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The weekly look at service changes across Devon & Cornwall. Due to the sheer size of the task, and the fact that my pc is running like a dog and taking ages to process anything, the posting will be slip into a few parts. Today we have the First Kernow routes. Tomorrow hopefully we will have Stagecoach and then finally Plymouth Citybus and the other operators with service changes on the 26th May, (although with a week to go Plymouth Citybus have yet to mention anything about their service changes…)
As usual please click through on the Licence number for more details and full route histories on the PTBS web site. Links to Traveline and other timetables and maps are provided below where possible, but always check with the operators own web site for up to date information before you travel!
The following service changes are planned for this coming week Monday 20 May to Sunday 26 May First South West Ltd • PH0004983 • KERNOW
The main timetable will only have minor changes but some journeys will be extended beyond Camelford to Delabole in place of route 96. Two journeys in each direction will continue beyond Delabole to Port Isaac, Polzeath, Rock and Wadebridge on route 96.
Mondays to Saturdays. There will be an hourly service in each direction every day. Some journeys will be renumbered 86 and run between Cubert and Shortlanesend via Perranpoth instead of St Newlyn East. This will restore a link between Crantock, Cubert and Perranporth and also provide some direct journeys between Perranpoth and Truro.
Sundays. Summer buses every two hours between Newquay and Holywell Bay
95 No change to the overall level of service but the times of all journeys will be varied to improve reliability. There will continue to be connections at St Columb Major to and from Newquay (route 93) and at Wadebridge to and from Rock, Polzeath and Port Isaac (route 96)
Mondays to Saturdays: Minor timing changes at most points. There will be an extra journey from Wadebridge to Polzeath and back in July and August. Two journeys in each direction will continue beyond Delabole to Camelford and Bodmin on route 55.
Sundays: Every two hours and extended beyond Delabole to Camelford, Tintagel, Boscastle and Bude
Daily service with one journey from Newquay to St Ives and back and extra journeys from Gwithian and Hayle Towans. In July and August there will also be a morning journey from St Ives to Newquay with a return afternoon trip.
A2: Hourly service daily with open top double deck buses. Most journeys continue to Land’s End on route A3. Evening journeys to St Ives Holiday Village will be on route A17.
A17: Very few changes from the winter timetable except that there will be Sunday evening journeys from Penzance to St Ives and back. Also most evening journeys throughout the week will serve St Ives Holiday Village.
The last week on social media and elsewhere from the local operators and others that you might have missed for the week just gone 4th - 10th May:
Saturday 4 May
We are unfortunately not able to operate the service 9 due to depart the city centre for Efford at 18:35. The next Efford service will be the service 8 at 19:05. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.
We are unfortunately unable to operate the Service 43 journeys due to depart the City Centre for Ernesettle at 18:30 & 19:30. The next service 43 in each case will be 30 minutes later. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.
As an update to our previous post the 19.30 service 43 departing the city centre will run as scheduled thanks to a driver working over their time. The 18.30 will still be unable to operate and the next service will be at 19.00. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Due To Mechanical Failure 09.35 47 Service From Truro Is Not Running At The Moment Will keep You Up To Date On This. Just To Let you know The 09.35 47 Services From Truro Is Up And Running It Is Running About 20Mins Late (JC)
Service 87, the 1121 from St Agnes to Truro is currently being delayed by a badly parked car on British Road, St Agnes blocking part of the highway. We apologise for this delay which is beyond our control.
PLYMOUTH the 1015 1 service from Tavistock will not be running due to technical issues, we are sorry for the delays
#Paignton Currently a incident between Collation St.Mary - Tweenaway Cross. The Police have currently closed the A385 Totnes Rd in both directions, We will update you as more information becomes available.
Sunday 5 May
We are unfortunately not able to operate the Service 16 due to depart the City Centre for Kings Tamerton at 16:32. The next Service 16 will be at 17:02. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.
We are unfortunately not able to operate the Service 33 due to depart the City Centre for Keyham at 17:17. The next Service 33 will be at 17:47. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.
U1 14:35 off Truro will be running late due to a third party accident. Heads up this may have affect on the following U1 & U2 services
What a lovely day why not have a ride on a open top bus from Penzance to st ives or st ives to lands end
Exeter - Due to operational issues the 10:49 'R' Service from Heavitree Bridge to the City Centre Isn't running, the Service will resume as normal from the High Street at 11:08. Passengers are advised to catch the 10:47 or 11:00 'S' Service from Lidl, Our apologies.
Barnstaple Due to heavy traffic in Braunton Service 21 and 21a are suffering delays of 20 mins.
