21 July 2012

Citybus 42 Take 2

Thanks to Christopher Pullen here is the post from yesterday which I managed to loose!

Over the coming week we will be taking a closer look at the proposed changes to Plymouth Citybus routes as advertised recently.

Lets start with the new 42

  • Service 20: Linked to service 42. Service to operate from Woodford to Mudgeway, then to the City Centre via Prince Rock. Then continue to Derriford Hospital and Tamerton Foliot on the revised service 42 route. Mon – Sat operating every 30 minutes during the day, with a limited evening service. Sun operating hourly to the City Centre and 30 minutely from City Centre to Derriford / Tamerton Foliot. Link to Ridgeway from Mudgeway reinstated.
  • Service 42: Peak service will have a more direct route into the city centre. From Tamerton Foliot the service will run along Tamerton Foliot
    Road and Looseleigh Lane to Derriford, then direct to the city centre via Crownhill and Mutley Plain. An off peak service will run along Tamerton Foliot Road, via Southway to the George Junction, then via Tavistock Road to Derriford, then direct to the city centre

Citybus have already altered the plans slightly in that The 42 between City Centre and Plympton will operate through Lipson and Laira.
There have been comments that some parts of Plympton get a reduced service, notably the Steer Park section which seems to revert back to every 30 mins again. It wasn't that long ago that the 21 was put back into Steer Park!
There is little detail on what the route through the City Centre will be for this combined service. This is the case for most of these changes so the devil will be in the detail. It needs to be clear which 42 you are catching especially from Royal Parade! If I read it right then the new combined 42 on Sundays will only go through to Plympton every hour whilst the other half is twice an hour?

Other comments:

  • The new 20/42 route is fantastic - a link to the new library (currently a 10 minute walk away as the 20 stops at the Ridgeway School), an evening service (not that I'd ever really use it; if I did it would be extremely rarely), though the big thing is a Sunday service”
  • “42 this looks confusing. It will go quick via Looseligh Lane to Tamerton Foliot in the peak, but via the George Hotel and Southway off peak. So good for commuters to the city centre from Tamerton Foliot but what about people wanting to get from Southway to Derriford Hospital in the peak - Target Travels 46/47 I suppose. The route will also take over the 20 and operate past the City Centre to Steer Park. The route around the back end of Plympton seems odd. I know it's trying to fill some of the 22 but Ridgeway then Hillcrest Drive then Glen Road.”

1 comment:

  1. Looking at PCBs suggestions I think I'd modify them a bit. Here's what I'd do.

    8 as normal
    9 as normal
    13 as PCB suggest
    16 as PCB suggest
    20 is a combination of the 34 route suggested, with the Plympton section of the 42
    21 as PCB suggest
    22 will be the 33 that PCB suggest
    23 as normal
    24 as normal
    25 as normal
    26 will be the current 36
    27 the 28 PCB suggest
    28 the 27 PCB suggest
    31 will be the 61 PCB suggest and extending to Elburton taking on the 5
    32 will be the 62 PCB suggest and extending to Elburton taking on the 5A
    33 new route every 30 minutes City Centre - Prince Rock - Sugar Mill - Pomphlett Road - Plymstock - Mount Batten Drive - Hooe - Jennycliff Bay - Turnchapel
    34 will be the current 31
    35 as normal
    36 the current 14D
    40 will be the current 43A but increased to every 20 minutes
    41 will be the 29 PCB suggest
    42 will be the quick route PCB suggested from Tamerton Foliot to the City Centre, then going as the proposed 43B to Holly Park
    43 as PCB suggest
    44 increased to every 10 minutes, existing route, 44A withdrawn so a one way loop around Whitleigh
    49 as normal
    50 as PCB suggest via Embankment Road
    51 will be the current 152


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