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Old 30th September 2014, 12:07   #31
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On a different note does anyone on here know what routes drivers have to learn when they start at Exeter depot? Is it a good depot to work for? What are the rosters like?
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Old 6th October 2014, 11:32   #32
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Looks like more P&R E300s are going into Standard livery. Saw two repaints today (can't remember the numbers but they both had the red painted rear lights rather then silver)

Have to wonder if there is a new P&R fleet inbound. It is 5 years now.
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Old 16th October 2014, 21:29   #33
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ALX Dart 34077 was working on Tuesday this week on Route 99 Taunton - Yeovil vice errant Versa,
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Old 26th October 2014, 20:47   #34
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35154 has arrived at Exeter from Barnstaple. 35171 went the other way in exchange.
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Old 8th November 2014, 17:00   #35
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15797, the less damaged Scania in the Paignton fire in now back on the road.
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Old 15th December 2014, 20:17   #36
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STAGECOACH South West have announced that a new bus service that will provide a direct connection between Dartmouth, Totnes, Newton Abbot and Exeter.

From January 19, 2015, the X64 extension to Dartmouth will give residents direct connections to Totnes, Newton Abbot and Exeter up to every hour from Monday to Saturday. There will also be a later evening journey from Exeter bus station which will depart at 7.15pm travelling to Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton.

Michael Watson, Managing Director of Stagecoach South West, said: “I’m really excited about the changes to the X64 and being able to offer our customers a direct connection between Exeter and Dartmouth.”

From the same day, 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.

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.

The Stagecoach Gold Sunday service between Torquay, Totnes and Plymouth will also increase to every hour.

Mr Watson added: “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’.”

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.

He 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.”
Can't say I'm pleased with the day time services only going to Torquay.It's rare enough I get the X46 on my way home, as the train manages the route quicker and cheaper in the offpeak. Atleast my commute in the morning isnt getting more complicated! On a more positive side, it does atleast provide an alternative route home: X64 - ferry - 18 back to Brixham. anything to avoid the Newton Road
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Old 17th December 2014, 21:25   #37
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There were 2 Darts [34860, 35264] as well as Solo 47596 out on the Taunton - Yeovil route today with just 2 Versas 25251/253 making up the 5 Diagrams. 25252/255 were sat on Chard Depot whilst 25254/256 are presumed to be down at Exeter at the moment.
A shame there's no route to link Chard into the Axminster - Exeter route to link into the Devon network.
Asked a driver the price of a single from Chard to Axminster on BOS route 30 and was told 7.50 which seems rather steep for such a short journey.
Love to see BOS do T/ton -Chard with a Stagecoach shuttle onwards to Axminster. Would be good for passengers who have to pay.
The Versa's would seem to be quite complicated bits of kit as opposed to Darts or Solos.
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Old 26th January 2015, 21:36   #38
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Hi,
Took a look at Chard Depot this Saturday 24th Jan and noted ALX Dart 34092 Trident 17705 and Dart 34776 in the yard there.
Dart 35264 and usual Solo 47596 were on 99s along with Versa's 25252,255 and 25256.
Down at Taunton the 14.15 to Seaton was 35265.
Informed that 25253/254 are away at Exeter along with 17053.
Not sure of 25251's whereabouts.
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Old 27th January 2015, 00:27   #39
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There were Pointer Dart's out on both the D and S Exeter city routes tonight. Also due to the infamous Bickleigh Bridge being closed for roadworks, buses on the '55' routes to and from Tiverton were being diverted via the M5, with a shuttle service from Exeter to Bickleigh on the usual route - Solo WA04 TXL (47096) was on said shuttle.
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There were Pointer Dart's out on both the D and S Exeter city routes tonight. Also due to the infamous Bickleigh Bridge being closed for roadworks, buses on the '55' routes to and from Tiverton were being diverted via the M5, with a shuttle service from Exeter to Bickleigh on the usual route - Solo WA04 TXL (47096) was on said shuttle.
a Dart on the H yesterday daytime as well. (I don't know whether the D + H routes are interworked or whether the diagrams keep them seperate)

I also saw that solo heading towards Tiverton yesterday and thought it was a little different!
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a Dart on the H yesterday daytime as well. (I don't know whether the D + H routes are interworked or whether the diagrams keep them seperate)

I also saw that solo heading towards Tiverton yesterday and thought it was a little different!
Pretty sure the D and H are interworked
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Saw a Dart on campus today as well
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Old 27th January 2015, 22:32   #43
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An "Exeter" E400 has snuck down to Torbay and is on the 12. It's been confusing a fair few drivers due to its different start up and button layout.

Seats are rubbish as well
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Old 30th January 2015, 21:54   #44
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An "Exeter" E400 has snuck down to Torbay and is on the 12. It's been confusing a fair few drivers due to its different start up and button layout.

Seats are rubbish as well
19093-5 came down from Exeter with the X64 but seem to be used generally on Torbay services. Seats may be tired but they were regularly used on the X38?so can't be bad buses.
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Old 31st January 2015, 10:26   #45
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19567 & 19568 have moved up to Exeter and both have been in Plymouth this week on X38
--- old post above --- --- new post below ---
Correction 19657 & 19658 have moved to Exeter. Must improve my proof reading

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