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23 June 2017

GWR New Trains

More new trains, this time they will be working down here…

Passengers to benefit from new trains, providing more seats, more services and reduced journey times

Great Western Railway’s first Intercity Express Train has made its maiden voyage to Cornwall this morning, as part of a very special test journey from London Paddington to Penzance.© GWR Press Release Part of an expo event with Cornwall Council to showcase improved rail services for the South West, the Intercity Express Train (IET) (800 003 and 800 004) left London Paddington at 0533 and arrived at Penzance Station at 1101.

Transport minister Paul Maynard said:

“We are upgrading our railways to deliver the biggest modernisation programme for over a century and the improvements that passengers have asked for.

“These new trains will offer greater capacity, reduced journey times and more reliable services from London to Penzance.”

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Transport, welcomed the investment from GWR and said:

“The new fleet forms part of a £400m package of rail investment that we are working with GWR and Network Rail to deliver, which will transform rail services on our mainline network and, in doing so, provide a key element of the Council’s proposals for a One Public Transport System in Cornwall.”

From 2017 this new fleet of Intercity Express Trains will connect London Paddington to Bristol and South Wales and from 2018 they will connect London Paddington to Exeter, Plymouth, Penzance and many more communities.

GWR Commercial Development Director Matthew Golton said:

"We know how important the railway is to the economies and communities of the South West, and today's event marks another milestone in delivering the improvements we know our passengers wish to see.

“These trains will help us deliver faster, more frequent services into the South West, providing up to a fifth more seats per train.”

The new rolling stock replaces 40-year-old trains currently serving this key intercity route This will mean additional seats into and out of the West of England, and will help speed up typical journey times from London by 5 minutes (to Exeter), 6 minutes (Plymouth) and 14 minutes (Penzance).

Sandra Rothwell, Chief Executive of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

“Good connectivity is vital to business and the growth of our economy which is why we have made rail investment one of our top priorities. These fantastic new GWR trains, coupled with ongoing investment from the LEP and its partners in signalling, station upgrades and WiFi, will transform main line rail services in Cornwall with increased frequency, more comfort and faster journey times.”

The 93 train fleet is fitted with bi-mode technology, allowing trains to use both diesel and electric power, and passengers to enjoy the benefits of new trains as soon as possible. Prior to entering service next Summer, the train will now be made ready to begin testing on the network.

The new fleet harnesses Hitachi’s pioneering Japanese bullet train technology, known for its quality and reliability. Passengers can expect more seats, better on-board facilities and shorter journey times.

Mark Langman, Route Managing Director of Network Rail, said:

“Improving the signalling, upgrading stations and preparing the railway for the Intercity Express Trains marks a real milestone in the modernisation of the railway in the South West, as we continue to deliver our Railway Upgrade Plan.

“Passengers, communities and the local economy will feel real benefits with extra services, more seats, greater comfort and a more reliable railway in Devon and Cornwall.”

Ahead of the fleet of trains arriving in the South West, Network Rail has invested £47million to prepare the railway for the new Intercity Express Trains.

The modernisation includes a £25million signalling upgrade as part of the Cornwall Capacity Enabling Scheme, which has been part funded by Cornwall Council to the tune of £15m. This scheme includes 21 additional signals added to the line and seven level crossing upgrades.

The extra signalling will allow for more trains to be on the track, and will be controlled locally from the existing signal boxes at Plymouth, Lostwithiel and Roskear.

A further £12m has been invested for de-vegetation in Devon and Cornwall and another £10m for gauge clearance as well as Totnes and Devonport platform extensions.

Passengers will also benefit from new on-board technology, including real-time journey updates and seat reservation screens.

The Intercity Express Train is designed to withstand the region’s variable weather conditions, including routes along the Dawlish coast.

As well as the first visit from an IET, those in attendance will also be able to look at a new and improved Night Riviera sleeper berth. The Night Riviera service is being modernised and will include a new seated carriage, a cocktail bar and refreshed berths with hotel style keyless door entry, USB charging ports and a host of other improvements. See a video of the new sleeper here.

From this autumn, the first wave of Intercity Express Trains will run on the historic Great Western main line, connecting London to key UK cities including Reading, Bath, Bristol and Cardiff. Production of these trains is already underway at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

From next Summer a second wave of new trains will begin running as far south as Penzance along coastal routes in Devon and Cornwall. The first of these trains arrived in the UK on Saturday 17 June. This £500 million fleet is financed by Eversholt Rail and will be leased to Great Western Railway.

The entire fleet of 93 trains (58 five-car, 35 nine-car) will be in passenger service by the end of 2019.

