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Quite a bit to look forward to over the coming months: The next batch of Enviro 400Citys double deckers should be due fairly soon with some secondhand Enviro 200s from London also heading our way. Leaving Plymouth will be the Volvo / Wrights and more of the older double deckers.
After a quiet period struggling with a rubbish computer I am now back up and running regular posts again. New fleet lists etc will also follow over the coming weeks...

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21 September 2019

Devon & Cornwall Transit 173

The weekly look at service changes across Devon & Cornwall. A few odds and ends this week, including a few late ones which have already started. Its actually very quiet this week with no new service changes planned although there is one entry below – for a service which has already changed. The ‘highlight’ this week is the very large batch of future service changes registered by Stagecoach for the end of October

As usual please click through on the Licence number for more details and full route histories on the PTBS web site. Links to Traveline and other timetables and maps are provided below where possible, but always check with the operators own web site for up to date information before you travel!

The following service changes are planned for this coming week

Roselyn Coaches Ltd • PH1038599

Licence Route Start Point End Point Effective Notes
PH1038599.006 ROS012 St Austell Station Roseland School, Treggony 16-Sep-2019 Timetable amended. Route only started from 4th September but the Traveline timetable starts from 9th  September

The following future service changes were published this last week:

LicenceRouteStart PointEnd PointEffectiveNotesOPERATOR
PH0007025.026 100  Totnes Coronation Road Paignton Bus Station 04-Nov-2019 Route and timetable amended DART PLEASURE CRAFT LIMITED
PH1038599.006 ROS012 St Austell Station Roseland School, Treggony 16-Sep-2019 Timetable amended ROSELYN COACHES LTD
PH1020951.249   1 X1 Plymouth Tavistock 27-Oct-2019 To revise the timetable STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.236   2 2A Saltash Mount Batten or Sherford 27/10/2019 To revise timetable on Saturdays and adjust running times STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.237   3 Plymouth Kingsbridge 27-Oct-2019 To add earlier & later journeys STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.238   3 Kingsbridge Dartmouth 27/10/2019 To add earlier and later journeys STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.034   5 5C Exeter, Paris Street Crediton or Chulmleigh 28/10/2019 To revise 5C journeys early mornings and evenings STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.206   5A Hatherleigh Okehampton 28/10/2019 To operate additional journeys STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.046   7 7A Exeter Bus Station Totnes Coronation Road 27/10/2019 To extend one journey in each direction to Paignton STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.011  12 N12 Newton Abbot Brixham 27-Oct-2019 to re-introduvce the Winter timetable. To revise Sundany evenings STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.136  21 ETC Ilfracombe or Barnstaple Appledore or Westward Ho! 27-Oct-2019 To revise Saturday morning and Sunday evening journeys STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.208  22 Dawlish Warren South Devon College 27-Oct-2019 To remove last journey to/from Dawlish Warren daily STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.134  27 28 Paignton Bus Stn Torquay Grammar School 28-Oct-2019 To revise running times STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.100  30 Brixham/Paignton Cuthbert Mayne Sch/St Marychurch 28-Oct-2019 To revise running times STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.006  31 Torquay, Cary Parade Barton Padacre Road 27/10/2019 To revise Monday to Friday timetable & revise running times STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.317  35A 35C Torquay Strand Torquay Strand 27-Oct-2019 To revise timetables STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.315  39 Newton Abbot Torquay 27-Oct-2019 To cancel registration STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.075  39 Exeter Newton Abbot 28-Oct-2019 To revise timetable STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.036  57 N57 Exeter Exmouth 02/11/2019 To revise the route of Service N57 in Exeter to operate from Paris Street via New North Road, Queen Street and High Street to Sidwell Street STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.234 100 101 The George Park & Ride Plymouth Royal Parade 27-Oct-2019 To revise running times STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.106 110 Torquay Totnes Seven Stars 28-Oct-2019 To revise running times STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.012 120 Paignton Bus Station Kingswear Banjo 28-Oct-2019 To revise running times STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.235 200 Coypool Park & Ride Plymouth Royal Parade 27-Oct-2019 To revise running times and revise to be a normal stopping service STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.254 302 Tavistock Gulworthy Park & Ride site 09/10/2019 Te extend from Lumburn Rise to Gulworthy as the Lumburn Rise site has be redeveloped. Operates on Wednesday 9th October 2019 and annually when Tavistock Goose Fair is hheld STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.044 A Alphington, Smithfield Road Thornpark Rise 27-Oct-2019 To revise timetable STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.074 B 2B Prince Charles Road Exminster & Dawlish 28-Oct-2019 To extend certain journeys from Union Road to Prince Charles Road Morrisons STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.029 D H University of Exeter Digby 27-Oct-2019 To amend timetable Saturday Mornings and revise running times STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.065 E F1 F2 Beacon Heath Exwick 27-Oct-2019 To revise running times STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.020 FOX Paignton Bus Station Foxhole 27-Oct-2019 To revise Saturday timetable STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.197 GOLD Torquay Strand Totnes Royal Seven Stars 27-Oct-2019 To revise running times STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.198 GOLD Totnes Royal Seven Stars Plymouth 27-Oct-2019 To revise running times STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.052 GRN Sowton Matford Park & Ride 28-Oct-2019 To revise running times STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.060 K I T J Science Park, Digby or Whipton Barton Countess Wear, Digby or Topsham 27-Oct-2019 To revise Service K timetable Saturday mornings and to revise running times STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.105 P Crossmead Pennsylvania 27-Oct-2019 To revise running times STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.047 R S Rifford Road Rifford Road 27-Oct-2019 To revise Saturday timetable STAGECOACH DEVON LTD
PH1020951.058 RED Exeter, Paris Street Honiton Road Park & Ride 27-Oct-2019 To revise running times STAGECOACH DEVON LTD

20 September 2019

Late reminder for tomorrow..

