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17 January 2018

Tavistock Vintage Bus Running Day

A date for your diaries…

 

The Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust have an event which, if its anything like everything else they do will be a class event and well worth the trip

We're very excited about our Mini Running Day in Tavistock, where a specially invited selection of buses will recreate the West Devon scene from 50 years ago. Join us for the time warp.

 

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The Trust organises regular vintage bus running days, where you are able to enjoy free rides and sample a wide range of vehicles in their former habitats.

At our running days, you observe first-hand how the vehicles performed in service and build your own sense of how bus and coach travel has developed through the generations.
Our events have gained a nationwide reputation for authenticity and adventure, recreating the full experience of road transport in bygone days. They have become established, popular attractions for local communities and enthusiasts alike.

Details for other events they are holding this year can be found here

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16 January 2018

Devon & Cornwall Transit 085

 

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 timetables coming up this week:

  • First Wessex cancel their X52 WITH REVISIONS TO THE X51/53
  • Plymouth Citybus new route for the 25 and a few small changes on the 70 A/B in the morning
  • Axe Valley register a new 52 providing one run between Sidmouth and Exeter.

First Hampshire & Dorset Ltd

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

  • Licence: PH0006159.414
  • Operator: FIRST HAMPSHIRE AND 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: To introduce a school holiday variation on the Monday to Friday 1459 journey from Bridport to Axminster
  • Received: 24-Nov-17
  • Effective: 21-Jan-18
  • Accepted: 28-Nov-17
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P:  2624
  • N & P Section: 3.3 Applications to Vary Existing Services
  • Event Description:  Variation Accepted
  • Initial Published: DCT079.
  • Final Published: DCT085
  • VOSA: PH0006159/414

X52     Lyme Regis - Seaton  FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD PH0006159.417

  • Licence: PH0006159.417
  • Operator: FIRST HAMPSHIRE AND DORSET LIMITED
  • Address: EMPRESS ROAD, FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO14 0JW, GB
  • Route Number: X52
  • Start Point: Lyme Regis
  • Via: Lyme Regis, Colyford
  • End Point: Seaton Sea Front
  • Received: 24-Nov-17
  • Effective: 21-Jan-18
  • Accepted: 27-Nov-17
  • Event Type: Cancelled applications
  • N & P:  2623
  • N & P Section: Cancellations of Existing Services (3.5)
  • Event Description:  Cancellation Accepted
  • Initial Published: DCT079.
  • Final Published: DCT085

X52     Seaton - Exeter  FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD PH0006159.418

  • Licence: PH0006159.418
  • Operator: FIRST HAMPSHIRE AND DORSET LIMITED
  • Address: EMPRESS ROAD, FIRST HAMPSHIRE & DORSET LTD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO14 0JW, GB
  • Route Number: X52
  • Start Point: Seaton Sea Front
  • Via: Beer, Sidford, Newton
  • End Point: Exeter Bus Station
  • Other Details: 0
  • Received: 24-Nov-17
  • Effective: 21-Jan-18
  • Accepted: 27-Nov-17
  • Event Type: Cancelled applications
  • N & P:  2623
  • N & P Section: Cancellations of Existing Services (3.5)
  • Event Description:  Cancellation Accepted
  • Initial Published: DCT079
  • Final Published: DCT085
  • Regrettably, we can no longer operate routes 5 and X52 due to the challenging financial strains our business is currently facing. Like most operators in the UK, financial support from local authorities is very limited and both routes were operated on a commercial basis. Unfortunately, the levels of patronage have been well below what is required to ensure it’s sustainable.

Timetable Header: X53

First Wessex X51

PTI PCB

25    Royal Parade - Barbican The Hoe  PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD PH0000135.086

  • Licence: PH0000135.086
  • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
  • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
  • Route Number: 25
  • Start Point: Plymouth, Royal Parade
  • Via: Barbican, West Hoe
  • End Point: Plymouth, Royal Parade
  • Other Details: Revised route due to road closure at Bretonside
  • Received: 16-Nov-17
  • Effective: 21-Jan-18
  • Accepted: 22-Nov-17
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P:  2622
  • N & P Section: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
  • Event Description:  Variation Accepted
  • Initial Published: DCT078.
  • Final Published: DCT085
  • Nothing released by Citybus yet but the timetable and map below are on Traveline. Straightforward route diversion due to the road closure at Bretonside

Timetable Header:25

25

 

70     Plymouth - Torpoint - Cremyll PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD PH0000135.150

  • Licence: PH0000135.150
  • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
  • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
  • Route Number: 70 (70A, 70B)
  • Start Point: Plymouth (Royal Parade)
  • Via: City College, Torpoint Ferry, Cawsand, Millbrook
  • End Point: Cremyll
  • "Other Details: To introduce an additional morning journey on the 70A to improve reliability through Stoke.
  • The 0750 journey from Cremyll will now operate via Paradise Road again to improve reliability."
  • Received: 02-Jan-18
  • Effective: 21-Jan-18
  • Accepted: 03-Jan-18
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P:  0
  • N & P Section: 0
  • Event Description:  Variation Accepted by SN
  • Initial Published: DCT084
  • Final Published: DCT085
  • As above, nothing released by Citybus so far, but the detail is in the licence change as above.

