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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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15 October 2019

Citybus and Hearts Together

Excellent news from Plymouth Citybus:

Life-saving defibrillators are being fitted to part of the Plymouth Citybus fleet in a groundbreaking new charity partnership.

Sixteen defibrillators donated by local charity Hearts Together, will be on board the company’s 16 Spark buses, which serve one of the busiest routes in Plymouth, with the aim to eventually have one on every single bus.

They can be used to restart the heart in case of cardiac arrest and can raise survival rates from 6% to an incredible 74%.

Plymouth Citybus has worked closely with local charity Hearts Together, who support patients, families and carers in the South West, to deliver the project. Defibshop, who are experts in their field, have also provided support and resources to assist this new venture.

This is the first scheme in the UK to place defibrillators on buses.

It will be officially launched on Wednesday 16th October - World Restart a Heart Day - with a display on the Piazza in Plymouth City Centre.

One of the buses with a defibrillator will be on show with volunteers on hand to demonstrate how it can be used. Drivers will also be trained to operate them.

Plymouth Citybus Managing Director Richard Stevens said: “We're hoping this investment will help save lives. In times of crisis our buses are often first at the scene, so it makes sense for them to be equipped with defibrillators.

“Members of the public will be able to use them and we are also training all our drivers in the hope that should someone suffer a cardiac arrest we’re doing our very best to significantly improve their chances of survival.

“I’d like to thank Hearts Together for working with us to deliver this remarkable project, which we believe will make a genuine difference not just to the health of our passengers but for the communities we service.”

Each of the buses will have signs to advise passengers that a defibrillator is aboard their bus, with clearly labelled QR codes next to them, which members of the public will be able to scan to play a video showing how to use them.

The aim is to have a defibrillator on every bus, with a fund-raising drive by the charity now underway.

Hearts Together Chief Executive Liz Harding said: “I’d like to thank everyone at Plymouth Citybus and defibshop for all their help with this project, which not only increases the opportunity to save lives but raises awareness of the work we do.
“Defibrillators make a tangible difference to communities - tragically 90-95% of cardiac arrests prove fatal when they go untreated, yet the likelihood of survival is altered dramatically by their use.
“Every minute without CPR or defibrillation, the chances of someone surviving a cardiac arrest reduces by seven to 10% - it’s that important.
“Buses are central to everyday life and it makes perfect sense for defibrillators to be fitted to them - it means one is never far away from those in need.
“I’d urge everyone who can to pop by to find out more during the event in Plymouth City Centre and to watch the video which shows you how to use the defibrillator, available from the QR codes next to the defibrillator signs on the Spark buses. Working together we can create heart-safe communities.”

Vick Smith, Account Manager, defibshop said: “Defibshop is very proud to be part of this Plymouth Citybus and Hearts Together defibrillator scheme. 

“It is vitally important the message around the use of defibrillators is foremost in the public mind, and the understanding that anyone can help in the event of an emergency. 

“Hearts Together work tirelessly to bring the public access to defibrillators, and Plymouth Citybus have supplied the perfect vehicle to do this.

“We are convinced this initiative will be a very positive one, which is planned to be rolled out to the entire Plymouth Citybus fleet and, we hope, other public transport providers across the UK will follow suit.”

Plymouth Citybus and Hearts Together will be demonstrating the new partnership all day from 9am on the Piazza in Plymouth City Centre on Wednesday 16th October, supported by defibshop and a team of volunteers.

Hearts Together provides accommodation for patients, carers, relatives and healthcare professionals as well as essential lifesaving equipment to local hospitals and communities in the South West. The Plymouth-based charity also offers support and counselling to anyone affected by heart disease.

14 October 2019

Top City Operator, maybe…

Top City Operator?

Plymouth Citybus has been shortlisted as ‘Top City Operator’ in the 2019 UK Bus Awards.

The prestigious national awards recognise major successes achieved by bus operators across the country.

Plymouth Citybus is up against seven other bus companies from around the UK for the Top City Operator award including other Go-Ahead Group operator, Brighton & Hove Buses, and Lothian Buses, National Express West Midlands, Nottingham City Transport, Stagecoach Manchester, Translink Metro and Stagecoach Merseyside.

After being shortlisted as a finalist in the same category in 2018, this year Plymouth Citybus believes it is in a strong position to go one better.

Winners of the UK Bus Awards will be announced on 19 November 2019 at a ceremony in London.

Plymouth Citybus has seen employee and passenger satisfaction scores rise to industry-leading levels, with the latter reaching 93% in 2019. Over the past year the company also increased its spend in the local community by 20%, supporting a number of worthy community projects and charitable causes. 

Richard Stevens, Managing Director, said: “This is a huge achievement for Plymouth Citybus and we’re pleased that the work we’re doing is being recognised as leading the way on the national stage.

“We are constantly making improvements to benefit our passengers, stakeholders and team. It’s important to us that transport in the city is at the forefront of innovation and this award nomination is testament to our work in trying to achieve this.”

Plymouth Citybus is also shortlisted as Bus Operator of the Year at the 2019 National Transport Awards, which take place on 31 October 2019.

Congratulations to Citybus for another strong achievement in getting shortlisted – again! There is some strong competition there though…

Plymouth Citybus 565 WA17FTZ

12 October 2019

Devon & Cornwall Transit 176

The weekly look at service changes across Devon & Cornwall. Not much to report this coming week. Next week will see a LOT more to report!

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

DJ Watts Coach Travel Ltd • PH1117103

LicenceRouteStart PointEnd PointEffectiveNotes
PH1117103.004  64 Torquay, Castle Circus Torquay, Middle Warberry Road 19-Oct-2019 Timetable amended.
No new timetables found?

First South West Ltd • PH0004983

LicenceRouteStart PointEnd PointEffectiveNotes
PH0004983.584 A 4 Hayle Towans/St Agnes St Ives 18-Oct-2019 Seasonal workings come to an end.
No buses in the winter months.
Buses will run over the full route from May 2020.
PH0004983.585 A 4 Quntrell Downs St Agnes 18-Oct-2019 see above

The following future service changes were published this last week:

Just a couple for Plymouth Citybus – but dont get too excited – these are both for a one off event only!

LicenceRouteStart PointEnd PointEffectiveNotesOPERATOR
PH0000135.220 34A City Centre Car Park Shuttle City Centre Car Park Shuttle 28-Nov-2019 New Service PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
PH0000135.221 OCS City Centre City Centre 28-Nov-2019 New Service PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD

05 October 2019

Stagecoach Open Day Cancelled

I don't like covering accidents like this one, so I will just leave this as a matter of record. I hope that everyone makes a full recovery. Thoughts and prayers for all involved.

The open day event at Exeter for tomorrow has understandably been cancelled.