Its been an open secret for some time now but Stagecoach’s plans for Plymouth include a brand new Plymouth - Exeter - Bristol service.
The always entertaining (and opinionated!) Public Transport Experience blog has the details we have all be waiting for:
The "South West Falcon" will provide a regular city link from Plymouth to the centre of Bristol calling at Exeter Park & Ride, Taunton Park & Ride,Bristol Airport and selected villages on the A38/M5/A38 corridor on a turn-up and go basis
More information will follow in the coming weeks, but we also wanted to share a sneak peak at the brand new 15 metre Volvo B11R / Plaxton Elite coaches that we will be running on the service in a striking gun metal grey livery with blue and green relief, and are nearing completition at the factory.
We atill await full details and timetables, and more importantly the fares for this ambitious new service. Calling in at the Exeter and Taunton Park & Ride sites rather than in their centres is an interesting choice in that it keeps the overall journey times down but does make it less conveniant for passengers in those towns. Maybe in Exeter at least they will come up with some through fares connecting up with local buses, although not sure if that will be possible in Taunton.
So, will it work? I for one certainly hope so and look forward to trying the service out when it starts. More details as they get released will appear here (and on Public Transport Experience!)