15 Dec 2014
Stagecoach South West confirmed today, 12th December, that from 19th January 2015 its X64 service will feature a new, direct connection between Dartmouth, Totnes, Newton Abbot and Exeter. From the same date new timetables for Stagecoach Gold and the X46 are also being introduced. These will provide an hourly Sunday service on Stagecoach Gold and improve reliability for those travelling between Torquay and Exeter on the X46.
The X64 extension to Dartmouth will give residents direct, through connections to Totnes, Newton Abbot and Exeter up to every hour from Monday to Saturday. For commuters travelling from Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton to Exeter, there will also be a later evening journey from Exeter bus station which will depart at 7.15pm.
As a result of the introduction of the enhanced X64 timetable, Stagecoach Gold will no longer serve Dartmouth with existing key morning and evening connections transferred to the new X64 timetable. For journeys to Torbay and Plymouth customers can continue to connect to Stagecoach Gold in Totnes. Also in Totnes, the new routes will not be able to serve Dukes Road with Stagecoach Gold available a short walk away from stops along Higher Westonfields. Alternatively, local community transport operator, Bob the Bus, operates along Dukes Road.
The Stagecoach Gold Sunday service between Torquay, Totnes and Plymouth will also increase to every hour, reflecting the high levels of use along this corridor - a trend which had already prompted the company to increase the Monday to Saturday daytime frequency to every half hour.
Michael Watson, Managing Director of Stagecoach South West, commented “I’m really excited about the changes to the X64 and being able to offer our customers a direct connection between Exeter and Dartmouth. It’s also great to see Stagecoach Gold continue to go from strength to strength. Since it launched, over a million passengers have ‘gone Gold’ and, in a recent passenger survey*, 100% would travel with us again and recommend us to a friend.”
A new X46 timetable is also being introduced, with the service retimed to take into account delays caused by the construction of the South Devon Link Road and Splatford Split widening. To accommodate this, buses during the daytime will no longer serve Paignton or Paignton Sea Front. Frequent connections between Torquay and Paignton are available on the Hop12, 22 and Stagecoach Gold instead. The X46 will continue to serve Paignton at the start and end of the day for commuters into Exeter.
Michael added “Our X46 bus service provides an important connection for commuters between Exeter and Torquay and, whilst the current roadworks will improve things for everyone – including us – in the longer term, they are currently impacting on our service reliability. Shortening the route to the core section between Exeter and Torquay will address this and our Torbay bus network will ensure customers can still easily travel onto Paignton.”
Full details of the new timetables are available online at www.stagecoachbus.com/southwest and www.travelinesw.com. Printed timetables will be available shortly. For latest service updates customers can follow Stagecoach on Twitter @stagecoachsw.
*Stagecoach Gold Customer Satisfaction Survey September 2014.