10 October 2011

Its all too quiet

Usually at the beginning of each new month I like to look back at the activity on the Governments VOSA web site to see what bus service registrations have been logged. I check this site a few times a month and then go back over a whole month in case I have missed anything. Well September was a very quiet month with nothing of any real interest at all. this is in marked contrast with other areas of the south west with Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire seeing loads of service registration changes coming up over the coming months. Much of this is down to local authorities cutting back their transport expenditure dramatically. Anyone watching the site will think that Devon & Cornwall have escaped all the cuts as everything is almost too quiet at the moment.

September 1st

PH0006741/26 - WESTERN GREYHOUND LTD, WESTERN HOUSE, ST. AUSTELL STREET, SUMMERCOURT, NEWQUAY, TR8 5DR
Variation Accepted: Operating between POLPERRO, Crumplehorn and CALLINGTON, New Road given service number 573 effective from 29-Oct-2011. To amend Route and Timetable.

September 16th

PH1016164/24 - HOLSWORTHY LTD T/A BEACON GARAGE, DOLTON BEACON, DOLTON, WINKLEIGH, EX19 8PS
Registration Accepted by SN
Starting Point: Buckland Monachorum School
Finish Point: Yelverton Roundabout
Via:
Service Number: 624
Service Type: Normal Stopping
Effective Date: 19-SEP-2011
Other Details: School days only.

September 22nd

PH1101608/1 - TREVELLYAN JACKETT T/A JACKETT'S COACHES, KINGSETT HOUSE,, ALBASTON, GUNNISLAKE, PL18 9AL
Variation Accepted by SN: Operating between Tavistock Bus Station and Tavistock Bus Station given service number 87/87A effective from 12-Oct-2011. To amend Timetable.

October continues the quiet theme as there is nothing to report so far.

Of course Devon and Cornwall are not escaping the cuts. The troubles in Cornwall have been well documented. The cutbacks will happen but a bit later than the county had originally planned. Devon & Plymouth? Well I guess we will have to wait and see…


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