25 July 2019

Falcon Still Flying

It was way back in January 2016 that Stagecoach first showed off their new Falcon coaches

Stagecoach 54320 YY65VXV

They certainly had the wow factor!

Although there were many who doubted if the service would survive – its still going strong. However actually running a service like this must be hard work. We can see this now as almost every delay is published on Twitter in order to keep their passengers informed. They do a great job too. Although most of the delays this last few days has been caused by the emergency roadworks on the A38 we do see more and more breakdowns and other technical issues which cannot be surprising as these coaches are now over three years old operating a long route for twenty four hours a day – it must be taking its toll! Still full credit to Stagecoach for sticking with it and making it the success it seems to be.

Social Media

I have decided not to have one big weekly post for these as it takes a while to put together and sometimes important posts end up here too late for the event they are talking about! Instead I will be adding them every so often onto other posts or in their own right if there is something interesting to report.

Saturday 20 July

Cornwall by Kernow

  • Par Carnival 20/07/19. Apologies but all 24/25 services will be diverted from 1815 - 2030. They will be unable to serve Par Station, Par Green, Polmear Hill & Penhale Camp site during this time. All services will be diverted via St,Andrews Rd & Tywardreath in each direction.

Plymouth Citybus

  • SERVICE UPDATE: #PCB12A due to a breakdown in Callington the 0930 departure has been delayed. #PCB12 10am from Callington will be the next service towards Plymouth. Passengers in Ashton and St Dominick a replacement 12A bus will be running for you around 1020 from Callington.
  • Service update: We currently have a break down on the #PCB34 1145 from Derriford this service is not curently running. #PCB9 also has a flat tyre on North Hill a replacement bus is on the way we apologise for any inconvenince and delay to your journey
  • Service update: at 1715 no major issues on our network most services are within 5 mins of expected time or less. In Cornwall #PCB73 has delays of 15 mins all other services running well. Enjoy your Saturday evening! Stoke Fete tomorrow diversions for #PCB34 #PCB70A from 7am.
  • Stoke Village Sunday: There is an event on meaning no buses will service Stoke on Sunday between 700-1900. #PCB34 will use Molesworth Rd Valletort Rd and Garfield Tce and #PCB70A will use Valletort Rd etc in both directions towards Albert Rd and in reverse to the city centre.

Stagecoach SW

  • PLYMOUTH the 1640 2A service from Royal Parade to Sherford is not running due to a breakdown, we are sorry for the delays.
  • PLYMOUTH the 1700 200 service from Royal Parade is not running due to technical difficulties, we are sorry for the delays.

South West Falcon

  • #PLYMOUTH due to technical difficulties the 1900 falcon service is running 45 minutes late, we are sorry for the delays

Sunday 21 July

Cornwall by Kernow

  • The 14:05 A5 Newquay to Padstow will be leaving 20 minutes late due to the driver requiring his legal break. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Stagecoach SW

  • #Barnstaple Due to parked cars by the cricket club on Golf links road, the 21 services from Westward ho will be operating on the one way system on Nelson road until further notice. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

South West Falcon

  • #Plymouth the 2030 into Plymouth from Bristol airport at 1730 is currently having technical issues which is stopping the coach from moving. We will keep you all updated.
  • Plymouth All passengers that where due into plymouth at 2025 will now arrive at 2105. However this has not effected any other Falcon service

Monday 22 July

Stagecoach SW

  • Due to an Accident '2' Services are now on diversion between Exminster & Teignmouth Via A380, Ware Cross & A379 '2B' Services will still be running through to Dawlish as normal & there will also be a '2' Service running to Dawlish only between the '2B' Service.
  • #Exeter due to an RTC on the A379 at teignmouth, routes 2, 2B, 22 and 222 are on dversion:
  • #Barnstaple Services 85, 319 will operate via Fremington & Instow due to A39 Link Road closure.
  • #Barnstaple Services 5B, 21 & 21A suffering with delays due to traffic being diverted via Bickington & Fremington following A39 North Devon Link Road closure. Sorry for any inconvenience.
  • Barnstaple 155 1715 Barnstaple - South Molton will not operate. the next service to South Molton will be 1735. Sorry for any inconvenience
  • #Barnstaple 21A 1710 Barnstaple - West Meadow Road & 1739 West Meadow Road - Barnstaple will not operate due to traffic congestion in Fremington & Bickington. Sorry for any inconvenience

