01 January 2010

Its been a good year for Plymothian Transit

 A Quick Look Back at 2009. Part 1 

Christmas is over and this year it was a good one in the Richardson household so I have really enjoyed the break from blogging. However, we are now starting a new year so Plymothian Transit restarts from today.
I have to start by thanking people for dropping in and actually reading my little blog. I still look back in wonder that so many people seem to think the site is worth a visit. Way back in 2007 I recall being excited to see that one month I had more than 100 visits. This has grown and 2009 started averaging abut 2500 a month, then over the summer it jumped to about 3500 a month and then in October it hit 4500 a month. I am sure I have to thank Plymouth City Council for much of the growth as the long running saga over the sale of Plymouth Citybus brought in lots of visitors to the site.

A few of the 'highlights' from 2009: January 2009 started with First cutting back on even more routes in Plymouth with the 17 being withdrawn from Glenholt and the 10 being given up to be replaced by Target Travel.
First Devon and Cornwall 53003 V803KAF The newly launched Plymgo web site was given a full review which noted some promise. I will be revisiting this service shortly to see what (if any) progress has been made.
February started badly with a nasty accident on FDC service 93 and Target Travel also seeing a nasty accident a few days later with one of their coaches. First received more Tridents from London, although most of these were for North Devon or Cornwall.
March: Amey invest in their recently privatised council Highways fleet. I get a new bus stop flag(!) and Stagecoach spin a fare increase.
April: I dream big for Target Travel as my April fools joke. Atlantean TCO537 arrives back home. Target cant spell.
May: The Royal Albert Bridge gets a make over for its birthday. Map of the officially secure stations. Citybus put up for sale!
June: Scania demo for Citybus. Taxi boss want to buy Citybus. The City Council plan major cutbacks to the subsidised network. Big plans for the Derriford Hospital / Northern Corridor are announced.
The second half of 2009 follows tomorrow!
Further Reading

Omnibuses: Dash for cash
Pseudonymous wonders whether the sale of three municipals is a matter of weeks is a coincidence or is it a sign that something is happening in those town halls up & down the country where the hardened few councils still like to run their own buses
Recommended Links

A Transport of Delight: 2009
Bus World Photography: Trents Volvos (now in Plymouth)
TGP: Winter Steam
Recently on Twitter/Facebook
First 29/12/2009 (Plymouth area only!)
07:21 Services 81/81A subject to delay as a result of one ferry being out of operation. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.
11:59 JANUARY SALE! Save upto £75 off select First3&6 month passes - now available online!
First 31/12/2009
14:25 Most services finish at 8 tonight. Please see the website for full details. Have a great night!
14:34 First in Devon and Cornwall would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.
Citybus 29/12/2009
14:42 Traffic's busy in the City Centre with the sales and the bad weather. Buses passing the Drakes Circus mall are experiencing short delays due to queueing traffic. Things certainly flow better when the Police are present to stop cars causing the obstruction. Hopefully we won't keep you waiting for too long.
14:46 It's a Saturday service again on Wednesday 30th December - this is more or less the same as weekdays bar some early morning and works journeys.
Citybus 30/12/2009
13:12 No traffic or weather hold ups in the City Centre so far today so services are operating as normal with a Saturday timetable
13:12 New Year's Eve sees a Saturday timetable in operation with an early finish at 8pm. Please see our website for full details of the last buses
13:17 Colebrook Village is now closed for emergency work to take place Service 12 will divert via Courtlands Crescent for the duration of the work
14:27 On January 2nd Argyle v Newcastle at Home Park We will be running our football specials to get you to this exciting FA cup match GREEN ARMY!
Citybus 31/12/2009
13:12 Traffic is not too bad today and all services running to Saturday timetable
13:15 Dont forget all services finish at 8pm today. Details on our website
Plymouth Citybus wishes everyone a safe healthy and happy new year! Have a great time tonight!
13:55 Plymouth Citybus wishes everyone a safe healthy and happy new year! Have a great time tonight!
15:38 We will be back to take you for some retail therapy on January 2nd 2010.
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