16 February 2011

X38 split and halved?

The last few days has seen quite a few notices of impending service changes across Devon on VOSA. On the 6th February Stagecoach posted a lot of changes across their network with the X38 service appearing:
PH1020951/40 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB Variation Accepted: Operating between Exeter Bus Station and Buckfastleigh Station Approach given service number X38 effective from 11-Apr-2011. To amend Timetable.
PH1020951/158 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB Registration Accepted Starting Point: Buckfastleigh Station Approach Finish Point: Plymouth Bus Station Via: Service Number: X38 Service Type: Normal Stopping Effective Date: 11-APR-2011 Other Details: Monday to Saturday 8 journeys each way, Sunday & Bank Holidays 3 journeys each way
As you can see the service has been split into two at Buckfastleigh. This is due to the European driving hours legislation which has seen quite a few long distance services split this way.
If I read this correctly it does appear that there are to be only 8 journeys each way which seems a lot less than the current timetable. Sundays seem the same three runs each direction.
Stagecoach 52343 P803XTA

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  1. It isn't split at all; the buses will still work through, and so will the drivers. All that's split is the registration.

    Yes, it is a stupid rule, why do you ask?

  2. It seems it will still be hourly between Exeter and Buckfastleigh with only 8 journeys a day operating to Plymouth Bus Station. what happened to the bendi- coaches this route or has numbers drop big time?


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