22 June 2017

South West Trains


An order for 90 new trains has been signed by the new operators of one of the country's busiest rail franchises. FirstGroup and MTR said the 750 new carriages, in five- and 10-car formations, on the South Western network will provide a 46% increase in peak capacity on suburban routes into London Waterloo. The £895 million fleet of Aventra trains will be manufactured by Bombardier Transportation in Derby, offering free Wi-Fi, at-seat charging points, information screens, air conditioning, wide gangways and wide doors

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THE fleet of trains to be built by Bombardier for the new South Western franchise is being unveiled in Derby. The order for 750 Aventra vehicles is worth £895 million, and Bombardier said it is the largest single order yet for its new Aventra type, which is replacing the Electrostars as Bombardier’s aluminium-bodied commuter EMU

The latest order has an element of controversy, because the original proposal had been to use new Siemens-built Desiro City Class 707s for South Western, alongside its existing fleets of Desiros. The 707s are said to be more expensive than the Aventras, and FirstGroup and MTR’s decision to change the fleet policy has meant that 150 Class 707 vehicles, which are due in service this year and next, will have no obvious operator after 2019, when the initial lease ends.

The Aventra trains, which will be supplied in both five- and ten-car configurations, will operate on the Reading, Windsor and West London suburban routes.

Steve Montgomery, managing director of First Rail, said: “We have exciting plans for the South Western rail franchise and these new trains are an important step on the way to delivering an improved journey experience for our passengers.


The South Western Franchise transers to First Group / MTR from the 27th August 2017. The new franchise will run for 7 years from 20 August 2017 to 18 August 2024, with an extension of 11 railway periods callable DoT discretion.

First MTR South Western Trains Limited will oversee a £1.2 billion investment programme to improve services for passengers on all parts of the network from London to the South West. There will be 22,000 extra seats into London Waterloo each morning peak and 30,000 extra seats out of Waterloo each evening peak, and a fleet of 90 new trains will provide more space for passengers on Reading, Windsor and London routes.

Of course although this is good news for many passengers we are not seeing the new trains in this region (SWT run into Exeter). Later this week though we see some new trains that ARE heading our way

20 June 2017

Cornwall Transit 065

Things are ticking over nicely with a few from National Express, Plymouth Citybus and Travel Cornwall…

Devon & Cornwall Transit Index

 

A2B Newquay Travel Ltd PH1088109

A2B 430 PH1088109.003 Boardmasters Festival

  • Licence: PH1088109.003
  • Operator: A2B NEWQUAY TRAVEL LTD
  • Address: QUINTRELL DOWNS, BEJOWAN FARM, NEWQUAY, TR8 4PA, GB
  • Route Number: 430
  • Start Point: Newquay, Manor Road Bus Station
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: Broadmasters Festival Site
  • Other Details: Cancellation
  • Received: 10-Apr-17
  • Effective: 01-Jul-17
  • Accepted: 11-Apr-17
  • Event: Cancellation Accepted
  • Event Type: 0
  • N & P: 2591
  • e: Cancellations of Existing Services (3.5)
  • Initial Published: CT061c
  • Final Published: CT065
  • Possibly just closing down old registration

 

Nicholas Colin Eastwood PH1086607.015 t/a Royal Buses

Royal Buses 44 PH1086607.05

  • 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: 19-May-17
  • Effective: 15-Jul-17
  • Accepted: 07-Jun-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2599
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: CT065
  • Final Published: CT066

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National Express Ltd PD0000738

National Express 330 Penzance - Nottingham

  • Licence: PD0000738.166
  • Operator: NATIONAL EXPRESS LTD
  • Address: DIGBETH, BIRMINGHAM COACH STATION, BIRMINGHAM, B5 6DD, GB
  • Route Number: 330
  • Start Point: Nottingham
  • Via: Newquay,Plymouth,Birmingham
  • End Point: Penzance
  • Other Details: Vary route, stopping places and timetable.
  • Received: 13-Jun-17
  • Effective: 10-Jul-17
  • Accepted: 14-Jun-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 0
  • 0
  • Initial Published: CT065
  • Final Published: CT066

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National Express 502 PD0000738.223 Bude - London Victoria

  • Licence: PD0000738.223
  • Operator: NATIONAL EXPRESS LTD
  • Address: DIGBETH, BIRMINGHAM COACH STATION, BIRMINGHAM, B5 6DD, GB
  • Route Number: 502
  • Start Point: BUDE
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: LONDON VICTORIA
  • Other Details: Vary timetable, route and stopping places
  • Received: 30-May-17
  • Effective: 31-Jul-17
  • Accepted: 06-Jun-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2599
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: CT065
  • Final Published: CT068

