24 May 2014

New routes and times from Sunday

There are quite a few route and timetable changes this weekend, some of which have been covered here, but lets have a round up as from Sunday 25th...

4: Plymouth City Centre - Milehouse - Keyham

The timetable has been altered and journeys will be running 10 minutes later than before. Service 4 continues to run every 20 minutes during the day from Monday to Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sundays and public holidays plus in the early evening. There are some great value fares on service 4: Queens House/Milehouse (for Life Centre) to City centre single £1 (child/NUS 50p), return £1.50 (child/NUS 75p) Station Road/St Levan Gate/St Levan Road to City Centre single £1.60 (child/NUS 80p), return £2.10 (child/NUS £1.05)


This is only really changed because the service 15 times have changed as most (?) services interwork both services.

11: Plymouth City Centre - Derriford - Tavistock - Okehampton

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.



Its not just First who see changes this weekend. Plymouth Citybus start operations on their new 11 service which extends out to Okehampton and beyond. At first glance the timetable looks quite complicated but thats only because they have incorporated a few school journies into the timetable.

12: Plymouth City Centre - Tavistock

Service 12 New Timetable


The timetable for the 12 only changes in that there is no Sunday service anymore. Actully the Sunday service to Tavistock is replaced by the 11 although it does run a different route in Plymouth. I do hope that Citybus have had plenty of notices on their buses as you wouldnt know of this change from their web site. The timetable on their web site is also slightly wrong in that there is a school bus run in there which clearly does not run on Sundays!

15: Plymouth City Centre - Mutley - Derriford Hospital - Marjon - The George - Woolwell

Combined with service 86 the 15 now offers up to 5 buses an hour from The George junction to Derriford Hospital at peak the morning and afternoon on weekdays. This is especially good news now parking has been dramatically reduced at the hospital (and the price increased!) Plus more service 15 buses serve the actual George Park & Ride site so less of a walk to catch the bus once youve parked (plus you can keep warm and dry in the office if its not such great weather!) Outside of the peak rush hours the 15, combined with the 86, will offer a 20 minute frequency between Woolwell and the City Centre. On Saturdays, combined with 86 the 15 offers a us every 30 minutes between Woolwell Roundabout and City Centre (or hourly travel to/from Woolwell School Drive).

Parking at Derriford Hospital making you sick?! Heres the remedy: its only £1 return between The George and Marjon or Derriford Hospital on the 15! Plus if youre coming back from Derriford Hospital or Marjon after the 15 finishes you can use your return ticket on service 86 which run hourly in the evenings on until 0004 from Derriford Hospital or 0006 from Marjon (youll need to get off at the bus stop outside the George hotel)


You can see one of the main drivers behind these changes in the last paragraph above. They are really pushing to get the Derriford Hospital trafic with a massive increase in services actually coming into the hospital site. It wasnt that long ago that they took nearly all their Tavistock buses out of Derriford. Note the reduction to the Woolwell service on Saturdays - down to hourly on the last section of the route.

48: Plymouth - Plymstock - Wembury (plus journeys on to Burrator on Sundays)

During the summer season (from 25 May until mid September in 2014) one service 48 trip a day will extend from Burrator to Exeter on Sundays and public holidays. This additional journey will see the frequency from Wembury to Burrator changed to run roughly 2 hourly, but will give better travel options for customers. This is at the request of Devon County Council and Plymouth City Council.


The welcome return of the 82 service, albeit now called the 48! There is though a reduction in the Burrator service which is now two hourly rather than every hour as before.

75B: Okehampton Great Torrington Barnstaple

Service 75B New Timetable on Sundays



This is the Sunday only service which is run off the 11 after Okehampton. It would be nice to see a bit more publicity from Citybus on these new services. Apart from the timetable which is combined with the already complicated service 11 timetable its not that easy to see. There is no indication of what tickets are available for the service either. It would be nice to see a day ticket which can be used. Can the all zones ticket go out that far?

83 83A 84 86: Plymouth - Tavistock

During peak morning and afternoon times we will be running up to four buses an hour between Tavistock and Plymouth City Centre (with two service 86 buses serving Derriford Hospital). Outside of the busier morning and afternoon rush hours we will continue to provide three service 83 buses each hour with an hourly service 86. Service 86 will also serve the George Park & Ride site outside of the peak rush hours for buses to Marjons and Derriford Hospital.
In the evening service 86 buses now run via Mutley Plain instead of Milehouse. This is following numerous customer requests and comments. We continue to run way into the evening with the last buses from Plymouth City Centre leaving at 23:45 and from Tavistock bus station leaving at 22:50. On Sundays service 83s will now be numbered as 83As since they also serve Derriford Hospital. Service 84 is no longer running due to the Devon County Council support being withdrawn.


As detailed above this is the welcome return of regular buses into Derriford Hospital. I am sure its no coincidence thaqt Plymouth Citybus have started their 11 service...

93: Plymouth - Plymstock - Modbury - Kingsbridge - Dartmouth

The Sunday and public holiday timetables are back for the summer season from Sunday 25 May to Sunday 14 September 2014.

We have a great value weekly ticket on the Mayflower Link service 93. At just £27 you can travel on the 93 as many times as you like during a seven day period. That works out as little as £3.86 a day!


Its nice to see a Sunday service back on. Just dont look to Traveline as there is no mention of it there! (most unusual, and a shame as I prefer their timetables as the First ones dont print out so well

187 - Gunnislake to Okehampton

The Sunday and public holiday timetables will be reinstated for the whole of the summer period up to and including 14 September 2014.


Summer Sunday service back for another year.

In The News

THE Department for Transport has announced that Govia is the winner of the new Thameslink contract. The new franchise is the largest ever let, and will carry more passengers than any other. The routes involved currently carry around 273 million passengers a year. Govia is a joint venture with 65 per cent owned by Go-Ahead Group and the rest by French transport operator Keolis. The decision has come as a blow to FirstGroup, which has been operating the Thameslink network as First Capital Connect since April 2006. RAIL NEWS

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