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Plymouth Citybus 70A

PTI SEARLE

52     Sidmouth - Exeter   FRANCES SEARLE PH0004666.004      22 JAN 2018 ►

  • Licence: PH0004666.004
  • Operator: FRANCES MAY SEARLE
  • Address: 26 HARBOUR ROAD, BUS DEPOT, SEATON, EX12 2NA, GB
  • Route Number: 52
  • Start Point: Seaton, Marine Place
  • Via: Sidford, Newton Poppleford
  • End Point: Exeter Bus Station
  • "Other Details: Monday to Friday
  • One return journey per day"
  • Received: 21-Dec-17
  • Effective: 22-Jan-18
  • Accepted: 02-Jan-18
  • End Date: 00-Jan-00
  • Event Type: Registered
  • N & P:  2628
  • N & P Section: 3.2 Registration of New Services Granted Under Short Notice
  • Event Description:  Registration Accepted by SN
  • Initial Published: DCT084
  • Final Published: DCT085
  • First are withdrawing their commercial X52 service from Lyme Regis to Exeter via Seaton and Beer after Saturday 20th January. From Monday 22nd January Devon County Council is financially supporting a Monday – Friday service between Seaton and Exeter via Beer, which will be operated by Axe Valley and numbered 52. 
  • Nothing yet on Traveline but Devon CC timetable is available

Axe Valley 52


Operators

  • PH2009587
  • MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR NEWQUAY LTD
  • Director(s): Ms Sandra Southerden, Edward O'Dell
  • 95 MOUNT WISE, NEWQUAY, TR7 2BT
  • Operating Centre: WOODGROVE LODGE, GANNEL ROAD, NEWQUAY, TR7 2AG
  • Authorisation: 2 vehicle(s)
  • Operating Centre: Allandale Farm, Downhill, ST. EVAL, WADEBRIDGE, PL27 7UN
  • Authorisation: 2 vehicle(s)
  • Transport Manager(s): Jonathan Keam
  • Section 2.1 – New Applications Received

 

  • PH1128051
  • DANIEL RICHARD TWEEDIE
  • 9 BULLER ROAD, TORPOINT, PL11 2LD
  • Removed operating centre: EAST BOAT SHED, FOSS QUAY, MILL ROAD, MILLBROOK, TORPOINT, PL10 1EN
  • New operating centre: The Old Parade Ground, Fisgard Way, Trevol Business Park, TORPOINT, TORPOINT, PL11 2TB
  • New authorisation at this operating centre will be: 5 vehicle(s)
  • Section 2.4 – Variation Applications Granted

 

  • PH1145484 SI
  • TAMAR COACHES LTD
  • Director(s): THOMAS PEARCE
  • 26 BARLOW GARDENS, PLYMOUTH, PL2 2SJ
  • Removed operating centre: PCTPG COLEBROOK YARD, COLEBROOK COMPLEX, NEWNHAM ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL7 4AN
  • New operating centre: PCTPG OUTLAND ROAD DEPOT, 90-92 OUTLAND ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL2 3DE
  • New authorisation at this operating centre will be: 3 vehicle(s)
  • Section 2.4 – Variation Applications Granted

 

  • PH1108665 SN
  • S J PEARCE TRANSPORT LTD
  • Director(s): STEPHEN JOHN PEARCE
  • 71 COTEHELE AVENUE, PRINCE ROCK, PLYMOUTH, PL4 9NQ
  • New operating centre: LEE MOOR WORKSHOPS, LEE MOOR, PLYMOUTH, PL7 5JA
  • New authorisation at this operating centre will be: 10 vehicle(s)
  • Removed operating centre: YEALMBRIDGE MILL, YEALMBRIDGE, YEALMPTON, PLYMOUTH, PL8 2EQ
  • Section 2.4 – Variation Applications Granted

15 January 2018

Cycle path extends just a little bit…

Continuing on from recent post…

Work on the next section of a walking and cycling link connecting Laira Rail Bridge and Plymstock will get under way on Monday 15 January.

The popular route will be extended further east along the railway alignment into Broxton Drive, at the entrance to the Saltram Meadow estate.

Part of the new path will run via Rock Gardens to avoid disturbing an area of environmentally sensitive habitat and a small section will be built on raised decking to protect the rare ‘Horrid Ground Weaver’ spider, found during extensive ecological surveys.

