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Author Topic: Bus services in Cornwall - route and operator changes - First Bus, Plymouth Citybus, Western Greyhound  (Read 32607 times)
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« Reply #30 on: December 08, 2014, 09:41:12 pm »

Hopefully they'll take back the 555 (Bodmin Parkway to Padstow) route soon. It has slowly and quietly deteriorated over the past month or so with 4 departures being axed (at 0930, 1430, 1930 and 2210) and a very unreliable service. Its a wonder how they still have customers.

I took the 1030 on 28/11/14 and from Bodmin town to trelawney garden centre it was full. The rest of the journey I had it to myself.
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« Reply #31 on: December 08, 2014, 09:54:53 pm »

Having reviewed a couple of related topics covering First Bus services in Cornwall, and the struggles of Western Greyhound, I've now merged both of those topics here.

Apologies if the overlap appears slightly clunky in a few of the previous posts, but hopefully it will avoid duplication in future posts.

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« Reply #32 on: December 10, 2014, 11:24:24 pm »

The owner of Velvet buses (Southampton) has confirmed he has purchased the remainder of the Western Greyhound business.
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« Reply #33 on: December 30, 2014, 10:33:13 pm »

Nothing has been heard of from the the new owner yet and the service is getting worse. After a day out walking I waited in Truro for the 17.55, 522 service to St. Austell, no show.  Caught the 19.55 train to St. Austell hoping to catch the 20.25, 521 service from there to home, again no show. Railway staff at St.Austell said that it was that same the day before & people clubbed together for a taxi. Today I was on my lonesome so paid ^15 for a taxi home - arriving 2 hours later than I should have done.

Letter to WG & Cornwall Council tomorrow, I think.
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« Reply #34 on: January 01, 2015, 09:13:29 pm »

I wouldn't expect improvements to be honest

http://m.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11450476.New_owner_of_bus_firm_avoids_jail_over_fake_cash/
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« Reply #35 on: January 01, 2015, 10:36:37 pm »

The new owner has already sent 4-5 buses from velvet and a few from ensign.

Another interesting development in Southampton, is black velvet have cancelled all their registrations with the commissioner and the routes have been registered by WG.

I suspect all assets will be transferred to WG and WG debt transferred to black velvet, with the latter company put into liquidation, and suddenly both operations are debt free. This loophole to get rid of debt is perfectly legal somehow!
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« Reply #36 on: January 14, 2015, 08:40:37 pm »

Velvet has now ceased trading as of 10th Jan. with it's last few routes being taken over by Xelabus
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« Reply #37 on: January 14, 2015, 08:48:14 pm »

Velvet has now ceased trading as of 10th Jan. with it's last few routes being taken over by Xelabus

Cornwall is now very colourful, Majority of Velvet's fleet has moved to Western Greyhound.
We have First's mix and match liveries. First have at least 14 different liveries in Cornwall at present!
Western Greyhound Green and Western Greyhound pink.
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« Reply #38 on: February 23, 2015, 07:58:35 pm »

I see western greyhound have got a new website only trouble is I can't access it on my mobile is anyone else having trouble accessing it?
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« Reply #39 on: February 23, 2015, 08:13:37 pm »

If you mean the "Under Construction...(snip)" then yes it looks like it is currently (b)locked....Sort of.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8yOiFw1L9kJOVMzbGVqcGd3eWM/ (Posted on docs because of attachment size).
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« Reply #40 on: February 23, 2015, 08:38:19 pm »

They posted on facebook yesterday it should be launched next week. The existing website was considerably outdated
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« Reply #41 on: February 23, 2015, 08:46:59 pm »

They posted on facebook yesterday it should be launched next week. The existing website was considerably outdated


Oh ok I wonderd why it was freezing when it was loading all I could get was a photo of an optare solo at Newquay bus station. I agree the old website was out dated but was simple to navigate
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« Reply #42 on: March 13, 2015, 07:11:56 am »

From Radio Cornwall....

No Buses running as of this morning, drivers turned up, handed redundancy notices & told to wait until 07.00 for a First Recruitment team to turn up.
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« Reply #43 on: March 13, 2015, 07:13:48 am »

I've been listening to bbc radio cornwall this morning and they were reporting that western greyhound has ceased trading!

Will have to wait for further news and info from the company
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« Reply #44 on: March 13, 2015, 07:14:36 am »

Damn it someone beat me to it!!
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