19 April 2014

Okehampton here we come

Plymouth Citybus Launch New Service 11

As of the 25th May 2014, Plymouth Citybus are pleased to announce the launch of its new service 11 from Plymouth City Centre to Okehampton, with additional services to Tavistock. Service 11 will run 7 days a week with 2 journeys on a Sunday, continuing onto Barnstable using service number 75B. Full Timetables HERE

The Scania single deckers are being prepared for service with at least two believed to be in red now. Just as a reminder of the services involved here are the VOSA notices:

21 February 2014

PH0000135/154 - PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA Registration Accepted Starting Point: PLYMOUTH ROYAL PARADE Finish Point: TAVISTOCK BUS STATION Via: Derriford Hospital, Yelverton, Hollabridge Service Number: 11 Service Type: Normal Stopping Effective Date: 25-MAY-2014 Other Details: Sunday to Saturday excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Sunday service on other bank holidays.

21 February 2014

PH0000135/155 - PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA Registration Accepted Starting Point: TAVISTOCK BUS STATION Finish Point: WEST ST, OKEHAMPTON Via: Mary Tavi, Lydford, Sourton Service Number: 11 Service Type: Normal Stopping Effective Date: 25-MAY-2014 Other Details: Monday to Saturday. On Sunday the service will stop at Market Street. Sunday service will operate on bank holidays. However, there will be no service on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

21 February 2014

PH0000135/156 - PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA Registration Accepted Starting Point: OKEHAMPTON, MARKET STREET Finish Point: GREAT TOLLINGTON CHURCH Via: HATHERLEIGH, MEETH, MERTON Service Number: 75B Service Type: Normal Stopping Effective Date: 25-MAY-2014 Other Details: Sundays & Bank Holidays excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. 2 Journeys in each direction.

21 February 2014

PH0000135/157 - PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA Registration Accepted Starting Point: GREAT TORRINGTON CHURCH Finish Point: BARNSTAPLE BUS STATION Via: Bideford Service Number: 75B Service Type: Normal Stopping Effective Date: 25-MAY-2014 Other Details: Sundays and Bank Holidays except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. 2 Journeys in each direction

Local Interest

Building the Devonport Column: This column, which was intended to be erected by public subscription, commemorates the change of the name of the town from "Plymouth Dock" to "Devonport", the authority for which was granted, agreeable to a petition forwarded to George IV, in 1823.

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19 comments:

  1. Who is running Oke - Barnstaple Monday to Saturday? It will be good to see the link restored from Plymouth to Oke and full sized vehicles.

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    1. Beacon Bus 118 does Tavi->Oke->Bide->Barn
      I'm not sure if that's been re-tendered or not

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  2. feel sorry for people that gone get stuck with citybus ,there cant even trun up in Plymouth on bus route on time,or leave early

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    1. This contributes absolutely nothing to the discussion - it is just a rant against Citybus and seems to be one of many similarly poorly expressed and not backed up by anything remotely approaching a fact. Perhaps this contributor would like to give us all a break.

      Keith

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    2. Too right.
      PCB are expanding too much (getting more tenders in Cornwall too apparently). When they can't even manage to run all of their existing city services (look at how many buses have been off the road in Bretonside due to no driver this last month - the same as what happened last year), then how can they expect to be able to run more!?

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  3. 353 is fully painted and labelled one other is allover red one is still blue but none are photoable at the moment all in the workshops

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    1. if you are referring to the scania's they are numbered 370 - 373

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  4. Stagecoach operating from Okehampton towards Barnstaple service 75/75A

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  5. citybus are a joke buses not trun up or leave early .and when say about it citybus laugh ,and I have seen new drivers at first ,that used to drive for citybus ,that's first people leave citybus and take pay cut to go first bus says it all ,and makes u wonder if citybus is paying some one a back hander ,couse new tender routes devon ,north devon ,and cornwall bit funy how there are getting all tender work ,or it realy cheap ,then get foot on ladder push over buses out then put tender bids up ,

    I hard city bus gone millbrook funy ant it has first had that route for 26 years says it all ,

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    1. Totally agree. Worst bus service in uk and i have used lots
      they should sort out their Plymouth routes before expanding elsewhere
      they are always short of drivers as it is

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    2. we are gaining tenders to earn money to improve the rest of the business. we have a stream of applicants and are going through them atm.

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    3. One presumes you are gaining tenders to make more money for your shareholders. That is what you are in business for after all. If you weren't one presumes that you would be gaining tenders to increase your domination of the market further in and around Plymouth through the strategic winning of tenders at cost or even below.
      You do not need to gain tenders to fund the recruitment of sufficient drivers. No bus company has any excuse for being understaffed on anything but an exceptional basis. If you do not have enough staff to cover your existing work, or the combination of your existing work and new work, then you shouldn't be expanding. That would certainly be the view of the Traffic Commissioner.
      If you are an expansive business, as you state, then you should be making provision for having enough staff in hand to undertake your on going expansion, by having a buffer of staff.

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  6. 370 was parked at front of Milehouse depot today (Thursday) in full Citybus livery and looked very smart.

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  7. The 32 is waste of time and yet we still see Citybus are continuing with it?, can anyone shed any light on that? Millbrook and Looe i have heard about wont help much it will still be low useage. it annoys me seeing the 32s with 4x B7TLs on route wasted when on the 43/ 5/5A which i travel on are always full! Come On Citybus, Stop wasting time in Torpoint area and get some deckers on the 43/ 5/A!, 7 seater Taxis could run the 32!, Loads of people i know think the same and hate standing!, sounds harshbut thinking of the customers, many of which are elderly

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    1. The reason that double deckers are used on the 32 route is due to the ferry. The buses on the 5/5a route etc will not go on the ferry at low tide where as the double deckers will. There is always a reason why certain buses are on certain routes. Now that Citybus will be running the service 32A in place of the 81C there will be more deckers being used over there and the 32A appears to be continuing onto Liskeard as per the latest VOSA details.

      PH0000135/150 - PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA
      Variation Accepted by SN: Operating between Royal Parade and Torpoint HMS Raleigh given service number 32/32B effective from 01-Jun-2014. To amend Route and Timetable.

      PH0000135/159 - PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA
      Registration Accepted by SN
      Starting Point: Plymouth, Royal Parade
      Finish Point: Liskeard Railway Station
      Via: Torpoint, Downderry
      Service Number: 32A
      Service Type: Normal Stopping
      Effective Date: 01-JUN-2014
      Other Details: Monday to Saturday except bank holidays.

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    2. In That case why are they even bothering with the 32, surely stopping it totally would be the better option,32A would be better gong through Saltash- would be more popular!!

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  8. I think the answer to this ia twofold:
    - the service is with Citybus because they won a Cornwall Council tender; it seems odd going to Liskeard through Downderry, but it may be that Liskeard is a destination people in Downderry and Seaton want to go to. I don't think it's a link that has ever been made before as the First/WG 180/580 didn't go down to the coast.
    - Western Greyhound are already providing a link between Plymouth and Liskeard via Saltash.

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  9. Why is it such a big deal that the 32 is not heavily used, plymouth Citybus is expanding there network so as there is already another operator there it's not going to be popular straight away, if we remember when they went to saltash it was very underused but unlike first they tend to persevere and now has a fairly good footfall, I predict first will close there torpoint depot soon, it's been on the cards for years and this will be the tipping point, and run the 81 out of plymouth

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  10. Several years ago First did continue some services (81C I think) beyond Torpoint to Seaton/Downderry and Looe but withdrew them because of low passenger numbers . A-Line also used to operate a Trago service via Seaton/Downderry.

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