Monday 6 May
Camborne x the 0612 47 to Troon is running 5 mins late as we had a bit of a leak(cp)
Route 223 to Truro College. We have a poorly driver this morning. A substitute is on his way but there will be a delay of around 15 minutes. We are very sorry X
Exeter - 08:45 5'5C' Service will be leaving Paris St Approx. 15Mins Late, Sorry for any Inconvenience!
Exeter - Due to a vehicle breakdown the 08:23 'E' Service from Exwick to the High Street is not running, our apologies. #Exeter - Due to a vehicle breakdown the 08:52 'E' Service from Exwick to Lancelot Road is not running, our apologies. Exeter - Due to a vehicle breakdown the 09:07 'E' Service from Lancelot road to Exwick is not running, our apologies. Exeter - Due to a vehicle breakdown the 09:44 'F2' Service from Exwick to the High Street is not running, our apologies. The service will resume in the High street at 10:08 to Pinhoe.
Tuesday 7 May
We are getting reports of an incident at Royal William Yard which is delaying the current OCS trip and the inbound Service 34 from Derriford at 1215. This could affect the 1325 service 34 departing Royal Parade as well both buses are stuck there at this moment. We do apologise. Service update Royal William Yard is now returning to normal sorry for any inconvenience.
Customer services will be closing shortly at 5pm today when the shop will take on answering any calls until 6pm on the usual number. We look forward to speaking to you again tomorrow from 8am on 01752 662271. Have a pleasant evening.
St Austell, RTC on lower South Street close to the Meva Roundabouts. All our services in St Austell are either delayed or diverted by this incident.
Sadly the service 5 - Penzance to Lower Sheffield at 17:20 is running 25 minutes late due to a passenger falling ill . We have got another vehicle to replace this
Exeter - Due to congestion 09:44 'F2' Service from the High Street to Exwick is not running, our apologies.
Wednesday 8 May
Service Update : Service 41 from Royal Parade at 0835 unfortunately has broken down and will not be running. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Due to a RTC blocking Saltash Rd, services 5/5A & 21/21A are diverting via St Levan Rd & Wolseley Rd in both directions to/from Camels head. We currently have buses stuck which will cause disruption to these services. - Saltash Rd has now re-opened with buses returning to normal working. there will be a short period of disruption to services 5/5A, 21/21A whilst we try to get the stuck buses back to normal service. thank you for your patience
Due to operational problems the service 70B due to depart Royal Parade at 18:20 will operate approximately 20 minutes late. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Ready to shiver your timbers and embrace your inner Jack Sparrow at the annual Plymouth Pirate Weekend this weekend?
Service 214A, Par-Truro College. Morning all! Please look out for a yellow Bendy Bus on this service this morning. (AK)
07.13 46 service Redruth to Truro is running 10 mins late due to accident damage on issued vehicle so vehicle changed (RG)
Truro college students', please be aware that the 226 dupe from Quintrell downs to college will not be running this morning, please catch the main 226
07.05/08.05 M6 Penzance to Mousehole services are not running due to vehicle being used to cover school service
Accident on A39 between Playing place and Truro is currently blocked all college services and U1 services using this road will be delayed(RG) Due to the accident on the A39 between Playing Place and Truro U1 services are know running late this is having a knock on affect for the U2 services as well (RG)
Sadly the L1 service from Cornwall College to the Lizard is running an hour late due to a breakdown. The service is now up and running. Sorry for the delay.
#Barnstaple Due to a breakdown the 0643 5b from Bideford Quay will be delayed 30mins. Sorry for any inconvenience
#Exeter - Due to a vehicle breakdown the 07:00 '2' service from Kingsteignton to Exeter is not running, our apologies.
#Barnstaple#Exeter Due to a breakdown the 0805 5b will be delayed. Sorry for any inconvenience
Barnstaple Due to operational issues the 0825 21 Bideford to Barnstaple will not operate. Sorry for any inconvenience
#Barnstaple Due to an Accident and Police road closure at Holsworthy Beacon the 0932 85 From Holsworthy will be delayed 25 mins and will not be able to serve Holsworthy Beacon
#Plymouth Dartmouth 1030 to Plymouth will not be running due to technical issues. The 1140 from Kingsbridge will be running as normal. Sorry for the inconvenience
Torbay The 12:30 39 service from Exeter will not be running due to a breakdown
Barnstaple Due to a RTA the road from South Molton to Meshaw is closed, all 155 services will be diverting via the A361, sorry for any inconvenience.
Good Morning its Thursday -the network is running well this morning no major issues. If you need any information don't hesitate to contact us on 01752 662271 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be delighted to meet you on Friday on Royal Parade 0630-0900!
