STREET, CHAPTER HOUSE, BARTON ST DAVID, TA11 6BU, GB
    • Route Number: NIGHTBUS
    • Start Point: University of Exeter
    • Via: Exeter, Clyst St Mary, Topsham
    • End Point: Exmouth
    • Other Details: Monday to Friday 7pm to 3am, University term times
    • Received: 23-Jan-18
    • Effective: 26-Feb-18
    • Accepted: 09-Feb-18
    • End Date: 00-Jan-00
    • Event Type: 0
    • N & P:  0
    • N & P Section: 0
    • Event Description:  Registration Accepted by SN
    • Initial Published: DCT089
    • Final Published: DCT090
    • VOSA: PH2006964/1

    06 February 2018

    Devon & Cornwall Transit 088

    Bus services across Devon & Cornwall that are due to change in the next week and new announcements for future changes received in the last week.

    Highlights this week: No changes are due to happen this coming week

    New VOSA notices received in the last week:

    • First Wessex X51
    • Stagecoach Torbay based 12, 22, 31, 32, 34, 122
    • Tally Ho Salcombe Park & Ride
    • Torbay Buses 62, 108, 109

    First Hampshire & Dorset Ltd

    X51    Axminster- Bridport :     FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD PH0006159.414

    • Licence: PH0006159.414
    • Operator: FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LIMITED
    • Address: EMPRESS ROAD, FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO14 0JW, GB
    • Route Number: X51 (X53)
    • Start Point: Bridport Coach Station
    • Via: Lyme Regis
    • End Point: Axminster Rail Station
    • Other Details: 0
    • Received: 26-Jan-18
    • Effective: 25-Mar-18
    • Accepted: 29-Jan-18
    • End Date: 00-Jan-00
    • Event Type: Variation applications
    • N & P:  2632
    • N & P Section: 3.3 Applications to Vary Existing Services
    • Event Description:  Variation Accepted
    • Initial Published: DCT088
    • Final Published: DCT094
    • VOSA: PH0006159/414

    PTI SCD

    12     Newton Abbot - Brixham  :    STAGECOACH DEVON LTD PH1020951.011

    • Licence: PH1020951.011
    • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
    • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
    • Route Number: 12 (12)
    • Start Point: Newton Abbot
    • Via: 0
    • End Point: Brixham
    • Other Details: To re-instate the Summer timetable
    • Received: 26-Jan-18
    • Effective: 25-Mar-18
    • Accepted: 30-Jan-18
    • End Date: 00-Jan-00
    • Event Type: Variation applications
    • N & P:  0
    • N & P Section: 0
    • Event Description:  Variation Accepted
    • Initial Published: DCT088
    • Final Published: DCT094
    • VOSA: PH1020951/11

    22    Dawlish - Torquay - S Devon College :    STAGECOACH DEVON LTD PH1020951.208

    • 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 timetable
    • Received: 26-Jan-18
    • Effective: 25-Mar-18
    • Accepted: 30-Jan-18
    • End Date: 00-Jan-00
    • Event Type: Variation applications
    • N & P:  0
    • N & P Section: 0
    • Event Description:  Variation Accepted
    • Initial Published: DCT088
    • Final Published: DCT094
    • VOSA: PH1020951/208

    31     Torquay - Barton :   STAGECOACH DEVON LTD PH1020951.006

    • Licence: PH1020951.006
    • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
    • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
    • Route Number: 31 (31)
    • Start Point: Torquay, Cary Parade
    • Via: 0
    • End Point: Barton Padacre Road
    • Other Details: To revise evening journeys
    • Received: 26-Jan-18
    • Effective: 25-Mar-18
    • Accepted: 30-Jan-18
    • End Date: 00-Jan-00
    • Event Type: Variation applications
    • N & P:  0
    • N & P Section: 0
    • Event Description:  Variation Accepted
    • Initial Published: DCT088
    • Final Published: DCT094
    • VOSA: PH1020951/6

    32     St Marychurch - Torbay Hospital  STAGECOACH DEVON LTD PH1020951.015

    • Licence: PH1020951.015
    • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
    • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
    • Route Number: 32 (32, 32C)
    • Start Point: The Willows
    • Via: 0
    • End Point: Torquay Strand
    • Other Details: To Revise Route and Timetable
    • Received: 26-Jan-18
    • Effective: 25-Mar-18
    • Accepted: 30-Jan-18
    • End Date: 00-Jan-00
    • Event Type: Variation applications
    • N & P:  0
    • N & P Section: 0
    • Event Description:  Variation Accepted
    • Initial Published: DCT088
    • Final Published: DCT094
    • VOSA: PH1020951/15

    34     Torquay - The Willows :      STAGECOACH DEVON LTD PH12020951.160

    • Licence: PH1020951.160
    • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
    • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
    • Route Number: 34 (34)
    • Start Point: Torquay
    • Via: 0
    • End Point: The Willows
    • Other Details: Revised timetable
    • Received: 26-Jan-18
    • Effective: 25-Mar-18
    • Accepted: 30-Jan-18
    • End Date: 00-Jan-00
    • Event Type: Variation applications
    • N & P:  0
    • N & P Section: 0
    • Event Description:  Variation Accepted
    • Initial Published: DCT088
    • Final Published: DCT094
    • VOSA: PH1020951/160

