05 August 2009

The hound gets bigger

Sorry of the lack of updates over last few days. Being back at work, prior to my physiotherapy starting has been catching up with me!Western greyhound WK04OTA (by didbygraham) Western Greyhound has won a significant number of additional Cornish routes in a major retendering exercise by the new unitary Cornwall Council. Most have historically been operated by First Devon and Cornwall, although some routes were previously operated by Truronian prior to their takeover by First
Routes which will be taken over at the end of September are:
the 22 St Austell to Truro (Mondays to Saturdays) which will become WGL 522. This will be integrated with 521 to provide a clockface 30-minute headway between St Austell and St Dennis - Solo operation
the 24 St Austell Luxulyan, Lostwithiel and Stenalees (Mondays to Saturdays) which will become WGL 523 and will be to a revised timetable including the introduction of a Saturday service to Luxulyan Solo operation
the 25 St Austell to Fowey (evenings and Sundays) which will become WGL 524. A couple of positioning trips on 525 will be extended to Fowey. Solo operation
the 26 St Austell to Mevagissey (evenings and Sundays) which will be integrated into WGL 526 and operate daily. Gorran will gain a 2-hourly headway daily. Solo operation
the 50/51 Truro to St Mawes and Veryan (daily) which will become WGL 550/551. Solo operation
the 76 Bude to Launceston (daily with extensions to Plymouth in the evenings and on Sundays) will become WGL 576. The timetable will be revised to run 2-hourly Bude to Callington and broadly hourly Launceston to Callington, with connections to Plymouth on FDC76 and to Liskeard/Looe and Polperro on WGL574. Solo operation out of Launceston outstation
the 319 Bude to Hartland (Mondays to Saturdays) will become WGL520 and operate between Bude and Morwenstowe only.
WGL519 will be extended beyond Kilkhampton to Hartland 2 hourly to connect with Stagecoach Devon 319 and through tickets will be available in both directions. Vario operation out of Bude outstation
the 400 Truro to Falmouth and Helford Passage (daily) will become WGL500. Solo operation out of new Falmouth outstation
the X90 will be renumbered 599 and increased to daily to compensate for First deregistering its Sunday journeys on X9. Additional weekday journeys will run between Bude and Holsworthy via Bridgerule to replace 285. Mixture of Citaro and Vario operation out of Bude outstation.
The 510 timetable will be revised to incorporate 599 and a more clockface pattern headway will operate with buses leaving Exeter at xx15 past most hours.
the 40 between Truro and Trelander (Mondays to Saturdays)which will become WGL 596 and increased to clock-face half-hourly. Solo operation. This route will start at the beginning of September

10 more Optare Solos are expected before these tenders start.

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