Service update:1010 28A from Asda to Royal Parade has had a breakdown. We will be running the service shortly however it will be running late. Currently this will impact the 1100 Service 28 departure from Royal Parade also which we are trying to cover. Sorry for the inconvenience Service Update : We have managed to cover the 11am departure of the 28 from Royal Parade so this will be running as normal.
Service update 14:02: There is a serious RTC on the A38 near Truelfoot involving Air Ambulance so there are diversions to service 11 which may cause late running on 11 and 11a services. Sorry for any inconvenience.
As well as standard tickets for our open top hop on hop off Ocean City Sights bus you can also buy an OCS Plus ticket, which gives you unlimited travel on Citybus services AND Ocean City Sights for the day. Details here > https://t.co/DX0FttjWYhpic.twitter.com/J2tyMGLL0O
Sorry for the delay but the 16.05 Camborne to Truro is not running due to vehicle breaking down with hand brake fault.
16.50 T1 Truro to Camborne will not be running due door failure engineering are attending.
The 17:15 92 from Truro is currently running 20 minutes late due to an incident at St Agnes on the 87 holding the bus up.
Barnstaple Due to a road closure the 5b will be unable to serve Instow Quay.
#Barnstaple The 1350 155 service from South Molton to Exeter is running 60mins late apologies
Barnstaple Services 5B, 75, 75A, 75B & 85 are diverted and suffering severe delays due to an RTC on the A386 between Bideford & Landcross. Services running 60+ minutes late. Sorry for any inconvenience #Barnstaple Service 15 is operating with 1 vehicle instead of 2 for the remainder of the day due to traffic congestion in Bideford and the vehicle being used to cover 75 short workings between Bideford/Affinity Outlet & Londonderry Farm. Sorry for any inconvenience
#Barnstaple 1755 21 service from Ilfracombe not running due to a breakdown. Sorry about that.
Barnstaple the 2000 5B from Exeter Paris Street will be leaving at 2035 due to the road closure in Torrington/Bideford
PLYMOUTH the 0821 Falcon service from Marley Head is currently delayed due to technical difficulties, we have another coach on route and hope to have the service up and running again soon, we are sorry for the delays
The 07:50 Falcon service from Plymouth to Bristol is running approx. 60 minutes late. Stops affected: Exeter, Sidmouth rd: 08:57 Exeter, Honiton rd: 09:06 Bristol Airport: 10:40 Bristol: 11:15.
173 last service from Chagford to Exeter TODAY We cannot get to Chagford town centre due to a damaged vehicle in the narrow pinch point between Easton X and Chagford.
The 08:15 service 70 from the city centre to Cremyll has broken down at Western Approach. Engineers are on the way but unfortunately this service will run late. We apologise for any inconvenience. Service update: The service 70 that was due to depart the city centre at 08:15 is currently running 30 minutes late due to a breakdown.
There is currently major congestion in the Plymouth Rd to Marsh Mills area. This is causing disruption to services in the area. Please allow more time for your journey.
1520 Service 11A from Padstow has unfortunately broken down at Bodmin Mount Folly at 1613. This service will unfortunately now not run until the next service 11A gets there at 1723, we apologise for the inconvenience
Unfortunately we have not been able to run the 1725 service 51 from Royal Parade due to a smashed windscreen. The next service 51 from Royal Parade will be at 1745. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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The weekly look at service changes across Devon & Cornwall. As usual please click through on the Licence number for more details and full route histories on the PTBS web site. Links to Traveline and other timetables and maps are provided below where possible, but always check with the operators own web site for up to date information before you travel!
Another very quiet week but next week will be massive as Stagecoach, First Kernow and Plymouth Citybus all have new timetables starting on the 26th May along with several other smaller operators. Of the big three only Stagecoach have released details so far, which could be fun if the others leave it to the last minute..
The following service changes are planned for this coming week Monday 13th - Sunday 19th May. First South West Ltd • PH0004983
to operate an increased frequency for the Pigstock festival this year (2019) and operates when the Pigstock festival is held each year. On Saturday 18th May 2019, we are running special services to and from Pigstock. One journey each way will operate to and from Bude, whilst there will be more frequent connections to and from Barnstaple and Bideford. Services depart Barnstaple Bus Station stop D, and Bideford Quay stop F.
A drive to help the homeless is being held by Plymouth Citybus in memory of a much-loved former colleague. Dave Salmon was a popular and passionate bus driver who sadly died last year. As well as being an excellent and friendly driver for 30 years he worked tirelessly for local charities - particularly supporting the homeless.