    122    Babbacombe - Paignton Zoo :   STAGECOACH DEVON LTD PH1020951.293

    • Licence: PH1020951.293
    • Operator: STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
    • Address: Matford Park Depot, Stagecoach South West, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD, GB
    • Route Number: 122 (122)
    • Start Point: Babbacombe
    • Via: 0
    • End Point: Paignton Zoo
    • Other Details: Daily Service from Saturday 24 March until 28 October inclusive and at similar periods each year
    • Received: 25-Jan-18
    • Effective: 24-Mar-18
    • Accepted: 30-Jan-18
    • End Date: 00-Jan-00
    • Event Type: Registered
    • N & P:  0
    • N & P Section: 0
    • Event Description:  Registration Accepted
    • Initial Published: DCT088
    • Final Published: DCT094
    • VOSA: PH1020951/293

    Tally Ho Coaches

    Salcombe Park & Ride :     TALLY HO COACHES LTD PH1081198.008

    • Licence: PH1081198.008
    • Operator: TALLY HO! COACHES LIMITED
    • Address: STATION YARD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, UNIT 7, KINGSBRIDGE, TQ7 1ES, GB
    • Route Number: Salcombe Park & Ride
    • Start Point: Salcombe Park & Ride Field
    • Via: Courtenay Street
    • End Point: Salcombe, Courtenay Street
    • Other Details: To amend dates for 2018 season.
    • Received: 26-Jan-18
    • Effective: 30-Mar-18
    • Accepted: 30-Jan-18
    • End Date: 00-Jan-00
    • Event Type: Variation applications
    • N & P:  0
    • N & P Section: 0
    • Event Description:  Variation Accepted
    • Initial Published: DCT088
    • Final Published: DCT095
    • VOSA: PH1081198/8

    PTI DJW

    62     Torquay - Chelston  :     DJ WATTS COACH TRAVEL LTD PH1117103.003

    • Licence: PH1117103.003
    • Operator: D J WATTS COACH TRAVEL LTD
    • Address: 35 PILLAR AVENUE, BRIXHAM, TQ5 8LF, GB
    • Route Number: 62
    • Start Point: Torquay Strand, Harbourside
    • Via: Cockington, Chelston
    • End Point: Torquay Strand, Harbourside
    • Other Details: Revised route and timetable
    • Received: 31-Jan-18
    • Effective: 03-Apr-18
    • Accepted: 01-Feb-18
    • End Date: 00-Jan-00
    • Event Type: Variation applications
    • N & P:  0
    • N & P Section: 0
    • Event Description:  Variation Accepted
    • Initial Published: DCT088
    • Final Published: DCT095
    • VOSA: PH1117103/3

    108    Paignton - Fox Hole :    DJ WATTS COACH TRAVEL LTD PH1117103.005

    • Licence: PH1117103.005
    • Operator: D J WATTS COACH TRAVEL LTD
    • Address: 35 PILLAR AVENUE, BRIXHAM, TQ5 8LF, GB
    • Route Number: 108
    • Start Point: Paignton Bus Station
    • Via: Colley End, Foxhole
    • End Point: Paignton Bus Station
    • Other Details: Revised timetable
    • Received: 31-Jan-18
    • Effective: 03-Apr-18
    • Accepted: 01-Feb-18
    • End Date: 00-Jan-00
    • Event Type: Variation applications
    • N & P:  0
    • N & P Section: 0
    • Event Description:  Variation Accepted
    • Initial Published: DCT088
    • Final Published: DCT095
    • VOSA: PH1117103/5

    109    Paignton - Fox Hole :     DJ WATTS COACH TRAVEL LTD PH1117103.006

    • Licence: PH1117103.006
    • Operator: D J WATTS COACH TRAVEL LTD
    • Address: 35 PILLAR AVENUE, BRIXHAM, TQ5 8LF, GB
    • Route Number: 109
    • Start Point: Paignton Bus Station
    • Via: Foxhole, Lutyens Drive
    • End Point: Paignton Bus Station
    • Other Details: Revised timetable
    • Received: 31-Jan-18
    • Effective: 03-Apr-18
    • Accepted: 01-Feb-18
    • End Date: 00-Jan-00
    • Event Type: Variation applications
    • N & P:  0
    • N & P Section: 0
    • Event Description:  Variation Accepted
    • Initial Published: DCT088
    • Final Published: DCT095
    • VOSA: PH1117103/6

    02 February 2018

    Live bus tracking for Citybus

    Plymouth Citybus have now released their new app which is available at your app store depending on what flavour phone you have.

    PCB App Plan Your Journey.jpg.773x435_q85_crop-smart

    The big new feature for this app is the real time tracking of your bus.

    app x1

    It was a bit temperamental on my phone, but that may just be my phone which is itself quite temperamental at the moment! After a few attempts to get logged in it finally gave me the map and tracking page that you see above. It took a while for my phone to agree that I was not on Royal Parade, but when it finally admitted I was at home it gave me the map and I could see a 51 was just coming out of Asda, and sure enough it was coming down my hill a few seconds later. This will be so useful on wet mornings as we have no shelter at my stop so I can hopefully leave it a bit later if I know the bus is not due on time. I have yet to try it for a trip so I will see how I get on this week. It might just get me to finally get round to changing my phone!

    You can of course buy the usual day rider tickets etc which you then scan on the bus. It would be nice if you could also buy single and day return tickets for your journey in advance too but I can understand if that's not going to happen.

    Full details and the link to download can be found at Plymouth Citybus

    So what do people think? is anyone using it yet?