27 January 2015

Devon Transit

Devon Transit 002

Alternates with Cornwall Transit every Tuesday. ( Previous report: Devon Transit 001) .


A small batch of new timetables started from the 19th January:
  • 19 JAN 2015 Service X46 Exeter - Torquay - Paignton We're also introducing a new X46 timetable. We've retimed journeys to to better take into account the delays we have encountered during to the construction of the South Devon Link Road and Splatford Split widening. To provide the necessary time and maintain the current frequency, daytime buses will no longer serve Paignton as easy connections with the 12, 22 and Stagecoach Gold between Torquay and Paignton are readily available. Several journeys will still run to/from Paignton at the start and end of the day for commuters into Exeter.
Stagecoach X46 Big cat purrrrfect!
Photo credit: Nick Rice under Creative Commons Licence.

It was way back in 2007 that these impressive beasts could be found on the X46. Nowadays you might get a Gold Scania if you are lucky...

  • 19 JAN 2015 Service X64 Exeter - Newton Abbot - Totnes - Salcombe The X64 will be extended from Totnes to Dartmouth to replace the Totnes - Dartmouth section of Stagecoach Gold and give Dartmouth residents direct, through connections to Totnes, Newton Abbot and Exeter up to every hour Monday to Saturday. For commuters travelling from Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton to Exeter, there will also be a later evening journey back from Exeter bus station which will depart at 1915. Some morning journeys will leave earlier to allow more time to get through the roadworks at Splatford Split. The new X64 timetable keeps all of the key morning and evening connections between Dartmouth and Totnes that are currently part of the Gold timetable. This has already been covered on Plymothian Transit.
  • 19 JAN 2015 Service GOLD Torquay - Paignton - Totnes - South Brent - Plymouth From 19th January 2015 we're increasing our Sunday service between Torquay, Totnes and Plymouth to every hour. Stagecoach Gold will also no longer serve Dartmouth. Instead customers will be able to use our X64 service which will also provide an additional link direct to Exeter. The revised Gold route will also no longer serve Dukes Road in Totnes. Customers can continue to catch Gold from Higher Westonfields which is a short walk away and local community operator, Bob the Bus, will still operate along Dukes Road. As with the X64 this has already been covered by Plymothian Transit
  • 19 JAN 2015 Service 110 Torquay - Paignton - Totnes . No details but a New timetable introduced for this schools service
  • 19 JAN 2015 Service 13 Paignton - Brixham . Route 13 The 1650 and the 1805 from South Devon College and 1625 and 1715 from Brixham will no longer run. New timetable
  • 19 JAN 2015 Service 23 South Devon College - Goodrington - Paignton. Service 23 The Mon-Fri 1740 service from South Devon College will no longer run. New timetable

Stagecoach M&S

Stagecoach have taken on the Marks & Spencer services from the 19th January previously operated by Countrybus: SC MS1 SC MS2 SC MS3 SC MS4 SC MS5


The 21st January saw one VOSA notice posted by Stagecoach

PH1020951/167 - STAGECOACH DEVON LTD T/A Stagecoach South West, BELGRAVE ROAD, EXETER, EX1 2LB

Variation Accepted by SN: Operating between Exeter St Davids Station and Exmouth Bus Station given service number 56/56A effective from 23-Feb-2015. To amend Timetable.

Turners Tours

A short notice registration appeared on VOSA for a service 859 Turners 859

Greens Play Politics

13 JAN 2015 Exeter Express and Echo GREEN Party Leader Natalie Bennett is to visit Exeter and talk with Stagecoach bosses about the party’s policies on public transport. It follows the announcement last week of a Green manifesto pledge to reduce public transport fares by 10 per cent. Ms Bennett, members of Exeter Green Party and transport campaigners also hope to discuss the growth of Exeter and development of the new bus station and the impact it will have on bus services for the area. "Like other major transport operators, we have hedging arrangements in place which fixes the price of our fuel in advance. This is designed to protect customers and our business from fluctuations in the price of oil and provide greater certainty in financial planning. Almost all of our fuel requirement in the current 2014-15 financial year is already fixed at a level that is significantly higher than the current market price, which has dropped considerably in recent months. That means we get virtually no benefit from recent falls in the price of oil

Crediton Cut Backs

25 JAN 2015 Mid Devon Gazette SHOPPERS in Crediton are to lose a bus service which provides a vital lifeline for hundreds of people as funding to run the route is withdrawn. The 341 and 342 service which provides a link to the town's Tesco store from various parts of the town via the railway station, is to cease from Saturday, March 14. Devon county council figures show the route carries fewer than 1,000 one-way passenger trips a year. The services currently complete around 9,750 one-way passenger trips a year -an average of 31 per day – at a total cost of £64,974.

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  1. My wife has been sent an email by Devon CC asking for her views on proposed cost saving changes to the Devon CC tendered bus network. Details of the proposed changes may be found at http://new.devon.gov.uk/publictransportbudget/

    1. I also have it and will be looking at some of the proposals this week!


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