24 December 2007


Private hire firm Taxifast will run a ground-breaking 'taxibus' service across the north of Plymouth in the New Year after landing a £658,000 council contract.
The firm has this week ordered six new Hackney black cabs and two buses so it can deliver what it says will be 'a local bus service to the northern industrial estates'.
Taxifast managing director Simon Hirst said this would mean picking up passengers from "Belliver to Crownhill, Southway to Estover" from the end of January.

The new 'Urban Bus Challenge Northern Corridor' service will be called Northern Connect, and cover about 25 per cent of the city.
The contract was awarded by Plymouth City Council. The decision was made by Cllr Glenn Jordan, Cabinet member for healthy communities and leisure, under delegated powers.
The deal also includes transporting 'non-urgent' patients to Derriford Hospital by bus, for which Taxifast will work jointly with local firm Target Travel.
The project has been funded by £342,000 from the Department of Transport's Urban Bus Challenge Grant and £316,000 from various Section 106 and developer contributions.

I am sure there will be a lot more about this new service in the new year when more is known.

There wont be a posting tomorrow as its Christmas day and I need a day off! Happy Christmas to all my readers - especially those who have helped me over the past year with comments and other very useful contributions and photos for this blog. Have a great day!

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