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Plymouth Citybus Ltd PH0000135

Plymouth Citybus 12 PH0000135.162 Plymouth - Launceston

  • Licence: PH0000135.162
  • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
  • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
  • Route Number: 12
  • Start Point: Plymouth, Royal Parade
  • Via: Callington, St Mellion
  • End Point: Launceston, Westgate Street
  • Other Details: To vary timetable
  • Received: 02-Jun-17
  • Effective: 30-Jul-17
  • Accepted: 07-Jun-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2599
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: CT065
  • Final Published: CT067

Route-12

Plymouth Citybus 88 PH0000135.160 Tavistock - Callington

  • Licence: PH0000135.160
  • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
  • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
  • Route Number: 79 (79A,  88)
  • Start Point: Callington, New Road
  • Via: Calstock, Gunnislake
  • End Point: Tavistock Bus Station
  • Other Details: Revised timetable
  • Received: 30-May-17
  • Effective: 05-Jun-17
  • Accepted: 05-Jun-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2599
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: CT065
  • Final Published: CT065
  • Taken on from Jacketts Coaches

PT Timetable

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Summercourt Travel Ltd PH1011427

Travel Cornwall 430 PH1011427.062 Boardmasters Festival Shuttle

  • Licence: PH1011427.062
  • Operator: SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
  • Address: ST. AUSTELL STREET, THE OLD COACH GARAGE, SUMMERCOURT, NEWQUAY, TR8 5DR, GB
  • Route Number: 430
  • Start Point: Newquay, Manor Road
  • Via: 0
  • End Point: Boardmasters Festival Site
  • Other Details: 0
  • Received: 27-Apr-17
  • Effective: 23-Jun-17
  • Accepted: 27-Apr-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event: Cancellation Accepted
  • Event Type: Cancelled applications
  • N & P: 2593
  • e: Cancellations of Existing Services (3.5)
  • Initial Published: CT062
  • Final Published: CT065

Travel Cornwall 454 PH1011427.019 Bodmin Local service

  • Licence: PH1011427.019
  • Operator: SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD
  • Address: ST. AUSTELL STREET, THE OLD COACH GARAGE, SUMMERCOURT, NEWQUAY, TR8 5DR, GB
  • Route Number: 454
  • Start Point: Bodmin, Barn Lane/Rock Lane
  • Via: Five Ways
  • End Point: Bodmin, Barn Lane/ Rock Lane
  • Other Details: Timetable amended
  • Received: 24-Apr-17
  • Effective: 19-Jun-17
  • Accepted: 26-Apr-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P: 2593
  • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Initial Published: CT062c
  • Final Published: CT065c
  • Nothing found anywhere. No timetable change mentioned on Traveline or the companies own web site. Current timetable shown below

route-454

2017 06 05 SUMMERCOURT TRAVEL LTD ROUTE-454MAP

16 June 2017

Derriford Estover Delays

If you are catching the 50 / 51 any evening over the next couple of weeks you may be in for a few delays as a large road resurfacing program deals with almost the entire length of  Miller Way (Asda to Derriford)

Please be advised that circumstances and weather permitting, SWH will be undertaking essential highway maintenance works on behalf of Plymouth City Council for 17 nights, between 19 June and 12 July 2017.

The works will involve essential Surface Patching works in the highway.  In order to carry out these works, a road closure and diversion will be in place as per the attached maps.  The closures will be in place as follows:

Section 1:                            19 – 21 June : Novorossiysk Road to Asda Roundabout.  This will be the only section where works are undertaken using Temporary Traffic Lights and will not be closed.

Pic1 Section 2:                            22 – 28 June: Keswick Crescent to Cann Bridge Meadow.

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Section 3 & 4:                    28 – 30 June :  Wentwood Gardens to Dockray Close.pic3Section 5:                            3 – 7 July : Combley Drive to St Marks Road

pic4Section 6 :                           10 - 11 July : Derriford Road

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Works will generally be undertaken between the hours of 19:00 and 07:00, although these times may vary.  The noisiest of our operations should be completed by approximately 23:00hrs, however the resurfacing works will continue after this time.  Flashing lights and reversing alarms will also continue to be used throughout the night as these are a Health and Safety requirement, and we apologise in advance for the inconvenience that this will cause.

There will clearly have to be a few diversions for the 50/51 over this period, so delays will be inevitable. Having said all that though, the state of the road in places along this section is really bad at the moment so any improvement will be welcome!