Plymouth Citybus

  • Service 12/12A #PCB12 will be on diversion due to a road closure at St.Mellion until further notice We will instead be diverting from Callington via Liskeard inbound to Plymouth only please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Service update: #PCB12 #PCB12A St Mellion is now re opened with temporary lights. In Plymouth buses are currently NOT servicing Transit Way due to an RTC blocking the exit. Sorry for any inconvenience.
  • SERVICE UPDATE : We are sorry but the #PCB28A will remian on diversion around Widey Lane and not service Charfield Drive now until 1700 due to over running road works. We apologise for any inconvenince. #PCB28 is running normal route and can service Charfield Drive.

Cornwall by Kernow

  • 07.52 T2 Camborne to St Ives is running 15 mins late due to electrical fault
  • Accident at Nancegollan road closed 38 is delayed.

South West Falcon

  • #PLYMOUTH the 1625 service from Bristol Airport is running 50 minutes late due to congestion in Bristol, we are sorry for the delays.
  • #PLYMOUTH the 1720 service from Plymouth is running 20 minutes late, we are sorry for the delays.
  • #PLYMOUTH the 1730 service from Exeter is not running due to technical difficulties, passengers are advised to wait for the following service, we are sorry for the delays

Tamar Coaches

Tuesday 23 July

Cornwall by Kernow

  • Due to a minor RTA the 0813 21 service from St Austell to Newquay has not yet departed. A replacement us is on the way and the service will run as soon as possible, probably around 25 to 30 minutes late. Apologies to all passengers
  • I am sorry that the Falmouth town service 35 is unable to serve the loop around Acacia Road In Trescobeas estate at the moment, this is due to emergency roadworks. I am very sorry for the inconvenience caused

South West Falcon

  • The falcon that was due to leave Bristol at 01:30 and Bristol airport at 02:00 is delayed due to mechanical issues and will be departing around 30 minutes late. \sorry for the inconvenience.
  • #Plymouth One lane closed and slow traffic due to emergency repairs on A38 both ways between Plymouth Road (Lee Mill) and B3213 (Ivybridge). Lane two (of two) is closed. Severe delays of twelve minutes and delays increasing on A38 Eastbound between B3416 Deep Lane (Deep Lane Junction) and Cadleigh Lane (Cadleigh / Westlake Turn Off). Average speed ten mph.
  • Plymouth 0900 off Plymouth is currently delayed by about half hour and this could increase due to the issues on the A38. Sorry for the inconvenience.
  • PLYMOUTH the 0900 falcon service from Plymouth is running 25 minutes late due to the traffic on the A38, we are sorry for the delays.
  • PLYMOUTH the 1100 falcon is running an hour late due to the A38 delays, we are sorry for the delays

Stagecoach SW

  • Plymouth 52 service from George lane 0626 to Derriford currently is not running due to technical difficulties we are working towards getting this sorted soon.
  • Due to a breakdown we have only got 2 services running in brixham at the moment sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Plymouth Citybus

