Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, has welcomed the announcement by Plymouth Citybus that they are re-routing one of their services via Powisland Drive in Derriford.
The move comes as the result of a local campaign run by residents and supported by Mr Mercer and local Councillors, Jonathan Drean and Dave Downie to see a bus service reinstated past Powisland Drive.
Until August, Stagecoach ran routes 1, X1 and the Park and Ride from the George Junction into the city centre via Tavistock Road. Residents in Derriford could use the stop at the junction of Tavistock Road with Powisland Drive to access these services. Local residents were also able to use the X1 or 1 route from Powisland Drive for easy access to Tavistock and Yelverton – necessary for work, education and leisure. Following the re-routing of the Stagecoach routes along Runway Road and via Derriford Hospital, local residents have been campaigning for the routes to be reinstated, joined by Johnny Mercer and Cllrs Drean and Downie.
In addition, Johnny Mercer MP and local Councillors, Jonathan Drean and Dave Downie, have lobbied Plymouth Citybus to see what could be done to provide an alternative service for the residents, working with Plymouth Citybus Managing Director, Richard Stevens, to seek a solution.
As a result of this collaboration, Plymouth Citybus is re-routing its 42A service to help those affected around the Powisland Drive area by the recent Stagecoach service changes. From 30 October, the 42A RedFlash service (City Centre – Tamerton Foliot) will run past Powisland Drive after stopping at Marjons on its way to Southway, and the same on the return journey. The service will run once an hour in both directions on Mondays to Saturdays. Sunday services will run approximately every two hours.
Speaking about this announcement, Johnny Mercer MP said:
‘I welcome the news that Plymouth Citybus has risen to the challenge of helping residents in the Powisland Drive area to have access to a bus service and come up with an innovative solution.
‘Many residents in the area are elderly and unable to walk from their homes to the next nearest bus stop at Runway Road to access the existing services. This new route will enable them to easily access the city centre as well as Derriford Hospital. However, there are also many younger residents in the area who use the bus to get to work, school or college. Again, this new service will enable them to get in and out of the City Centre as required and provides easier access to the George Junction and the bus stops to Tavistock.
‘I will continue to work with the local residents and Councillors Drean and Downie to maintain the pressure on Stagecoach to reconsider their wholesale decision to stop serving Tavistock Road between Runway Road and Derriford Roundabout. A meeting is taking place with Stagecoach in the coming days.’
Richard Stevens, Managing Director, Plymouth Citybus said:
“We saw that Stagecoach was re-routing its service to Derriford Hospital leaving residents with no bus and knew we had to help the community of Powisland Drive.
“Buses offer a vital service to many across the city to get to work, hospital, leisure services or even visiting friends and family. We work hard to provide a reliable service to as many people across Plymouth as we can and hope by re-routing the 42A we are helping people affected with a direct route to the city centre.”