14 October 2014

Citybus Changes Part One

The next set of timetable changes have been announced by Plymouth Citybus : Plymouth Citybus Service changes to commence from the 23rd November 2014. Plymouth Citybus is to make a number of changes to its bus network from the 23rd November 2014. Many of the changes being done to improve overall reliability in particular Services 42, 29/A and the Service 34. Below are details of our changes:


Service 5 5A:

Route changes: Cornwall Council through their contractor Cormac has agreed to make changes on Barkers Hill to enable our services to return to this part of Saltash. We are also extending our services to include Lynher Drive and Frobisher Drive. Service 5 within Saltash will operate from Saltash Fore Street into St Stephens Road then Beatrice Avenue, Frobisher Drive, Spencer Gardens, Lynher Drive, Broad Walk then as per current route to Latchbrook. Service 5A will operate from Latchbrook then as per current route into Maybrook Drive, then Fairway, Back Hill, Barkers Hill, St Stephens Road, Broad Walk, Spencer Gardens, Lynher Drive, Beatrice Avenue then as per current route to Saltash Fore Street, Plymouth City Centre and Plymstock. Time and Frequency changes: No changes to the frequency Monday to Friday with the frequency on Saturdays changed to provide a combined bus of up to every 15 minutes for most of the day with evening Services on Saturdays brought into line with evening services Monday to Friday. (evening Service 5A withdrawn from Saltash) The changes to the 5/A together with the changes to Services 43, 29/A create a bus up to every 5 minutes between St Budeaux Square and the City Centre which provides a better spread of services in this part of the City.


Service 14

Route changes: None. Time and Frequency changes: To stretch out the supported funding available for this service working with the City Council it has been agreed to make a number of adjustments to this service. These changes should enable the service to remain in operation much longer that had the service continued without these changes. Some early morning and late evening journeys are to be withdrawn. For alternative services please see Service 21/A for travel into Devonport and Plympton, Service 34 for travel to Derriford Hospital and Service 5/A for journeys into Plymstock.


Service 20

Route changes: The section of route from Lee Mill to Ivybridge via Beech Road is not really suitable for large buses. At the same time we have had a number of requests to better serve Tesco Lee Mill. The route has been revised and shortened within Ivybridge with the service no longer serving the Eastern part of Ivybridge (see changes to Service 45). Service to be withdrawn from Beech Road and Woodland Road (connecting Lee Mill and Ivybridge) and is to instead operate its current route from Plymouth to Lee Mill, into Tesco Lee Mill then via the A38 to Ivybridge, running the reverse on its return journey. Time and Frequency changes: Slight changes to journey times to address issues with the buses waiting time in Moorland Road and Plympton Mudge Way. Services in the main will depart Royal Parade at 20 and 50 past the hour with journeys from Plympton Mudge Way departing 22 and 57 past the hour (28 and 58 past the hour from St Mary’s Bridge bus stop).


Service 27

Route Changes: Extension of route Monday to Friday with service extended hourly in the off peak from Deer Park to Derriford Hospital. This service will operate from Deer Park via Culver Way, Charfield Drive, Church Hill (between Charfield Drive and Fort Austin Avenue) and Bowden Cross to Crownhill and Derriford. Time and Frequency changes: Changes to departure times as a result to changes in the Service 34 timetable.


Service 28 28A 28B

Route Changes: Extension of route Monday to Friday with service extended hourly in the off peak from Deer Park to Derriford Hospital. This service will operate from Deer Park via Culver Way, Charfield Drive, Church Hill (between Charfield Drive and Fort Austin Avenue) and Bowden Cross to Crownhill and Derriford. Time and Frequency changes: Changes to departure times as a result to changes in the Service 34 timetable.


Service 29/A

Route Changes: None Time and Frequency changes: Service 29/A has found it very challenging keeping to time during the Monday to Friday peak travel to work times. To address this, up to an additional 10 minutes per journey has been applied to a number of peak time journeys. A number of early morning and mid evening journeys have had their departure times adjusted in order to fit in the extra time. Journey times on the Service 29/A have been adjusted to better pace services through Milehouse and Victoria Road. Saturday services will provide a bus up to every 5 minutes for most of the day between St Budeaux and the City Centre with Services 5/A and the Service 43, and every 7/8 minutes along Victoria Road with the Service 43. (every 5/10 minutes Monday to Fridays).


Service 32 32A 32B

Route Changes: None Time and Frequency changes: Service 32 has been re-timed to improve the connections with the Cremyll Ferry. Service 32A has been re-timed with all journeys departing Liskeard 5 minutes earlier than current. This change enables the Plymouth and Liskeard bound services to meet each other in Portwinkle village with an improved wait period. Service 32B with the 18:27 service to re routed to operate via Crafthole.

Part two of these changes to follow tomorrow...

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