Meant plaxton presidents but there are alot of older b7tl will be going to scrap like Bristol, not sure if any alx 400 also have volvo engines, but if they have b7 chassis then likely they doNo tridents have a Volvo engine!
It will be a repair at the Volvo engineering place
the alternative option could be make the First 24 half hourly frequency. There is sufficient e200 and solo SR to cover either option, and they are fairly economical buses.I won’t get into my personal thoughts of the politics, it does seem one of the companies - potentially First as it has to be commercial - is missing a trick with the 24s and 25s on the Fowey to St. Austell leg. Lots of customers were disgruntled about having to wait for a red one or a green one, in both Fowey and St. Austell. I wonder if on next year’s summer uplift, First register the Fowey to St. Austell leg of the 25 commercially. Both seemed to be doing well, capacity restraints considered.
That’s great news - I heard passengers in St. Austell waiting for “the quick one” and wanting the 24. It seemed to be doing really well - considering the circumstance.the alternative option could be make the First 24 half hourly frequency. There is sufficient e200 and solo SR to cover either option, and they are fairly economical buses.
I trust the commercial department have ideas for uplifting services but covid funding from government doesn’t allow at the moment.
I’ve driven a few 24s this week and I’ve been socially distant full every run between pentewan and mevagissey in the afternoons. The bus seems a popular afternoon choice for the holiday makers at pentewan.
The “quick” one depends where on route you want. Both are similar timings to Par and Fowey, the 25 goes round the houses at the st Austell/Charlestown end of the route whereas the 24 goes round the houses later in the journey around St Blazey and Par area. (The 25 is also prone to popping into St Austell Tesco for diesel mid route but that’s another story)That’s great news - I heard passengers in St. Austell waiting for “the quick one” and wanting the 24. It seemed to be doing really well - considering the circumstance.
I’m not an expert, but the “turn up and go” element of First having the 24 and 25 last year was successful, whereas the change seemed to be causing a few extended waits and questions this year. The 24 running half hourly, hopefully in a less-Covid-affected summer next year could be great if it was considered.
thanks Rich - that’s good news. I thought both were fairly similar in end-to-end journey time etc (I caught them from Fowey to Par station and back last year but drove this year due to the aforementioned operator swap (and minimising Covid risk)).The “quick” one depends where on route you want. Both are similar timings to Par and Fowey, the 25 goes round the houses at the st Austell/Charlestown end of the route whereas the 24 goes round the houses later in the journey around St Blazey and Par area. (The 25 is also prone to popping into St Austell Tesco for diesel mid route but that’s another story)
Once covid bus funding has ended I expect We will see changes, albeit i don’t know where or if we will have to wait until summer 2021.
Being fully commercial gives a lot of freedom compared to a Heavily subsidised operator, who Only get to jump if the council say jump etc.
as it’s for up to 5 people (no restriction on 2 adults 3 kids etc) that’s a quid each for a group!Welcome back
To celebrate the return of our spectacular Atlantic Coaster buses, we want to give you an EXCLUSIVE welcome back offer: enjoy 1 full day’s travel for up to 5 people travelling together for just £5 (usually £30)*. Available only on the First Bus App.
Our team is ready and waiting to welcome you back on board!
* Offer valid on Atlantic Coaster services only and not on the rest of the Kernow Network. The mTicket will expire one month after purchase.
Another excellent looking leaflet and what I've come to expect from the Best Impressions / FK partnership. But, my first thought what, god, is that all that's left of the FK operations out of Penzance now? (of course I'm aware of TfC / The tendered council / commercial routes).Better late than never, here's the very nice Atlantic Coasters leaflet:
Our UK Bus division operates around a fifth of local bus services in the UK and is one of the largest bus operators with a fleet of approximately 6,400 buses around the England, Scotland and Wales. We have bus routes serving 40 of the UK’s largest towns and cities providing great value public...www.firstgroup.com
I see that there will be changes to the A4 and A17 from 13 September, but the rest are "until further notice".
FK are also advertising a £5 day ticket for use on Atlantic Coasters only.
Bright, positive marketing!
FK is still the dominant operator in the area, more so than much of the rest of Cornwall. They've *only* lost the 5, 16/A and 39A in the Penzance area.Another excellent looking leaflet and what I've come to expect from the Best Impressions / FK partnership. But, my first thought what, god, is that all that's left of the FK operations out of Penzance now? (of course I'm aware of TfC / The tendered council / commercial routes).
Marc said something about the next 12 buses due for paintig are for cornwall college so you will see in due timeDoes anyone know what vehicles are earmarked to be used on the College Contracts recently won in Plymouth and Exeter from September? I assume they’ll have to be changed over when Inspections are due anyway.
Quick question - does anyone know what Truronian are doing up in Hampshire recently?
Noted 20561 up in Portsmouth Saturday-last (see photo attached, taken in utterly appauling weather conditions).
Today, I noted a Truronian-livered Volvo B7R that my have been 20360 in difficulties on the westbound M27 earlier at approximately 12:00 with First transit van in attendance - queues weren't too bad but there is a contra-flow in place so no hard-shoulder...
Thanks in advance for your help.
Trying emailing A complaint to the relevant personnel at the council making this point?At the start of the year Central and west Cornwall had a comprehensive timetable except for the independents. There were M tickets you could use on all these services at a sensible price. More and more new buses had arrived with WiFi and USB points and passenger information displays. Even greatly improved vehicle liveries had been introduced. Now most trips require two companies which makes bus travel too expensive and the latest TFC vehicles do not have any modern facilities. At Redruth station the other day a woman with a young child and pushchair was going to Bodmin and changing vehicles. She tried to get on a Tinner to Truro but could not with a TFC ticket. This meant she had to get on a 46 to Truro which takes 59 minutes on a very roundabout route not designed for an end to end service. Before this Cornwall Council contract this would have been a simple journey. Unless the Council can come up with a sensibly priced all company ticket I think the bus usage in Cornwall is going to very rapidly decline. We have certainly gone backwards in a big way.
2 geminis at langarth and 1 at tregurra as standby/dupes. Parking charges have changed for hospital staff and extra buses drafted in incase of over load as buses still have max capacity loadings with distancing in place. They mainly there for the peak times and probably will be for upto a monthI had a look at the Truro Park & Ride operation during a visit to Truro this morning.
At the Tregurra site Solo's 53865 and 53255 along with Volvo B7TL 37161 were seen but not in use during the period I was in the area.
At Langarth were Volvo B7TL's 32624, 37163 and 37162, the latter was in use on PR1 services. Four Citaro's noted.
Scania 65724 was seen at Trafalgar roundabout in the city displaying "Park & Ride" but I didn't see it at either of the sites.
There did seem to be passengers on board.