The home of anything and everything to do with transport in and around Plymouth for more than thirteen years!
The face of public transport in Plymouth is about to undergo a big change over the coming months with the end of Target Travel in its present guise. The company will continue under a new licence but many of its bus services have already been lost to Stagecoach in particular. The Devon CC tenders continue for a while longer until new tenders take effect in December.
Meanwhile Plymouth Citybus sees a significant batch of secondhand buses arriving soon.
©did by graham

12 December 2018

Life before, during, and after Plymouth

Richard Anscombe came across this beastie at Malmesbury Garden Centre on the 16th November:

How to disguise ex London PVL 158 - X558 EGK - seen at Malmesbury garden centre as HXZ 9743 on Fri 16.11.18. It has been with Plymouth Citybus and Target Travel in between.
© Richard Anscombe (with permission)

You may recognise the registration - and the livery:

PSVC Trip TargetTravel

And of course before that it looked like this

Plymouth Citybus 424 X558EGK

I never did like this livery - but it did look good on these buses

And going back even further it started off life in London:

PVL158 X558EGK GoAhead 240510
© Eastleighbusman (cc) May 2010

10 December 2018

Target Travel Lives On

Mr Robert Risk would like to let everyone know that Dealtop (Plymouth) Limited t/a Target Travel has a New operator licence following the Public Inquiry at the OTC in Bristol. The Traffic Commissioner was happy with the new application and granted the New Licence.
Devon County Council Bus Services will remain with Target Travel.
As Robert said to the Plymouth Herald "The Company is still here and will be for the next 40 years. We’re working as normal and will be a leaner, meaner,Target Travel."

Mr Risk would like to take this opportunity to thank all his Loyal Staff and Supportive customers who remained with him through this procedure.

This was from Target Travel themselves on their Facebook page

Then we get this from VOSA

Public Inquiry (78047) held at Jubilee House (Bristol), BS5 0GB, Croydon Street, Bristol, on 20 November 2018 commenced at 14:00 (Previous Publication:(2670))




S14 - Consideration of new application under Section 14 (The Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981)

Licence application granted for 17 vehicles

The cancellations to services in December have all been withdrawn and I expect that they will be transferred to the new licence shortly.

Target Travel YJ55YHK

09 December 2018

Devon & Cornwall Transit 132

Bus services across Devon & Cornwall that are due to change in the next week ( 10- 16th December). As usual click on the licence number to go through to the main route page where you will find the full licence details and route history. (Sorry this was delayed from yesterday but Google Sites wasn't playing properly so I couldn't update the relevant pages) Its all very quiet at the moment thankfully

DJ Watts Coach Travel Ltd • PH1117103 • Torbay Buses

Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH1117103.015 60 Marldon, Occombe Farm Paignton, Hyde Road 10-Dec-2018 Monday to Friday Hourly

Traveline Timetable 60
Traveline Map 60

Following the announcement that the Torbay Community Development Trust (TCDT) was suspending the operation of the number 60 and 65 bus services from Saturday 8 December, we have been working hard with other operators to try and ensure that the bus services can be maintained.  

We are very pleased to announce that one of the two suspended routes will continue to operate without a break in service. DJ Watts Coach Travel Ltd T/A Torbay Minibuses has registered the 60 bus route, previously operated by the TDCT. The buses will carry the recognisable branding of Torbay Buses.  

Cllr Robert Excell, Executive Lead for Community Services, said: “I am delighted to hear about this news. To have one of our existing operators looking at additional routes and also bringing fresh ideas to the service is a good thing and I wish them well. This is a good day for bus users of this route.  

“The 60 is a vital route for the residents of Paignton and many would be left isolated without this service. Torbay Buses has worked hard over the past few weeks to put this route together and I have supported them every step of the way.”  

Darren Watts, Managing Director of DJ Watts Coach Travel Ltd T/A Torbay Mini Buses, said: “It is intended that there will be no break in service. The first day of operation for Torbay Buses on the 60 route will be from Monday 10 December.   

“In order to ensure viability, we have registered a Monday to Friday route between Paignton and Livermead/Occombe, on an hourly service between 9.30pm and 3pm, and hope to grow passenger numbers and make this a successful part of our business. We had the full support of Torbay Council and the TCDT to register this route and are very grateful for their continuing help and advice.”  

While the service will no longer visit Torquay, connection with existing bus services may be made via the Paignton bus station, allowing passengers greater flexibility to travel around the Bay.  Unfortunately, no companies have currently come forward with proposals to run the existing TCDT 65 route and council officers will continue to work with operators in an effort to fill any gaps left in the network.

Sorry for the lack of posting recently - Time has been in very short supply along with a computer thats struggling to keep up and is overdue replacement. More posts will start to appear over the coming week!

01 December 2018

Devon & Cornwall Transit 131

Bus services across Devon & Cornwall that are due to change in the next week ( 3-9 December). As usual click on the licence number to go through to the main route page where you will find the full licence details and route history.

Its all a bit quiet at the moment!

Stagecoach Devon Ltd • PH102951


Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH1020951.277 372 Bradworthy Barnstaple 03-Dec-2018 To divert the Monday journey to serve Affinity Outlet Devon (Atlantic Village)
No mention of this on Stagecoach web site but the new timetable is posted

Traveline Timetable 372
Stagecoach Timetable 372
Traveline Map 372


Summercourt Travel Ltd • Travel Cornwall • PH1101427

Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH1011427.046 456 WADEBRIDGE ST MINVER CP SCHOOL 07-Dec-2018 Cancellation