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30 September 2014

Another week on VOSA: 7-13th

The second week of September (7th - 13th) saw a few interesting items pop up

We start with Riverlink 100:

Applications to Vary Existing Service: VOSA 10 SEP 2014


Variation Accepted: Operating between Totnes and Paignton Bus Station/ Torquay Strand given service number 100 effective from 03-Nov-2014. To amend Stopping Places and Timetable.

This is just a seasonal change to the timetable. The new times can be found on the Riverlink 100 page as above

We then get a couple of related notices from Western Greyhound and Plymouth Citybus:

Cancellations of Existing Services VOSA 10 SEP 2014:


Cancellation Accepted by SN:
Operating between CALLINGTON ( NEW ROAD) and TAVISTOCK ( BUS STATION ) given service number 574 effective from 22-Sep-2014.

Applications to Vary Existing Service: VOSA 10 SEP 2014


Variation Accepted by SN: Operating between LISKEARD and CALLINGTON
given service number 574/575 effective from 22-Sep-2014.
To amend Timetable.

21 September 2014

Following consultation with Cornwall Council a revised timetable will be introduced from Monday 22nd September 2014 running between Liskeard and Callington. The section between Callington and Tavistock being run by Plymouth CityBus as the 79/79A. The new timetable for the 79/79A is available from the Plymouth CityBus website.


Registration of New Service: VOSA 11 SEP 2014


Registration Accepted by SN
Starting Point: Callington, New Road Finish Point: Tavistock Bus Station Via: Calstock, Gunnislake
Service Number: 79 Service Type: Normal Stopping/Hail & Ride
Effective Date: 22-SEP-2014
Other Details: Monday to Saturday.

22 September 2014

We are pleased to announced that from 22nd September 2014 we will be operating the 79/A between Tavistock and Callington. Cornwall Council has confirmed that from Monday 22 September, the bus service between Callington and Tavistock will transfer from Western Greyhound Ltd to Plymouth Citybus Ltd. The Council is grateful to Western Greyhound for cooperating and ensuring a smooth transition to the new service. The new service has been revised slightly to give better efficiency. Provision will be restored to housing estates on the north of Callington and journey time between the two mains towns of Callington and Tavistock has also been reduced.

Journeys through Harrowbarrow and Metherall will return to the pre June 2014 frequency level of two-hourly. The Cothele area will be served by a dial-a-ride service provided by Darren’s Taxis of Callington.

Peter Oliver, Commercial Manager of Plymouth Citybus Ltd, said “Plymouth Citybus is delighted to be once again operating the service between Callington and Tavistock under the service number 79/A.

The new timetable maintains a number of important links within Callington and an hourly service between Callington and Tavistock with journeys now able to accommodate a number of the school movements between the two towns".

There will be two new tickets introduced specifically for the 79/79A route between Tavistock and Callington.

These will be a 7 day ticket that will be available from the driver and via the plymouthbus mobile app at £16 adult and £13 child (under 19), plus a 31 day ticket available from plymouthbus mobile only at £59 adult and £44.25 child.

In addition to this the Plymouth Citybus Tavi tickets will also be extended to include the 79/79A, meaning that passengers can extend their travel onto services 11 and 42, plus all zone 1 and 2 Citybus services for a small extra charge. .


Standing in

[cc] Nick Rice April 2014

Hopefully these routes will now settle down a bit as its all been a bit turbulent for passengers since the sad demise of DAC!

The last VOSA notice for the week comes from First Service 76 :

Applications to Vary Existing Service: VOSA 11 SEP 2014


Variation Accepted: Operating between PLYMOUTH Bretonside Bus Station and LAUNCESTON Westgate Street given service number 76
effective from 10-Oct-2014.
To amend Route and Timetable.

As for previously announced timetable changes, Sunday 7th saw quiote a few changes for First Plymouth including the end of service 4 into Keyham, leaving the area to Plymouth Citybus. The other timetable change was Jacketts 52 service which unusually introduced its (slightly) reduced service from Tuesday 9th ...

Jacketts 52

From Tuesday 9th September 2014 there will be changes made to some of the evening journeys on service 52 The 16:15 journey will now leave Derriford Hospital at 16:25 and will run 10 minutes later throughout. The 17:15 and the 17:45 will be replaced with a single journey at 17:40. Buses will also now serve ASDA at all times of the day These changes are to ensure the long term viability of this route. TIMETABLE PDF

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29 September 2014

A week on VOSA

It seems that the VOSA website is now working properly again so I have been able to go back through September to see what is happening. Lets start off with the first week of September on VOSA :

We start with a batch of applications to change the timetable of Stagecoach X9 Bude to Exeter service:

Applications to Vary Existing Service: VOSA 01 Sep 2014

PH1020951/183 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A Stagecoach South West, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB Variation Accepted: Operating between Holsworthy and Bude given service number X9 effective from 27-Oct-2014. To amend Timetable.

Applications to Vary Existing Service: VOSA 01 Sep 2014

PH1020951/184 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A Stagecoach South West, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB Variation Accepted: Operating between Okehampton and Holsworthy given service number X9 effective from 27-Oct-2014. To amend Timetable.

Applications to Vary Existing Service: VOSA 01 Sep 2014

PH1020951/185 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A Stagecoach South West, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB Variation Accepted: Operating between Exeter and Okehampton given service number X9 effective from 27-Oct-2014. To amend Timetable

The X9

X9 by Nick Rice (cc) January 2013

We then get a new school service: CountryBus 913

Registration of New Services VOSA: 02 SEP 2014


Starting Point: Totnes Finish Point: South Dartmoor Academy Via: South Brent
Service Number: 913 Service Type: Normal Stopping Effective Date: 02-SEP-2014
Other Details: Monday to Friday schooldays only.

And then on the same day we get a less than helpful notice for First Devon PR1: PH0004983/278 - FIRST DEVON & CORNWALL LTD, THE RIDE, CHELSON MEADOW, PLYMOUTH, PL9 7JT Variation Accepted:

err, that's it!

The first week of September (31st August - 6th September) also saw quite a few timetable changes with Plymouth Citybus Blue Flash 42 among the mix from the 31st August. Monday 1st September saw major changes across the First Kernow network and also Stagecoach Devon had a few changes from this date too. Coming up shortly we will have a look at the second week of September on VOSA

Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on the sister Plymothian Bus Services site where I try to keep tabs on all the routes in the area. Part of this project has been to define what the Plymothian Transit 'area' actually is. Its not an exact definition by any means, but I tend to draw a circle around Plymouth roughly linking Liskeard, Launceston, Okehampton, Newton Abbot, Totnes, and Dartmouth. Any bus services within this circle, or extending outwards from these points is included. This is the area I now cover on Plymothian Transit and on the PT Bus Services web site. I am currently looking back at the first half of 2003 and adding all the VOSA notices to the site which should build up into a full detailed history of all our bus services. Clearly this is a major project which will take a long time to finish!

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26 September 2014

Kingsbridge Album: Double Deckers

The second set of photos from Saturday with a selection of double deckers taken by Richard Smith:
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25 September 2014

Kingsbridge Album Part 1

As promised we have the first set of photos taken by Richard Smith at Kingsbridge on Saturday starting with a selection of single deckers...
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