06 November 2014

VOSA October Part One

I am a bit behind on VOSA but have started my look back at October.

Applications To Vary Existing Services: VOSA 07 OCT 2014

PH0004983/35 - FIRST DEVON & CORNWALL LTD, THE RIDE, CHELSON MEADOW, PLYMOUTH, PL9 7JT Variation Accepted by SN: Operating between TORPOINT FERRY and PLYMOUTH Bus Station given service number 81/81A effective from 02-Nov-2014. To amend Timetable.

2 NOV 2014: First Torpoint 81 81A

Changes are being made to services operated by First in Torpoint provide better bus connections for staff and patients using the towns new health centre which is due to open in the New Year. From Sunday 2 November, changes to Services 81/81A from Plymouth to Torpoint and Inswork will enable journeys to serve the health centre in Trevol Road. 

The Monday to Friday timetable is being revised with most journeys now terminating at HMS Raleigh. Buses from Torpoint Ferry will serve Great Park every 30 minutes alternating with direct buses which will miss out Great Park on their way to HMS Raleigh. These will run to the ferry on their return. The Saturday timetable will remain unchanged apart from some slight re-timings to early evening services. The Sunday services will be unaffected by the changes. 

At the same time a new £1 fare (50p for those age 5-18 or NUS card holders of any age) will be introduced for all single trips on the 81/81A between the Torpoint Ferry Terminal (Torpoint side) and HMS Raleigh. Commenting on the changes, Paul Smith, First Devons Operations Manager said: "Feedback about these changes have been very positive so far. This is good news for Torpoint as it will mean staff and patients going to and from the health centre will have peace of mind in knowing that there will be regular bus services to ensure they arrive on time for work and for their appointments. 

"The other good news is that we are introducing a new £1 fare for all single trips within Torpoint and we hope this will encourage people, especially those who are not currently First customers or have not travelled on public transport for a while, to reconsider using our buses for their local journeys.' Customers wanting more information about the changes or wishing to view timetables for the affected services are advised to log onto: www.firstgroup.com/devon. First is also on Twitter and Facebook, at www.twitter.com/firstbus_devon and www.facebook.com/firstdevon

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There was going to be more this morning but I have run out of time! We will be caqtching up on Octobers activity over the next few days...

In The News

  • TELEGRAPH 5 NOV 2014: FirstGroup insists turnaround 'on track' as revenues slide 10.9pc Embattled transport company FirstGroup has told investors its turnaround plan is "on track" as it posted a 10.9pc fall in revenues. The bus and rail giant on Wednesday reported first half revenues of £2.9bn, 10.9pc lower than in the same period a year agoTim O'Toole, chief executive, said trading during the first half was "in line with our expectations for the Group and our transformation programmes continue to make progress as planned".

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  1. Surely First could refresh the interior of the Torpoint Tridents with Leather seating like they have done to the P&R fleet!

  2. Refurbishing programme is in place for the whole fleet apparently.

    1. As far as I know its only for the P&R fleet

  3. I'll believe that when I see it based on past record and how slow its taking in Somerset.Does it include all the new deadbeat buses they've brought in for their new Truro services.

    1. What vehicles have they acquired for the new Truro services ?

    2. It's only an increase of 4 PVR. 1 narrow 05 Solo from Bridgwater and 2 DDA MPDs from Plymouth. Aside from those they have enough but have a load of T reg Olympians which is presumably what is referred to above. Those are just speculative additions from within First for extra Truro College contracts and to replace any dead or nearly dead local Olympians. Also in is a 59 plate narrow short Solo.

  4. Hope you are right.


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