A new bus route will begin to serve the residents of Plymouth’s newest community this Easter weekend.
Starting 1 April, the route serves the new residential development of Seaton Neighbourhood and will encourage commuters and residents to take public transport. It will also be timed with the shift patterns of employees of manufacturer HellermannTyton and BPO Company Sitel, both of whom have a base in the area.
The route will now serve businesses along Brest Road and William Prance Road, including the Land Registry and activity centres Adrenaline and Clip and Climb in Derriford providing a link from to Derriford, Mutley and the City Centre, with a Sunday service running through to Woolwell.
Staff, parents and pupils at St Matthew’s School are also being encouraged to use the new service, which is timed with the school’s start and finish.
This new route, provided by CityBus, is being funded in part by the Section 106 contribution from the Palmerston Heights developers Persimmon Homes. Section 106 contributions are given to local authorities by housebuilders to assist with the costs of building infrastructure and local services around a new development.
Plymouth City Council’s Plymotion team, who visit residents and businesses to encourage the use of sustainable transport, are actively promoting the service to people living and working in the area.
Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “I am delighted that we are able to provide this service for not just our residents, but also for the businesses along the route.
“As set out in the Plan for Plymouth, our ambition is to provide a bus stop within 400m of every home, and this new route brings us even closer to that goal.”
Richard Stevens, Managing Director of Plymouth CityBus said: “I am delighted that Citybus is providing this bus service and that working with Plymouth City Council it has been extended through the evening and the weekend, which is enormously important to residents; I hope that this service will help more people get into the habit of using the bus!”
A spokesperson for Persimmon Homes said: “We know the importance of building sustainable and accessible neighbourhoods. The S106 contribution we provided is meant for exactly this purpose; making communities better places to live.”
For more information, please follow this link to the CityBus website.