26 November 2007

Snippets

Local news snippets from the last few days or so...

Five people were rushed to hospital after a bus collided head on with a car near Yelverton. Three adults and two children were taken to Derriford Hospital after the 35-seater First bus was involved in the accident on Saturday evening.
The number 86 Plymouth to Tavistock bus was on its way back to the city shortly before 5pm when it was in collision with a red Ford Focus on the A386 near Yelverton Golf Course. The road had to be closed for three hours. The bus was one of the standard Barbie Darts used on this service.

Bus company First has reduced fares on its X80 routes between South Brent, Ivybridge and Plymouth. Between Ivybridge and Plymouth, adult returns have gone down from £3.90 to £3.50 and singles from £3.50 to £3.15. Always good news!

Plans to scrap the Milehouse park-and-ride scheme have been dropped from the Central Park area action plan, which will be published this week. The action plan must be verified by the full Plymouth City Council on December 10, and approved by a Government inspector. During the public consultation process in 2006, the council said that the Milehouse park and-ride site could close once a replacement was opened in Saltash. But on Friday, council leader Vivien Pengelly said the park-and-ride would now stay.

Youngsters at Hyde Park Junior School have 60 new reasons to keep their reading on track. The Year 5 pupils have been given more than 60 books by the First Great Western Community Project. Mark Dellow, deputy Head at Hyde Park Junior School, said: "The new books feature a range of topics that are of interest to this age group, making reading a much more enjoyable experience for our pupils. We are grateful to First Great Western for this kind donation." Another nice little news item concerning First Group!

Bus company First Devon and Cornwall has teamed up with driver quality monitoring organisation Tangerine to keep a closer eye on its drivers. Steve Grigg, the bus operator's general manager for Devon, said: "At First we pride ourselves on our relentless pursuit of improving safety and comfort for our customers.

"The introduction of specialist driving and service quality assessments by qualified Tangerine assessors will assist us in identifying how we can continue to improve in these two areas.

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