29 September 2014

A week on VOSA

It seems that the VOSA website is now working properly again so I have been able to go back through September to see what is happening. Lets start off with the first week of September on VOSA :

We start with a batch of applications to change the timetable of Stagecoach X9 Bude to Exeter service:

Applications to Vary Existing Service: VOSA 01 Sep 2014

PH1020951/183 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A Stagecoach South West, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB Variation Accepted: Operating between Holsworthy and Bude given service number X9 effective from 27-Oct-2014. To amend Timetable.

Applications to Vary Existing Service: VOSA 01 Sep 2014

PH1020951/184 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A Stagecoach South West, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB Variation Accepted: Operating between Okehampton and Holsworthy given service number X9 effective from 27-Oct-2014. To amend Timetable.

Applications to Vary Existing Service: VOSA 01 Sep 2014

PH1020951/185 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A Stagecoach South West, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB Variation Accepted: Operating between Exeter and Okehampton given service number X9 effective from 27-Oct-2014. To amend Timetable

The X9

X9 by Nick Rice (cc) January 2013

We then get a new school service: CountryBus 913

Registration of New Services VOSA: 02 SEP 2014


Starting Point: Totnes Finish Point: South Dartmoor Academy Via: South Brent
Service Number: 913 Service Type: Normal Stopping Effective Date: 02-SEP-2014
Other Details: Monday to Friday schooldays only.

And then on the same day we get a less than helpful notice for First Devon PR1: PH0004983/278 - FIRST DEVON & CORNWALL LTD, THE RIDE, CHELSON MEADOW, PLYMOUTH, PL9 7JT Variation Accepted:

err, that's it!

The first week of September (31st August - 6th September) also saw quite a few timetable changes with Plymouth Citybus Blue Flash 42 among the mix from the 31st August. Monday 1st September saw major changes across the First Kernow network and also Stagecoach Devon had a few changes from this date too. Coming up shortly we will have a look at the second week of September on VOSA

Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on the sister Plymothian Bus Services site where I try to keep tabs on all the routes in the area. Part of this project has been to define what the Plymothian Transit 'area' actually is. Its not an exact definition by any means, but I tend to draw a circle around Plymouth roughly linking Liskeard, Launceston, Okehampton, Newton Abbot, Totnes, and Dartmouth. Any bus services within this circle, or extending outwards from these points is included. This is the area I now cover on Plymothian Transit and on the PT Bus Services web site. I am currently looking back at the first half of 2003 and adding all the VOSA notices to the site which should build up into a full detailed history of all our bus services. Clearly this is a major project which will take a long time to finish!

Recommended Reading

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1 comment:

  1. X9 - Stagecoach are moving the Exeter based bus to Bude outstation. The changes are delete 06:35 from Exeter as far as Holsworthy and also delete Okehampton 21:00 return to Exeter. Add extension of 19:55 from Exeter beyond Okehampton to Bude at 22:04. Otherwise unchanged. This is back to the First service and even back to the Jennings service except the evening round trip had reduced to summer Fridays only (1993). (Traveline south timetable)


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