On Friday 10th May, Citybus will be creating a donation point at their Royal Parade shop from 10am-3pm to collect items for local charity Shekinah, who help those who have found themselves homeless.
Citybus hope to fill the entire shop window with donations at the event, called Fill It For Dave. The Royal Parade shop will act as the donation point where people can drop off items that will support the homeless community.
Shekinah have requested the following items as a priority:
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
New socks, knickers, vests and thermals
Hats and scarves
Non perishable food items
Richard Stevens, Citybus Managing Director, said: “Dave was popular with both his fellow colleagues and passengers all over Plymouth. His work supporting so many charities made him a well-known and respected figure in the city.
“We hope that on 10th May we can capture a little of Dave’s relentless community spirit, passion and empathy in aid of an extremely worthy cause that affects a sadly growing number of people. “If you have any of the items that Shekinah so badly need we would appeal to you to pop by say hello and drop off a donation. We would be very grateful - we’re hoping to literally fill the shop for Dave.”
Our Travel Centre shop can be found on Royal Parade opposite the Plymouth Guildhall. Shekinah is a local charity based in Millbay that works with the homeless and provides opportunities for people in recovery or seeking recovery. This may include recovery from homelessness, drug and alcohol issues, offending behaviours or mental ill-health.
Dave was a true gentleman. Its great to see the company remembering him in this way.
The last week on social media and elsewhere from the local operators and others that you might have missed for the week just gone 27th April - 3rd May 2019
Saturday 27 April
First Kernow:55,95 and 96 routes are unable to serve Clease Road in Camelford due to emergency roadworks. This is expected to be for the next few days. Please use the stops by the church or Post office. Apologies for this inconvenience
Stagecoach:#Barnstaple Due to a Unscheduled road closure, the 71 and 72 services to Torrington and Shebbear will be diverting via Bideford until further notice, sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Falcon:Plymouth The 05.30 Falcon Service from Bristol Is not operating due to a broken down vehicle. Sorry for the inconvenience. Plymouth The 8.30 Falcon Service from Plymouth Coach Station is running late by 45 min due to a technical issue. FlySWFalcon Due to a protest in Bristol City Centre the Falcon service is currently being diverted and will not be serving Anchor Rd, We apologies for this inconvenience
A tendering process to secure an operator for the new Exeter Bus Station is set to be launched. Potential operators will be invited to submit expressions of interest in June, with tenders evaluated between July and August.
Falcon: Please be advised that the 12:30 Falcon service from Bristol to Plymouth will be departing from Bristol Airport due to a road traffic accident. Passengers will be taken to Bristol Airport by the 13:30 departure. Sorry for any inconvenience. FlySWFalcon due to the ongoing incident on the A38 (Red Hill, Bristol) the Falcon service is currently diverting via Junction 21 (M5) then along the A370 Western Road to Bristol Airport and will not be serving any stops between Bristol Airport and M5 J22 in either direction.
National Express: STOP CLOSURE: due to the Porthleven Food Festival, the stop at Porthleven will not be served on Saturday 27 April and Sunday 28 April Nearest served stops would be Helston
Plymouth Citybus: Service Disruption services 50/51: Due to a medical emergency 50/51 buses cannot service Miller Way at present and will be using Novorossiysk Rd to Runway rd in both directions until further notice. Sorry for any inconvenience. The service 27, due to depart the city centre at 14:15 has broken down and is unlikely to run. The next service 27 will be at 14:45. We apologise for any inconvenience The Torpoint ferry is currently down to a one ferry operation. This is already causing tailbacks. This will likely affect the operation of our service 70/70A/70B as we move toward the afternoon peak period. Sorry for any inconvenience but this is out of our control.
Stagecoach: Exeter Due to an accident on the A35 near Kilmington, all 4 services will have to divert via Shute Road (through Shute) then through Whitford, then turn left at A358 and follow the road into Axminster. This diversion will be in place until further notice Plymouth The Dartmouth P&R is not operating at present due to a broken down Vehicle.
Plymouth Citybus: The road from the A388 into Ashton has been closed. We have received no notification of this closure. Until the road re-opens the service 12A in both directions will turn at St Dominic school and not serve Ashton. We apologise for any inconvenience but this is out of our control. Customer Updated Service 12a 1510 school bus from Callington Community College will NOT be able to service Ashton due to a road closure instead will service St Dominick school only where the bus will turn around. Apologise for any inconvenience the school have been informed Customer. Update 12a SORRY FOR ANY CONFUSION this service will departing Callington Community College 1510 can now service the NORMAL ROUTE. At the end of another busy working day Customer Experience are closing shortly and we shall be back again from 8am tomorrow morning. Have a good evening everyone! you can still email us email@example.com we love to hear from you.