  • Service update: The 0632 service 33 #PCB33 from Milehouse will not be running due to a breakdown. The next departure from Royal Parade will be at 0655. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • SERVICE UPDATE #PCB16 TUESDAY 0930-1530. Due to road works on Trevithick Road this service will divert via Kings Tamerton Road in BOTH directions turning at the roundabout at the end of Roman Way during these times. Sorry for any inconvenience.
  • Good Morning : Customer Experience are now open and here to take your calls on 01752 662271 or customer.experience@plymouthbus.co.uk Service update: All services are running some minor delays #PCB20A is being delayed by upto 20 mins due to a lane closure at Lee Mill on A38. ^JB
  • Service update : #PCB20A we are sorry for any inconvenince caused by the delays to this service due to the A38 being down to one lane and traffic tail backs as far as Plympton Deep Lane as a result. We are doing our best to maintain service but there are sever delays as a result.
  • SERVICE UPDATE:Unfortunately we do have some delays on routes upto 20 mins this evening on the network a lot of services are very busy. All services are running please be patient our drivers are working hard to get to everyone. Customer Experience are open until 6pm back at 8am.
  • Update this evening .. The Viaduct, will be closed in both directions from 11pm to 6am, The last through #PCB21 #PCB50 should be allowed across services terminating at Royal Parade from Exeter S will terminate at Charles Street C1. #PCB34 Manadon flyover closed too from 630pm.

Wednesday 24 July

Plymouth Citybus

  • Service update: The 0815 service 42 #PCB42 from Royal Parade will not be running due to a breakdown. The next departure from Royal Parade will be at 0845. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Service update: #PCB12 #PCB12A services are being delayed by temporary lights and slow moving traffic in St Mellion. The 10.00 #PCB12 from Plymouth is currently 1hr late this is also the 11.25 #PCB12B Launceston-Bude. #PCB12B 12.30 Bude-Launceston will also be late. We apologise. Further service update : #PCB12 #PCB12A #PCB12B #Cornwall At Carkeel the A388 has been closed due to an accident between the Carkeel Roundabout and Hatt. It's likely to back up fast and is affecting traffic heading between Launceston and Saltash.Sorry for the inconvenience caused

Cornwall by Kernow

  • I am sorry that the Falmouth town service 35 is unable to serve the loop around Acacia Road In Trescobeas estate at the moment, this is due to emergency roadworks. I am very sorry for the inconvenience caused
  • Service 102.Unfortunately the vehicle operating this route has a water leak. Engineers are on the way,but it does mean the 10:45 St Austell to Heligan, will not be running. The 11:18 Heligan to St Austell may be delayed too but we will let you know closer to the time.
  • 47 service Camborne-Truro-Camborne is unable to serve Dolcoath Road due to a road works cover coming loose and exposing a hole in the road. We will keep you updated as to when it is serviceable.

Megabus UK

  • M6 01:00 Plymouth to London service delay due to the coach suffering a puncture, a replacement coach is on route, update of delay to follow, stops affected are, Bristol 04:10 Bristol UWE 04:25 London 07:00
  • The 08:00 service from London to Plymouth will depart London 40 minutes late due to an earlier breakdown. Stops affected: Bristol UWE: 10:30 Bristol: 11:00 Exeter: 13:05 Plymouth University: 14:15 Plymouth: 14:25

Stagecoach SW

  • #Barnstaple Due to a fallen tree just past Weare Giffard, 5B and 75 services will be unable to service normal route until further notice, sorry for the inconvenience.
  • #Barnstaple Due to a breakdown the 0735 15C from Bideford to East the Water will be operatring 15-20 minutes late due to a breakdown, sorry for the inconvenience.
  • Barnstaple Due to a breakdown 0817 155 from Swimbridge to South Molton will be operating 15-20 Minutes late, sorry for any inconvenience.


  1. Will you still be doing the throwback friday photo?

  2. This is very good service and deserves to succeed. Good on Stagecoach for sticking with it. On other side of coin o note pcb on vosa state OCS service cancelled at end of August?

  3. Loads of changes from Citybus in September including withdrawal of the OCS service and axing of evening and Saturday services on PR3 returning to same service provided by Target before.

  4. It’s not uncommon for an open top sight seeing your to be cancelled when the summer tourist season comes to an end.

    1. True but it stares on website runs all year around. I suspect it is not paying its way as very expensive imo

    2. True, but the OCS website specifically says it's a year-round service. Which I did think was brave, can't imagine there'd be many takers when it's lashing it down over winter. I guess they've had second thoughts about that.


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