Then the 7 is also for the chop. In this case the 5 and the 7 provide two 20 minute frequencies via Billacombe Road and Stentaway Road, again excessive for this corridor. The former rural hamlet of Elburton offers substantial housing development but probably not enough to support 6 buses an hour.
In partial mitigation of the withdrawal of the route 7, FirstBus have added short workings to the hourly service 93 which runs from Plymouth via Yealmpton to Kingsbridge.
But look what happens on 1st December. 5 and 5A are linked cross-city to Saltash and the route in Plymstock is dramatically changed.
x 5s; 3 x 7s, 1 x 18); but from December 1st, there will be just one route 18, Monday to Friday off-peak. (see previous blog, here) The locals are decidedly miffed.
What's going on? First pulls out of the "Elburton and Goosewell Loop" completely, leaving the 5/5A to reign supreme. A month later City Bus pulls out of Orseston leaving First's 2 to reign supreme. Collusion Confusion OR Competition Contention?
Or is there more to come in this Plymstock punch-up?
Meanwhile, it's daggers drawn in Torpoint, Efford, Honicknowle and Tavistock. Omibological politics always mystifies.