First Kernow: Service 215 from Holmbush & St Austell to Truro College is running approx. 20 mins late due to a technical issue with the bus. We are sorry about this delay.
Stagecoach: Barnstaple The 0825 service 85 will run 20mins late apologies. Due to 5 sets of roadworks all 2 services are being delayed
We are delighted to unveil our Devon General heritage bus at Oldway Mansion this morning - joined by a classic 'Sea Dog' bus from the 1960s. This is part of our celebrations which mark 100 years of bus travel in Torbay and Exeter. The bus will enter service later today in Torbay. pic.twitter.com/vXR6HnlnGY
Dart Line: Due to the major disruption caused by roadworks in Teignmouth.Dartline regrets that it will be unable to operate the 11:10 service to Willows via Aller. Today 30th April 2019 The late running 11:10 service will travel DIRECT to The Willows returning via Kingskerswell and Aller. Passengers not wishing to travel on this curtailed service may join our 12:30 service which will operate over the normal route.
Plymouth Citybus:Service update: We apologise the 42A from Tamerton Foliot at 0946 has broken down and is currently stuck at Tamerton Foliot. We apologise for any inconvenience caused the next bus will be a 42B at 1024 next 42a 1046
Service Disruption Services 35/35a Plymouth City Council have just informed us of an emergency Road closure at Ham Drive between Honicknowle Lane and Arden Drive to remove a dangerous tree we will be diverting services 35/35a as a result details to follow. Service Update : Passengers for Service 35a only please note buses will be following Langstone Rd down to Beacon Park Rd outbound and will NOT be able to serve Cherry Tree or Recreation Rd inbound they will follow the 35 route but not Merrivale Rd.
Service update: 35/35a These services are returning to normal route from 11am onwards apologise for any inconvenience caused. Service Update: 70/70a/70B Stuart Road is closed due to an RTC buses will use Alma Rd and Milehouse Rd to Stoke Village until further notice in both directions. Sorry for any inconvenience. Stuart RD is now re-opened, all services are back to normal route, Sorry for any inconvenience
First Kernow:Happy May Day from Camborne depot, all services are now operating although the 46 service to Penair School was delayed by a fault and is running late just at Playing Place approaching Truro. Unfortunately the 47 service 13:31 Redruth to Truro is not running. This is due to a breakdown. We are hoping to get the service up and running ASAP. Sorry for the inconvenience. (KL). We now have a completion date for the Clease Road roadworks affecting services 55,95 and 96. This will be on until 8th May. Thank you all for your patience during these unscheduled roadworks.
Stagecoach: PLYMOUTH the 36 service is currently stuck along Stuart Road due to an RTC blocking the road, police are on scene now so hopefully service will be back up and running again soon. PLYMOUTH due to the ongoing incident along Stuart Road the 36 service is on a temporary diversion until further notice, the service will miss out Stuart Road and part of Wilton Street both directions, we are sorry for any inconvenience caused. PLYMOUTH the 36 service is now back to normal, thank you for your patience.2 services between Exeter and Newton Abbot are heavily delayed due to five sets of roadworks
Great Western Railway (GWR) has announced it is contributing £7,823 from its Customer & Communities improvement Fund (CCIF), fund matched by Torbay Council, to the total sum of £13,457 towards pedestrian improvements at Torre Station. More info at https://t.co/laEkQVUKUfpic.twitter.com/EYdFOSFtez
We apologise the OCS bus at Royal Parade for 0915 departure is defective and a replacement bus is being sent down from the depot this will result in the 0915 trip running late. Sorry for any inconvenience.
First Kernow: 47 Service can not serve Alexandra Rd in Illogan due to road works,services will be using Illogan downs in both directions until further notice. 46 Service Pool school service has broken down at Redruth engineering are attending 46 Service 09.05 Camborne to truro running 5 mins late due to previous breakdown.
Stagecoach: #Exeter Service 4 is diverting via Westhill due to a closure on the main road. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Calling all #Exeter foodies! The Street Food Markets are back this evening at the Transit Shed on Exeter Quayside. Enjoy a whole range of cusine from across the globe. Click here to plan your journey to the food fest now: (link: http://ow.ly/QMbV30oAm20) ow.ly/QMbV30oAm20@TheQuayExeterPlymouth 13 service currently not running due to brake down. The service will up and running as soon as possible. Sorry for the inconvenience
Plymouth Citybus: In memory of our much-loved former colleague Dave Salmon, we'll be hosting a drive to help Plymouth's homeless next Friday (May 10) at our Travel Centre shop on Royal Parade, where people will be able to drop off donations for Shekinah Details here > (link: http://bit.ly/2LgFagB) bit.ly/2LgFagB
Midday Service update from your Customer Experience Team on Friday all services across the network are running the latest running is a 70 service 10 minutes late. We are here to take your calls until 6pm today on 01752 662271. Don't forget it's a Bank Holiday on Monday -Enjoy!
