16 June 2010

First News

Helping out with Park and Ride passengers
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First are making good use of their new service 12 buses to help with the Coypool Park and Ride:
During the disruption caused by the Gdynia Way road works (June - November) we are allowing customers of Coypool Park & Ride PR2 to use their ticket on our ugobus service 12 for return journeys from the City Centre. They can alight at the bus stop outside McDonalds on Plymouth Road. Service 12 operates a 12 minute frequency from Monday to Saturday from stand A11 on Royal Parade, stand B3 on the Viaduct and stand C3 outside Drake Circus Mall on Coburg Street. For a service 12 timetable please click on the link below, click on 'timetables' in the left hand menu or visit the First travel shop in Bretonside bus station. FDC

Other less welcome news is of fare increase for Plymouth and South Devon from next week:

From Sunday 20th June, due to increased operating and fuel costs, we will be changing most of our adult and child single and return fares in Plymouth & South Devon. Day, Week, Month,3Month, 6Month & Year tickets remain unchanged and continue to offer excellent value travel from as little as £1.43 a day.
We are also pleased to announce the launch of some new First Year Child tickets for those aged 16 and under:

First Year Plymouth Child £390
First Year Plymouth Plus Child £510
First Year Devon & Cornwall Child £600
More details on purchasing these tickets...

Although the new tickets above might not be sold in big numbers the other new tickets being introduced are likely to be more popular (assuming they are marketed properly):

First in Devon & Cornwall are pleased to introduce a new First3Day ticket, valid across Devon & Cornwall from Sunday 20th June. The First3Day Devon & Cornwall ticket is valid for unlimited travel on all First bus services in Cornwall and most in Devon for 3 consecutive days.
These great value tickets are prices at:
First3Day Devon & Cornwall adult £12.00
First3Day Devon & Cornwall child £9.00
First3Day Devon & Cornwall family £25.00
(valid for up to 5 people with no more than 2 adults)
First3Day Devon & Cornwall tickets are available from your First driver or from the First Travel Shops in Truro, Penzance, Camborne, Plymouth and Barnstaple.
More details

One final bit of news concerns Marc Reddy who is leaving his post at FDC to take over at First Hampshire & Dorset from an unknown date. It seems that notices have gone up to this effect within the company. This of course makes sense for Marc as he still lives in the area and has to commute Devon and Cornwall. Lets just hope that whoever takes over the post at Devon and Cornwall they continue where Marc left off. The Plymouth fleet at least has been transformed under his leadership and is no longer the joke that it was for many years previously.

A Transport of Delight: Co-ordinated high speed rail
Busworld Photography: Rossendale Transport
PTOTPA: Optare Solo on the road He gets the photo I have been trying to get all week!
Omnibuses: Nicola Shaw and Me I Know how he feels sometimes.

PTOTPA: Away from home Another rare sighting!
Uncle Terry: 125: Little Dipper
A Transport of Delight: NXWM dangles a carrot an offer you can refuse?
Omnibuses: Unknown quantity Smartcards
PTOTPA: Carmel Coaches
Uncle Terry: 126- Uncle Terry

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