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07 Aug 2017
Stagecoach South West has announced that, from 3 September, there will be changes to its Plymouth city bus routes. It is the first significant revamp of the operator’s services since it took over a number of routes from First Devon & Cornwall in September 2015.
The revised network of services will introduce a number of benefits for customers including higher frequencies across popular sections of routes, more connections to Derriford Hospital and a dedicated service between the city centre and Mount Batten.
Bob Dennison, Managing Director of Stagecoach South West, commented “These are the first major changes we have made since 2015 and, alongside our great value tickets, I hope they will give our customers even more reason to travel with Stagecoach South West.”
Central to the changes is maximising the new bus priority infrastructure in and around Derriford Hospital which will allow Stagecoach to run all 1, 100 and 101 bus services via the Hospital. This will give a combined frequency between the Hospital and city centre of up to every 7-8 minutes and between the Hospital and The George and Milehouse Park & Ride sites of up to every 15 minutes. The new timetable will also create a direct all day service between Plymouth Station and Derriford Hospital - something that, until now, had been missing from the city’s network.
Buses on the 1 service, operating between Tavistock and Plymouth city centre, will all run on a simple route through Marjon, Derriford Hospital and Mutley every 15 minutes. Customers travelling from Tavistock who wish to access Plymouth Railway Station will have two options: to either walk the short distance to/from Mayflower Street or change onto the 100/101 at Derriford Hospital. Here 1, 100 and 101 bus services will serve the same stop in each direction.
In Plymstock, an increased frequency will provide buses to the city centre up to every 5 minutes. Mount Batten will have a new service – the 2B – which will run up to every 20 minutes between Royal Parade and Mount Batten. Both the 2 and 2A will run to Elburton, doubling the frequency to this part of the City and helping to improve the reliability of this cross-City connection to Plymouth Station, St Budeaux and Saltash.
In partnership with City College Plymouth, Stagecoach is also taking over operation of route 36 between the College’s Kings Road Campus and the City Centre. Open to the public, the timetable will include more journeys into the evening for students taking part in activities, study and training after the core teaching hours.
Fares on Stagecoach’s Plymouth network remain great value. A Plymouth Dayrider costs just £3.60 and a 1 week Plymouth Megarider is only £13.
New timetables will be available to view at www.stagecoachbus.com and in print shortly. Customers can also download the free Stagecoach app - available in the App and Play stores - or use the website journey planner to plan their journeys. New timetable information will be available via the app or journey planner from mid-August.