Service update 61/62 Due to an RTC at Shakespeare R we are currently unable to service Honicknowle Green outbound so service 62 buses will run outbound as a 62 but inbound as a service 61 until further notice. Sorry for any unconvince.. Service 61 and 62 are now back to normal operations. Have a good and safe Friday evening and Bank Holiday weekend everyone! Don't forget Monday is Sunday/Bank Holiday services. Your Customer Experience Team will be here again on Tuesday morning from 8am. Happy Bank Holiday!
First Kernow: Service 219 Padstow to Truro College has broken down in Padstow with a water problem. A replacement bus is on its way to Padstow so the service is expected to run approx. 40 mins. We are sorry for this delay to service. 35 Service can serve Lamanva Cross due RTC blocking road. Route 85, 16:15 ex Truro. Unfortunately the bus has had a whoopsie. a replacement has been sourced and is leaving Truro 30 minutes late. We are very sorry. Unfortunately the T2 service 16:20 at Camborne towards Truro is running approx. 25 minutes late.
Stagecoach: Exeter - '2' Service has delays due to the A379 being partially closed by an obstruction on the highway, Barnstaple#Bude Service 128 is currently not operating due to an incident. Service will resume from Bude Strand 1517. Sorry for any inconvenience
We are holding information events for residents on the latest update on the Forder Valley Transport Improvements.
Our project team and contractors Balfour Beatty will be on hand to answer questions and outline the schedule for the project.https://t.co/d6cwBkbUtT
A work colleague of mine wasn't happy yesterday (Monday) as his Stagecoach 1 didn't turn up so he was half an hour late. He than had to wait and watch lots of Citybus 42s go by as he waited for the Stagecoach to turn up - as he says - they are a lot cheaper than Citybus for a weekly ticket. He was then surprised to find that the fare for the weekly ticket had gone up!
I was equally surprised by this as I had not seen anything to suggest fares were going up so I headed for the Stagecoach Web site (not holding my breath as I know how awful this site is)
From previous experience I know that you can often find things hidden in the Promos and Offers section or sometimes the News and Blog section (which probably makes more sense)
Here we get all sorts of pages (notice the two different Timetable changes pages - one is for April and one is for May - you have to check both to find out which is which!)
From 28 April 2019 we are changing the price of a number of our single, return, day and season tickets. One aim of our fares review was to simplify our fares structure and reduce the overall number of single fares. In reality, this will mean that some fares have gone down, some have remained the same and some have increased.
Most fares across Torbay have been frozen, except where they are harmonised with services run by other Stagecoach depots, into other areas.
In a bid to increase the flexibility of ticket options we have rolled out new 1+2 Dayrider tickets in all zones that don’t currently have them. This allows an adult to take two children with them for a day’s unlimited bus travel in the applicable zone at a discounted cost, in comparison to the current ticket options.
We’re introducing a new Inner Zone to our Plymouth ticket structure, allowing customers a competitive priced ticket for city centre travel. Fares are included on the table below.
Our Niterider will remain just £3 and gives unlimited travel on any of our buses, excluding the South West Falcon, after 7pm until end of service. If you are signed up to our 'Xtra' monthly payments and there is a change to your ticket price, the new price will take effect from your first payment after 26 May 2019.
Elsewhere on the site there is a map of the zones
I like how the Inner zone has a little kink to extend out to Derriford / The George although Plymstock passengers might feel a bit hard done by as the inner zone only reaches Laira Bridge.
Its nice to have all the information, it just would have been nicer if it was easier to find!
