First South West (Kernow & Buses of Somerset)

Sponsor Post - registered members do not see these adverts; click here to register, or click here to log in
R

RailUK Forums

TheGrandWazoo

Veteran Member
Joined
18 Feb 2013
Messages
14,354
Location
Somerset with international travel (e.g. across th
First is set to recruit again in Devon for the Cornwall College, Rail Replacement and any other private hire work Marc tweeted, staff needed in Exeter and Plymouth

So we now have Go-ahead looking for staff in Cornwall and First looking for staff in Devon, couldn't guess that would be the case a few months ago
Wonder how many vehicles/drivers they're looking to base and where they are going to base them?
 

richw

Established Member
Joined
10 Jun 2010
Messages
9,245
Location
Liskeard
If Plymouth Citybus coaches now gone defunct, there could be a few drivers spare from there
They were mostly casual Drivers I gather so may not be interested in a less casual role. I’ve spoken to 3 I know, all of which said they were signed on casually at other local operators already
 

richw

Established Member
Joined
10 Jun 2010
Messages
9,245
Location
Liskeard
Wonder how many vehicles/drivers they're looking to base and where they are going to base them?
don’t know details but there’s leaflets on the Cornwall college website with current routes for each site, stoke climsland Is near callington and Bicton is south Devon near exmouth/Sidmouth. There’s also routes for st Austell College from south east Cornwall which might be less dead miles from Plymouth, than summercourt such as the existing 252 (depending where in Plymouth the site will be)
there’s some Truro college services where dead miles would be lower from Plymouth than Summercourt too come to think of it.
 

TechDan2002

Member
Joined
4 Oct 2019
Messages
59
Location
Penryn

Attachments

JamesC357

Member
Joined
9 Jun 2019
Messages
31
33002 used to work out of my local First depot (Hadleigh, Essex) between 2010 and 2014. I’d be tempted if I had the space or money to preserve it, which sadly I don’t
 

Whiteway215

Established Member
Joined
15 Sep 2015
Messages
1,360
Location
Bath
The picture of 33002 also shows a Solo being dismantled by the look of it. Is that an ex First open topper also visible in the background?
 

richw

Established Member
Joined
10 Jun 2010
Messages
9,245
Location
Liskeard
The picture of 33002 also shows a Solo being dismantled by the look of it. Is that an ex First open topper also visible in the background?
Last time I was up there a K reg Oly and a d reg citybus both were having bits removed before eventually scraping I believe
 

MarkC

Member
Joined
3 Nov 2016
Messages
56
If Plymouth Citybus coaches now gone defunct, there could be a few drivers spare from there
Perhaps with Go Ahead closing the Citybus Coach operation, First could look to fill in the gaps with this move? Also with a base in Plymouth could a bus operation of some kind for Eastern half of Cornwall be operated from Plymouth in the future? It's ironic that Citybus pushed First out of Plymouth are now expanding onto First Cornwall turf , now First only on a small way are making their way back into Plymouth again. It will be nice to see First Back again though.
 

GBM

Member
Joined
18 Jan 2016
Messages
118
Location
West Cornwall
Perhaps with Go Ahead closing the Citybus Coach operation, First could look to fill in the gaps with this move? Also with a base in Plymouth could a bus operation of some kind for Eastern half of Cornwall be operated from Plymouth in the future? It's ironic that Citybus pushed First out of Plymouth are now expanding onto First Cornwall turf , now First only on a small way are making their way back into Plymouth again. It will be nice to see First Back again though.
Full circle again!
 

83G/84D

Established Member
Joined
28 Oct 2011
Messages
4,867
Location
Cornwall
Atlantic Coaster branded B9TL 37729 with a defect sticker on windscreen collected from Camborne late this afternoon by Cornwall Commercials wrecker. Guess we won’t see that one in use when open top services resume.
 

richw

Established Member
Joined
10 Jun 2010
Messages
9,245
Location
Liskeard
Atlantic Coaster branded B9TL 37729 with a defect sticker on windscreen collected from Camborne late this afternoon by Cornwall Commercials wrecker. Guess we won’t see that one in use when open top services resume.
It’s defect is it’s not dvsa certified since conversion. It’s awaiting certification following conversion
 

MB162435

Member
Joined
27 Aug 2017
Messages
983
Location
Penryn
The first 3 e400 conversions are also waiting certification I believe was posted on behind the scenes
They certainly didn't hang around with them, quite impressive under current working restrictions, Marc did say they should have a good stint on the A5 this year all going well, the Newquay- Padstow route will be a E400 fan paradise if TfC continue using them on the 56

Is the A4 due to return soon as well, or just the A2/3 for the time being?
 

richw

Established Member
Joined
10 Jun 2010
Messages
9,245
Location
Liskeard
the A4 due to return soon as well, or just the A2/3 for the time being?
Haven’t seen anything about the A4, but I guess it’s a bit of playing by ear at the moment, whether tourists who are allowed back use the buses or not, will probably dictate whether there’s an uplift or not .
 

MB162435

Member
Joined
27 Aug 2017
Messages
983
Location
Penryn
Haven’t seen anything about the A4, but I guess it’s a bit of playing by ear at the moment, whether tourists who are allowed back use the buses or not, will probably dictate whether there’s an uplift or not .
Suspect it is a bit, guess they will see how well the A1-3/5 does with tourists first before they add any more, as they may just use their cars around Cornwall if they don't feel comfortable on public transport yet
 

baza585

Member
Joined
1 Aug 2010
Messages
318
It's certainly moved around a fair bit, as I had it in 2016 & 2017 into HMS Sultan while working out of Portsmouth!
I recall 33001/2 were among the better of the motley assortment of ex London Tridents Hoeford had at the time. Look after 37161-5 please. Fine buses and have been well looked after.
 

MB162435

Member
Joined
27 Aug 2017
Messages
983
Location
Penryn
I imagine the coaster ones most likely to see Changes depending on how tourists behave towards using buses
I would say so, hopefully the open tops will still be successful but best to see how it goes, no point setting everything in stone now and committing yourself, and for everything to go in the opposite direction
 

CD

Member
Joined
22 Jun 2014
Messages
798
Location
34004
The website is still saying " Only travel if your journey is necessary ". So hopefully that instruction changes by the time the open toppers start operating.
 

jammy36

Member
Joined
28 Aug 2013
Messages
92
The website is still saying " Only travel if your journey is necessary ". So hopefully that instruction changes by the time the open toppers start operating.
Marc was asked on Twitter how FK could square operating open-top services with the government's guidance/instruction to avoid using public transport where possible and to only travel if necessary. The official position according to Marc is that "The open top routes are routes not covered by other service where there is a clear need for provision of service. These are the vehicles that are allocated to the routes and have a good capacity to allow social distancing"
 

Top