Returning for our 12th year, the Kingsbridge Running Day on Saturday 21st September is going to include some interesting new routes as well as a different mix of vehicles for both regular and new visitors to enjoy.

The Running Day will be centred on Kingsbridge Bus Station on the Quay, operating services from 10.00 until 17.30.

The extensive network and full timetable give visitors the opportunity to ride on a range of vehicles to spectacular coast and country destinations all around Kingsbridge and the South Hams. The routes we plan to use were formerly operated by the Great Western Railway Road Motors, the Western National Omnibus Company and/or other local operators such as Tally Ho Coaches and the Coleridge Community Bus. In 2018 road closures affecting routes to the east of Kingsbridge encouraged us to explore the network to the west of the town.  These were popular and will feature again in the 2019 timetable.

general view

Features of Kingsbridge 2019 include:

Services to East Portlemouth, South Pool & Sherford, Goveton, Slapton, Salcombe, Hope Cove, Thurlestone, Bantham, Loddiswell, California Cross, Bigbury on Sea, East Allington, Kingston and Ringmore

Circular services provided by Coleridge Community Bus (in its 40th anniversary year) operating a route fr Kingsbridge to Beesands, North Hallsands, Kellation and Ford.  Their bus provides low floor access unlike more ‘vintage’ vehicles.

Special free vintage bus services to coordinate with the Royal Visit and unveiling of sculptures in Kingsbridge and Salcombe as part of the Salcombe lifeboat 150th anniversary celebrations:  (0835 feeder service from Salcombe to Kingsbridge with timetable adjustments to suit possible short-term road closures).

Other circular services including Kingsbridge to Goveton, via Buckland-tout-Saints and Kingsbridge to Blackawton back through Strete and along the coast.

A circular ‘school’ service TNS004 through the Avon Valley combined with pre-war rail replacement route 177 from South Brent.

Coach excursions to Bigbury-on-Sea for the sea tractor and facilities on Burgh Island in the morning and to the sheltered bay of Blackpool Sands to the east of Kingsbridge in the afternoon.

Short workings with a town service via Rack Park and a circular to Churchstow offering round trip times of less than 30 minutes so enthusiasts can sample a greater number of vehicles in the course of the day.

Double-deck open-top rides on the Churchstow and Aveton Gifford services.

A number of routes with duplicate vehicles so that passengers can change vehicles at outer termini.

Refreshment opportunities with programme advertisers en route such as Burgh Island at Bigbury-on-Sea (Tour and Service 101), Millbrook Inn, South Pool (Service 99), The Sloop Inn, Bantham (102, 161), Salcombe Dairy ice cream (105, 100/109/100, 158), Aune Valley Café, Loddiswell (92/3, 103) and The Creeks End Inn, Kingsbridge

Refreshments at Loddiswell Station courtesy of the owners with proceeds going to Loddiswell PTFA to benefit the Pre-and Primary Schools (103).

Stagecoach service buses to and from Plymouth will operate through the day to the normal Saturday timetable

Full details on the TVGWOT web site

I sadly wont be there but have a great time everyone!

16 September 2019

Mayflower 400

Yet another new livery for a Citybus Enviro…




Thanks to Jake Street who caught these at Milehouse a day or so ago

First Group Sale–Kernow to Management?

There have been rumours for a while but this is the first time I have seen it in print…

EMBATTLED transport operator First-Group is poised to offload part of its bus business to its own managers amid mounting industry concern of a shakeup by politicians.
A string of management buyouts are said to be the front-runners vying for First's bus operations in Bristol, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. A similar swoop by managers is also being pulled together in East Anglia.
First put its entire UK bus arm up for sale earlier this year, alongside North American coach arm Greyhound, following pressure from its biggest shareholders.
The largest of these, activist Coast Capital Management, launched a campaign over the summer to oust half of the board. While Coast failed to attract majority shareholder support, First's chairman and two other directors would later step down.
Some investors want the company to also exit UK rail and concentrate on more profitable operations in the US.
FirstGroup's plans to put its UK bus operations on the market were revealed after the earlier sale of part of its sprawling Manchester operation to rival Go-Ahead.
The bus industry remains fearful of tighter regulation across major cities. Andy Burnham, the Manchester mayor, has already announced plans to run bus services using a franchise model. Others considering similar plans include Liverpool, Sheffield, Cambridge and Peterborough.
As a result, one industry source said: "No one has much enthusiasm for buying bus companies."
A First spokesman said: "There are a number of potential outcomes for the separation of First Bus from the group and we are pursuing these options. Although we do not comment on market rumours or speculation, it would be incorrect at this stage to say any one outcome is more likely than another."

Daily Telegraph, The/The Sunday Telegraph (London, England) (Published as Sunday Telegraph, The (London, England)) - September 15, 2019

First Kernow 33242 at Lands End on service A1

© Teggers419 (cc)

As always we will have to wait and see what actually happens…