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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

19 November 2018

Plymouth Citybus Upcoming Changes

There are a few service changes coming up in the next couple of months, some of which have not been reported here, so just a quick recap of all the outstanding service updates on VOSA…

Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH0000135.012   8 9 City Centre City Centre 02-Dec-2018 Revise timetable on Bank Holidays
PH0000135.146  27 City Centre Crownhill 02-Dec-2018 Monday to Saturday interpeak services retimed
PH0000135.007  40 41 CITY CENTRE CITY CENTRE 02-Dec-2018 Later buses in Taunton Avenue on Sundays. Revised timetable for Bank Holidays
PH0000135.013  43 City Centre City Centre 02-Dec-2018 Revise running times. Increase frequency on Bank Holidays
PH0000135.010  44 44A City Centre City Centre 02-Dec-2018 Route & terminal point variation until redevelopment work completed. Timetable 044MF18B2 runs while redevelopment work current and 044MF18B1 runs thereafter. Saturday timetable is not affected by redevelopment.
PH0000135.010  44 44A City Centre City Centre 02-Dec-2018 Withdraw 44B. Revise 44A to serve Holly Park, Ringmore Way, St Budeaux & dockyard
PH0000135.076  50 51 Derriford Derriford 02-Dec-2018 Sundays & Bank Holidays to withdraw from Transit Way between approx. 10:00 & 16:00 hrs. Monday to Friday to revise timetable in afternoon to increase recovery time
PH0000135.126  61 62 City Centre City Centre 02-Dec-2018 Sundays & Bank Holidays to withdraw from Transit Way between approx. 10:00 & 16:00 hrs
PH0000135.164  72 72A Polperro Plymouth 02-Dec-2018 To include detail of reversing manoeuvres. No change to route or timetable
PH0000135.163  73 73A Polperro Liskeard 02-Dec-2018 To include detail of reversing manoeuvres. No change to route or timetable
PH0000135.154 104 105 Devonport High School  Tavistock 07-Jan-2019 Administrative correction!

I have not linked to the main route pages above as most of these have not been entered there yet! - You can always click here and enter the licence number in the search box to see the full route history and timetables as they get processed.

Plymouth Citybus 078 WA54JWD

Its the 44 that sees the most significant changes…

18 November 2018

Devon & Cornwall Transit 129

Bus services across Devon & Cornwall that are due to change in the next week ( 19-25 November). 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 very quiet this week with one route change for National Express that's already happened, a new timetable for Williams 442 and a mysterious new night service for 6 weeks from Stagecoach details of which they are keeping close to their chest for now.

National Express Ltd • PD0000738

Just the one change at short notice (its already started)

Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PD0000738.215 328 PLYMOUTH ROCHDALE 07-Nov-2018 Vary route
Current Traveline Timetable
(no map on Traveline)

 

Stagecoach Devon Ltd • PH1020951

Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH1020951.314 N21 Braunton Bideford 24-Nov-2018 Apart from the Traveline timetable and map I can not find anything online for this service. If it is mentioned on the Stagecoach site then it is even more hidden normal. There must be a specific reason for such a frequent service at this time of night?
Traveline Timetable N21
Traveline Map N21

 

FT Williams • PH0007122

Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH0007122.018 442 Camborne Bus Station Sithians, Crellow Lane 19-Nov-2018 Timetable amended
Traveline Timetable 442
Traveline Map 442

10 November 2018

Devon & Cornwall Transit 128

Bus services across Devon & Cornwall that are due to change in the next week ( 12-18 November). 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.

 

Stagecoach Devon Ltd • PH1020951

Three new special Park & Rides for a one off event in Exeter along with a slight change to Plymouth Park & Ride 200

Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH1020951.235 200 Coypool Park & Ride Plymouth Royal Parade 12-Nov-2018 No details given by Stagecoach but the service now seems to stop at several more selected stops along the route rather than non stop from the city centre to Coypool. The timetable itself remains unchanged so presumably they are not expected to stay long at these additional stops.
Traveline Timetable
Traveline Map
PH1020951.306 Green Exeter, South Street Matford Park & Ride 18-Nov-2018 To operate a Park & Ride service for a Christmas event being held in Exeter City Centre on Sunday 18 November 2018
Details may be on the Stagecoach web site, but I cant find them! It appears to be for the switch on of the Christmas lights
Traveline Timetable
Traveline Map
PH1020951.308 Green2 Sowton Park & Ride City Centre, Paris Street 18-Nov-2018 To operate a Park & Ride service for a Christmas event being held in Exeter City Centre on Sunday 18 November 2018
Details may be on the Stagecoach web site, but I cant find them! It appears to be for the switch on of the Christmas lights
Traveline Timetable
Traveline Map
PH1020951.307 Red Honito Rd Park & Ride Exeter, Paris Street 18-Nov-2018 To operate a Park & Ride service for a Christmas event being held in Exeter City Centre on Sunday 18 November 2018
Details may be on the Stagecoach web site, but I cant find them! It appears to be for the switch on of the Christmas lights
Traveline Timetable
Traveline Map

 

Stagecoach 26034 YX65RCV

 

DJ Watts Coach Travel Ltd • PH1117103 • Torbay Buses

Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH1117103.003 62 Torquay Strand, Harbourside Torquay Strand, Harbourside 12-Nov-2018 No new timetable on Traveline from the 12th November. There is a new timetable from the 11 October 2018 which is the same as the Summer timetable currently on Torbay Buses own site, although they should now be running the winter timetable which is different again!
Traveline Timetable (11 Oct 2018)
Traveline Map (11 Oct 2018)

 

Tamar Coaches Ltd • PH1145484

Two school runs taken over from Hamilton Grays with immediate effect

Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH1145484.002 COLY1 Exeter, Belgrave Road Colyford, The Elms, Swan Hill Road 05-Nov-2018 School bus taken over from Hamilton Grays (Devon) Ltd
No timetable posted on Traveline yet
Previous Traveline Timetable (Hamilton Grays)
PH1145484.003 KINGS1 Exmouth, Imperial Road, Swimming Pool Ottery St Mary, The Kings School 05-Nov-2018 School bus taken over from Hamilton Grays (Devon) Ltd
No timetable posted on Traveline yet
Previous Traveline Timetable (Hamilton Grays)

 

Hamilton Grays (Devon) Ltd • PH1130469

  • PH1130469 SI 
  • HAMILTON GRAYS ( DEVON) LIMITED 
  • Director(s): SARAH HAMILTON 
  • UNIT 3, BUDLAKE ROAD, MARSH BARTON, EXETER, EX2 8PY 
  • Licence revoked without a Public Inquiry
Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH1130469.001 COLY1 Exeter, Belgrave Road Colyton School 04-Nov-2018 Registered Bus Services running under this licence have also been revoked with immediate effect. 
PH1130469.002 KINGS1 Exmouth, Swimming Pool King's School 04-Nov-2018 Registered Bus Services running under this licence have also been revoked with immediate effect. 

 

Hamilton Gray  2701 HP

08 November 2018

Stagecoach at Derriford

Derriford Hospital has always been a good place to observe buses, being the second busiest bus terminus after Royal Parade. The scene though has changed quite a bit recently with Stagecoach taking on most of the Target Travel work along with former Citybus route 14. So we have a bit of a photo feature looking at Stagecoach at Derriford Hospital over the last week or so…

Stagecoach 34849 FX06AEE

Newly acquired Dennis Dart 34849 on the 14.

Stagecoach 34607 NK04NPN

The 52 now departs from Derriford in both directions as seen by 34607 seen back on the 1st November.

Stagecoach 35134 YN56HBB

and also another recently acquired Dart 35134 YN56HBB.

Stagecoach 10490 SN65ZHE

Traffic at Derriford has affected buses in and out of Derriford quite badly recently so you often get buses bunched up. These two are both branded for the 1 and also both running on the 1 seen in horrible weather on the 6th!