The last week on social media and elsewhere from the local operators and others that you might have missed for the week just gone 16th - 22 March 2019
Saturday 20 April
Plymouth Citybus: Currently the Park and Ride 3 Service is not operating due to vehicle breakdown. Our Engineering Department are aware and are making every effort to replace the vehicle as soon as possible. Peverell Park Rd is currently blocked due to an overturned car. Service 35 & 35A will operate via Weston Park road in both directions until further notice
Service 8 due to depart Royal Parade at 2105 & 2205 unfortunately will not be operated this evening. the next Efford Service 9 will in each case depart 30 minutes later Service 42A due to depart Royal Parade at 17:25 unfortunately will not be operated this evening. the next Tamerton Foliot Service 42A will depart at 18:15. Service 23 due to depart Royal Parade at 1940, 2040, 2140 & 2240 unfortunately will not be operated this evening. the next Mount Gould Service 24 will in each case depart 30 minutes later. Service 43 due to depart Royal Parade at 2030, 2130 & 2230 unfortunately will not be operated this evening. the next Ernesettle Service 43 will in each case depart 30 minutes later. Service 44 due to depart Royal Parade at 2015, 2115 & 2215, unfortunately will not be operated this evening. the next Whitleigh service in each case will be 30 minutes later. Please accept our apologies
First Kernow: Unfortunately, the 07:56 service 25 from St Austell to Fowey has suffered a delay and is running 20 minutes late. We apologise for any inconvenience caused Due To Heavy Traffic A round Hayle T1 Are running About 20 Mins Late
Stagecoach:Barnstaple due to a breakdown the 0930 155 Mill on the Mole to Barnstaple will be delayed 15mins. Sorry for any inconvenience Barnstaple Due to traffic in Barnstaple and Braunton service 21s suffering delays of up to 40mins The 1445 Service 155 from Tiverton to Exeter will not operate due to breakdown apologies Barnstaple The 1610 service 6A From Exeter to Okehampton is running 1 hour late apologies The 1905 service 155 from Tiverton to Barnstaple will not operate due to breakdown apologies
Sunday 21 April
Plymouth Citybus: Service 50 due to depart Royal Parade at 18:10 unfortunately will not be operated this evening. the next Service 50 will depart at 19:00. Please accept our apologies. We are currently unable to use Weston Park Rd due to a RTC and the road being closed by the Police. All buses will be operating via Peverell Park Rd in both directions for the time being.
Stagecoach: Do something different this #Easter Sunday and visit Lynton & Barnstaple Railway @woody_bay for their Easter Sunday Fun Day, a great free event for all the family. Our no.309 or 310 buses go directly past the station
Plymouth Citybus:Passengers using the Service 21 / 21A :- We are experiencing delays in the Marsh Mills area due to heavy traffic trying to get into Sainsbury's. We are trying to keep the service running as best as we can but there are heavy delays. Please be patient sorry for any delays. We are currently unable to operate the 20 through Crossway at Plympton due to a house fire and the road being blocked, diverting via Plymbridge Rd in both directions for the time being.
First Kernow: Service 24 - Charlestown Church Rd. Apologies, but due to an ongoing Police incident on Holmbush Arch Rd, we are unable to serve the stops at Charlestown Church Rd. Please go to the stops on Charlestown Hill.
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Falcon: Plymouth Due to heavy traffic on M5 in both directions our Falco Services running considerable late
Tuesday 23 April
Plymouth Citybus: Service 43 due to depart Royal Parade at 1930, 2030, 2130 & 2230 unfortunately will not be operated this evening. the next Ernesettle Service 43 will in each case depart 30 minutes later. Service 44 due to depart Royal Parade at 2015, 2115, & 2215 . unfortunately will not be operated this evening. the next Whitleigh Service 44 will in each case depart 30 minutes later. Service 24 due to depart Royal Parade at 2010, 2110, & 2210 unfortunately will not be operated this evening. the next Mount Gould Service 23 will in each case depart 30 minutes later. Service 9 due to depart Royal Parade at 2035, 2135, & 2235 unfortunately will not be operated this evening. the next Efford Service 8 will in each case depart 30 minutes later. Service 50 due to depart Derriford Hospital at 2112 is unfortunately not being operated this evening. The next Service 51 will depart Derriford Hospital at 2142 Service 51 due to depart Derriford Hospital at 2227 is unfortunately not being operated this evening. The next Service 51 will depart Derriford Hospital at 2257
First Kernow: 07.18 T1 Services From Treliske Is Not Running Due To Mechanical Failure Apologies, the 226a will not be running due to no vehicle available. Students are advised to catch the 226 service. The driver has been made aware to pick up all students. The 08:05 87 from Truro to Newquay is currently not running due to an incident with a deer. We will restore service as soon as possible.
Stagecoach: Barnstaple Due to a breakdown the 0555 5b from Bideford Quay to Exeter will be 20 mins late. Sorry for any inconvenience PLYMOUTH the 0745 1 service from Royal Parade is not running due to technical difficulties, we are sorry for the delays Plymouth#Tavistock unfortunately the 08:04 Horrabridge Manor Garage to 09:01 Plymouth service 1 has broken down, We have our engineering on route to try and resolve this issue. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Barnstable Due to roadworks 72 service is unable to serve Shebbear. Buses will terminate at Stibb Cross. Exeter - due to a vehicle breakdown, the 0901 5 service from Crediton to Exeter is not running. Customers are advised to use the 0931 5 from Crediton to Exeter. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Falcon: PLYMOUTH the 1100 is running 25 minutes late due to technical difficulties, we are sorry for the delays
National Express: STOP CLOSURE: due to the Porthleven Food Festival the stop at Porthleven will not be served on Saturday 27 April & Sunday 28 April.
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Plymouth Citybus: Service 24 due to depart Royal Parade at 19:10 unfortunately will not be operated this evening. the next Service to Mount Gould will depart at 19:40 The service 24 due to operate to Mount Gould at 19:10 will now operate as normal. Service 9 due to depart Royal Parade at 19:35 unfortunately will not be operated this evening. the next Efford Service will depart at 20:05. Service 5 due to depart Royal Parade for Elburton at 20:15 unfortunately will not be operated this evening. the next Elburton Service will depart at 20:45. Please accept our apologies. Service 44 due to depart Royal Parade at 20:15 unfortunately will not be operated this evening. the next Service 44 will depart at 20:45.
First Kernow: Sorry for any inconvenience the 214a has broken down at the Four Lords another vehicle has been deployed and will be running 20 mins late.
Stagecoach: #PLYMOUTH the 0750 service 1 will not be running due to a breakdown, we are sorry for the delays. #PLYMOUTH the 0720 X1 service from Tavistock is not running due to an RTC by Horrabridge both directions are blocked, we are sorry for the delays Exeter - 20 Service - Due to an emergency road closure we are unable to serve Culmstock at this time! Sorry for any Inconvenience! PLYMOUTH the 0933 52 service from Royal Parade is not running due to a breakdown, we are sorry for the delays. #Barnstaple Due to a breakdown, the 1840 service 5B off Exeter will be running late, sorry for any inconvenience.
Due to a Funeral Procession in Plympton this morning there may be delays to services 20/20a and 21/21a between 10am and 11am. We apologise for any inconvenience and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
Due to a breakdown we are unfortunately unlikely to run the 14:00 Service 28 to Eggbuckland. The Next bus to Eggbuckland will be the service 28A at 14:30 The service 28 at 14:00 will now run, but will operate approximately 20 minutes late.
First Kernow: The 226a Quintrell downs to Truro College will not be running this morning due to a vehicle issue and no replacement vehicle available The 217 will be running late due to a vehicle issue in the yard. Students at Mt Charles could catch the 214/214a or 215 Unfortunately the 13.40 35 service to Helford Passage was delayed and is currently operating 24mins late just approaching Mawnan Smith. This will have a knock on effect on the 14.15 return journey apologies for any inconvenience
Stagecoach:#PLYMOUTH the 1055 31 service from Royal Parade is currently not running due to an incident on the bus, we are sorry for the delays Barnstaple The 1855 service 75 from Bideford to Torrington will not operate due to breakdown apologies #Barnstaple The link road has been closed services using link road will divert via Fremington service 21 will suffer delays apologies
Due to an incident on Bickleigh Bridge, the A396 is blocked in both directions. We are working hard to rectify the situation. All 55 and 155 are being diverted via Crediton and the A3072.
Friday 26 April
Plymouth Citybus:The 06.50 service 12 from Callington to Bude has a defect in Callington. A replacement service is on its way which will then be running approx. 20 mins late. Please accept our apologies. We are sorry that the 0815 service 42 from Royal Parade has broken down and been delayed as a result. Sorry for any inconvenience. Next service will be 42a at 0830 next 42 is at 0850. We are sorry that due to an RTC in Kingsand/Cawsand we are unable to operate services 70/70a via the cliff road until further notice all services will use Hounster Hill. The 1025 Kingsand to Cremyll 70 service is currently stuck in Polhawn Cremyll/Torpoint services 70/70a UPDATE: These are now resuming normal running via the coast road as from midday today. Service 79 1646 from st anns chapel to Tavistock will not be running due to a breakdown the next service will be service 79a at 1754 sorry for any inconvenience caused. Service 79 1740 from Tavistock to Callington unfortunately will not be running due to a breakdown the next bus will be 1830 sorry for any inconvenience caused
Stagecoach: PLYMOUTH the 0730 1 service from Tavistock is not running due to a breakdown. we are sorry for the delays.
Falcon: FlySWFalcon Delays to the Falcon this evening due to high volume of traffic northbound on the M5 between Junctions 22- 24