Rock Gardens itself has also recently benefited from resurfacing and street lighting under separate plans. laira path

The walking and cycling link is being fully funded through the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Transport Board and Section 106 contributions and is expected to open in March.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning said: “This new link will mean that pedestrians, cyclists, joggers and those using mobility scooters and wheelchairs will be able to enjoy a virtually level, traffic-free journey from the Saltram Meadow development to Laira Rail Bridge and beyond. It will connect with the improvements being made between Laira Rail Bridge and the Barbican, which will also be completed in the spring.”

The plans were approved in December and can be viewed on our planning pages – the reference is 17/01978/FUL.

Future plans will see the route continue further east and connect into a proposed pedestrian and cycle bridge crossing over Billacombe Road, expected to be built this year.

Its nice to see this old line slowly being made useful again, even if it is taking ages. Better slow than never I guess!

12 January 2018

Barbican to Laira Bridge improvements

 

Work to improve walking and cycling links between the Barbican and Laira Rail Bridge will get under way on Monday 8 January.

The route, which forms part of the South West Coast Path and National Cycle Network route 27, will benefit from improved road crossings, new and improved footways and off-road cycle paths, on-road cycle lanes, cycle parking, better signage and new lighting.

Benches will be provided on Breakwater Hill so that people can stop to enjoy the spectacular views and vegetation will be cut back.

Construction will start around Clovelly Road and Teats Hill Road, with temporary traffic lights in operation until mid-February.

Improvements to the off-road walking and cycling route on Finnigan Road will follow, lasting for around six weeks (during which time sections of the footway and cycleway will be closed).

The southern end of Faraday Road will need to be closed for one night – yellow signs will be put out in advance to let people know when this is due to take place. Work is expected to finish by April.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “These proposals were very well received during consultation and l look forward to seeing the improvements delivered in plenty of time for the summer. They will make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle between our beautiful waterfront and the east of the city.”

Repairs to the Sutton Harbour footbridge are currently being scoped out but it is hoped these works will be completed in the summer.

The Barbican to Laira Rail Bridge improvements will be fully funded through the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Transport Board and Section 106 developer contributions.

Further enhancements are planned between Cattedown Road and Finnigan Road, with consultation expected to take place in Summer 2018.

The scheme includes:

  • Improved road crossings, new and improved footways and off-road cycle paths, on road cycle lanes, cycle parking, better signage and new lighting.
  • Improvements will be made on a number of roads including Teats Hill Road, Clovelly Road, Finnigan Road and Faraday Road, as well as Breakwater Hill, where benches will be installed so that people can stop and rest while enjoying spectacular views over Plymouth Sound.  Bollards will also be installed on Breakwater Hill to ensure that no unauthorised vehicles can be driven onto the path but allow access for people using mobility scooters.
  • A minor extension of the 20mph speed limit to include an additional length of Teats Hill Road, as well as Commercial Ope.

he expected construction programme is as follows:

•           Commercial Road/Teats Hill Road junction – traffic lights from 8 January to mid February and footway closure.

•           Finnigan Road – footpath closure from mid February to end of March.

•           Faraday Road junction – night closure 22 March.

•           National Marine Aquarium – only pedestrian barriers around working areas. Access for public maintained at all times. Mid to end of March.

•           Breakwater Hill (and other areas) – reduced width footpaths for street lighting works.  Dates to be confirmed; works will be completed before the end of March.

Updates to construction dates will be published on this webpage.  Our contractor, South West Highways will liaise with residents to minimise disruption.

In order to undertake these works safely, three-way traffic lights will be in operation, and lanes will be narrowed.  Please note that delays are possible whilst these works are in progress.

Part of the scheme is to undertake resurfacing works at the junction of Victoria Wharf and also the entrance to Mitchell and Webber on Clovelly Road.  We anticipate that this work will be undertaken at night to ease any disruption to the businesses in both locations whilst keeping noise to a minimum. In addition, the parking area outside Marine House will also be affected whilst some of the works are in progress. We will notify residents and businesses that will be affected as soon as dates and times of these works are confirmed.

We will endeavour to maintain access to your property or business at all times and keep any inconvenience to a minimum, although some interruption and reduced access may be unavoidable and for this we apologise in advance.  Please speak with our operatives, if you have concerns about access.

In partnership with Sutton Harbour Holdings and the Environment Agency, work to repair the lock bridge will continue in the hope that it can be reopened in the summer.

 

More detailed drawings on each section can be found here on the Plymouth City Council web site

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The route of the path is shown in red

I am not a cyclist but love this section as a good walk. It would be nice if they could add a few pointers along the way to illustrate just how this industrial area of Plymouth has changed so much over the years.

See also previous posts on Plymothian Transit: