Plymouth Citybus Ltd • Spark • 21 21A • PH0000135.100 •

Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD

21 21A • Royal Parade - Plympton •  Plymouth Citybus Ltd • PH0000135.100  • 12 APR 2010 ► 04 MAY 2013
21 21A • Barne Barton - Plympton •  Plymouth Citybus Ltd • PH0000135.100  • 05 MAY 2013 ► 29 JUL 2017
21 21A • Barne Barton - Plympton •  Plymouth Citybus Ltd • PH0000135.100  • 30 JUL 2017 ► 


07 APR 2019

  • Licence: PH0000135.100
  • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
  • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
  • Route Number: PCAO021 (21, 21A)
  • Start Point: Barne Barton
  • Via: Keyham, Devonport, City Centre, Chaddlewood, St Maurice
  • End Point: Barne Barton
  • Other Details: To restore ste standard service following road works.
  • Received: 07-Mar-2019
  • Effective: 07-Apr-2019
  • Accepted: 12-Mar-2019
  • No end date
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P:  0
  • N & P Section: 0
  • Event Description:  Variation Accepted by SN
  • Final Published: DCT148
  • VOSA: PH0000135/100

11 MAR 2019

  • Licence: PH0000135.100
  • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
  • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
  • Route Number: 21 21A
  • Start Point: Barne Barton
  • Via: Keyham, Devonport, City Centre, Chaddlewood, St Maurice
  • End Point: Barne Barton
  • Other Details: Revise journey to leave Steer Park at 0651 not 0658
  • Received: 06-Mar-2019
  • Effective: 11-Mar-2019
  • Accepted: 07-Mar-2019
  • End Date: 06-Apr-2019
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P:  0
  • N & P Section: 0
  • Event Description:  Variation Accepted by SN
  • Final Published: DCT145
  • VOSA: PH0000135/100
  • "From Monday 4th March we have made a change to the service 21A which leaves Steer Park at 0658. This journey has been re-timed to leave Steer Park at 0651, arriving at Royal Parade at 0725 This change as been made following passenger feedback regarding connections from this service with service 34. There will now be a longer layover at Royal Parade for this service. Passengers for Devonport may want to switch to the bus in front, which should still be in the bus stop when you arrive."

03 FEB 2019

  • Licence: PH0000135.100
  • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
  • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
  • Route Number: 21 21A
  • Start Point: Barne Barton
  • Via: Keyham, Devonport, City Centre, Chaddlewood, St Maurice
  • End Point: Barne Barton
  • Other Details: Rivise timing point at Steer Park and revise running times
  • Received: 10-Dec-2018
  • Effective: 03-Feb-2019
  • Accepted: 11-Dec-2018
  • No end date
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P:  NP2678
  • N & P Section: 3.3 Applications to Vary Existing Services
  • Event Description:  Variation Accepted
  • Final Published: DCT139.
  • VOSA: PH0000135/100
  • Rivise timing point at Steer Park and revise running times

Then another application:

  • Licence: PH0000135.100
  • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
  • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
  • Route Number: 21 21A
  • Start Point: Barne Barton
  • Via: Keyham, Devonport, City Centre, Chaddlewood, St Maurice
  • End Point: Barne Barton
  • Other Details: Increase journey times to accomodate delays caused by road works
  • Received: 21-Jan-2019
  • Effective: 03-Feb-2019
  • Accepted: 22-Jan-2019
  • No end date
  • Event Type: Variation applications
  • N & P:  NP2683
  • N & P Section: 3.4 Applications to Vary Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice
  • Event Description:  Variation Accepted by SN
  • Final Published: DCT139.
  • VOSA: PH0000135/100
  • Increase journey times to accomodate delays caused by road works
  • There will be some minor adjustments to the timetable Monday to Friday to improve the flow of the service. We have identified sections of the route that suffer from congestion so these areas will receive additional time to allow buses to keep to the advertised timetable. The Devonport – City Centre section of the route will also see some additional resource in the afternoon to improve reliability. Please note that the timetable displayed on the Timetables section of this website is due to be changed. We will have an updated version available in advance of 3rd February. (The updated Traveline timetable is on the link below) If you have any queries please contact Customer Experience.



01 APR 2018

  • SERVICE 21/A: Due to congestion in the Devonport area in the afternoon peak we will make amendments to improve reliability.
TIMETABLE 21 21A SPARK

      08 FEB 2018

      • Licence: PH0000135.095
      • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
      • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
      • Route Number: 20 (20, 20A, 20B)
      • Start Point: Royal Parade
      • Via: Laira, Woodford
      • End Point: Plympton
      • Other Details: Monday to Saturday Retime most journeys to run 5 minutes later
      • Received: 08-Feb-18
      • Effective: 01-Apr-18
      • Accepted: 19-Feb-18
      • End Date: 00-Jan-00
      • Event Type: Variation applications
      • N & P:  2635
      • N & P Section: 3.4 Applications to Vary Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice
      • Event Description:  Variation Accepted by SN
      • Initial Published: DCT091
      • Final Published: DCT095
      • VOSA: PH0000135/95


      14 AUG 2017

      Plymouth Citybus 561 WA17FTU

      30 JUL 2017

      • Service 21/21A Rebranded as Spark. Revised running times following driver & passenger feedback.
      TIMETABLE 21 21A SPARK

          02 JUN 2017

          • Licence: PH0000135.100
          • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
          • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
          • Route Number: 21 (21A)
          • Start Point: St Budeaux, Square
          • Via: Plympton
          • End Point: St Budeaux, Square
          • Other Details: Revised timetable
          • Received: 02-Jun-17
          • Effective: 30-Jul-17
          • Accepted: 07-Jun-17
          • End Date: 00-Jan-00
          • Event Type: Variation applications
          • N & P: 2599
          • c: Applications to Vary Existing Services (3.3)
          • Initial Published: DT064C
          • Final Published: DT067

          04 SEP 2016 

          plymouth citybus 21

            • Minor timetable amendments to evening trips to provide better point to point running times.

            07 JUL 2016 

            • PH0000135/100 
            • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
            • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
            • Variation Accepted: 
            • Operating between St Budeaux, Square 
            • and St Budeaux, Square 
            • given service number 21/21A 
            • effective from 04-Sep-2016. 
            • To amend Timetable.

            31 JAN 2016 

            plymouth citybus 21

            • Minor timetable changes - but no announcement on Plymouth Citybus site yet!

            15 JAN 2016 

            • PH0000135/100 - 
            • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
            • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
            • Variation Accepted by SN: 
            • Operating between St Budeaux, Square 
            • and St Budeaux, Square 
            • given service number 21/21A 
            • effective from 31-Jan-2016. 
            • To amend Timetable.

            10 JAN 2016

            • Timetable reverts back to every 10 minutes plus all services to serve Barne Barton.

            plymouth citybus 21


            12 NOV 2015 

            • PH0000135/100 - 
            • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
            • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
            • Variation Accepted: 
            • Operating between St Budeaux, Square 
            • and St Budeaux, Square 
            • given service number 21/21A 
            • effective from 10-Jan-2016. 
            • To amend Timetable.

            20 SEP 2015                                                                                                       

            • Service 21 increased to every 15 from 20 minutes. Barne Barton loop reduced to every 15 minutes. Service 21A increased to every 15 from 20 minutes. Daytime journeys no longer serve Barne Barton. Joint frequency from St Budeaux to Plympton Central 7/8 from 10 minutes.

            plymouth citybus 21


            30 AUG 2015                                                                                                                             

            • It appears that the changes have been cancelled, or put back to 20th September as above

            24 JULY 2015                                                                                                                           

            • PH0000135/100 - 
            • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
            • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
            • Variation Accepted: 
            • Operating between St Budeaux, Square 
            • and St Budeaux, Square 
            • given service number 21/21A 
            • effective from 20-Sep-2015. 
            • To amend Timetable.

            02 JULY 2015    

            • PH0000135/100 - 
            • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
            • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
            • Variation Accepted: 
            • Operating between St Budeaux, Square 
            • and St Budeaux, Square 
            • given service number 21/21A 
            • effective from 30-Aug-2015. 
            • To amend Timetable.

            12 APR 2015

            • Services 21 & 21A Monday to Saturday early morning and early evening revisions to improve pacing.

            plymouth citybus 21


            16 FEB 2015                                                                                                                                

            • PH0000135/100 - 
            • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
            • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA
            • Variation Accepted: 
            • Operating between St Budeaux, Square 
            • and St Budeaux, Square 
            • given service number 21/21A 
            • effective from 12-Apr-2015. 
            • To amend Timetable.

            31 AUG 2014                                                                                                                                         

            • There will be adjustments to some early evening journeys.

            plymouth citybus 21


            Plymouth Citybus 21 21A

            01 JUL 2014                                                                                                                                              

            • PH0000135/100 
            • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
            • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
            • Variation Accepted: 
            • Operating between St Budeaux, Square 
            • and St Budeaux, Square 
            • given service number 21/21A 
            • effective from 31-Aug-2014. 
            • To amend Timetable.

            20 APR 2014                                                                                                                                                

            • Service 21/A: Some journeys retimed to improve reliability.
            plymouth citybus 21

            21 FEB 2014 

                                                                                                                                                   

            • PH0000135/100 
            • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
            • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
            • Variation Accepted: 
            • Operating between St Budeaux, Square 
            • and St Budeaux, Square 
            • given service number 21/21A 
            • effective from 20-Apr-2014. 
            • To amend Timetable.

            05 JAN 2014                                                                                             

            • Services 21, 21A The Monday to Friday 06:37 from Barne Barton to Steer Park Plympton will operate as a Service 21A instead of a Service 21. This will mean that 08:00 from Steer Park Plympton to Barne Barton will operate as a Service 21A instead of a Service 21, which increases capacity from Chaddlewood inbound during the morning peak. 


            19 DEC 2013                                                                                                                                       


            Plymouth Citybus 508 WF63LYS 19 December 2013 

            08 NOV 2013                                                                                                                                   

            • PH0000135/100 
            • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
            • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
            • Variation Accepted: 
            • Operating between St Budeaux, Square 
            • and St Budeaux, Square 
            • given service number 21/21A 
            • effective from 05-Jan-2014. 
            • To amend Timetable.

            23 AUG 2013                                                                                                                                            

            Plymouth Citybus 506 WF63LYP

            05 May 2013

            • Licence: PH0000135.100
            • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
            • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
            • Route Number: 21 21A
            • Start Point: St Budeaux, Square
            • Via: Plympton
            • End Point: St Budeaux, Square
            • Other Details: Route and timetable amended.
            • Received: 28-Feb-2013
            • Effective: 05-May-2013
            • Accepted: 28-Feb-2013
            • No end date
            • Event Type: Variation applications
            • N & P:  NP2473
            • N & P Section: 3.3 Applications to Vary Existing Services
            • Event Description:  To amend Route, Stopping Places and Timetable.
            • Final Published: 0
            • VOSA: PH0000135/100
            • New cross City service, which will merge the current 21/21A with the 26. Running from Plympton to Barne Barton via the City Centre and back in the opposite direction. Sunday service in Devonport will be increased to up to every 15 minutes to match the current 21/21A frequency.
            plymouth citybus 21

            Citybus route-21 Map May 2013 

            30 DEC 2012

            • Licence: PH0000135.100
            • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
            • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
            • Route Number: 21 21A
            • Start Point: Plymouth, Royal Parade
            • Via: Plympton
            • End Point: Steer Park, Down Road
            • Other Details: Timetable amended.
            • Received: 22-Nov-2012
            • Effective: 30-Dec-2012
            • Accepted: 22-Nov-2012
            • No end date
            • Event Type: Variation applications
            • N & P:  NP2466
            • N & P Section: 3.4 Applications to Vary Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice
            • Event Description:  To amend Timetable.
            • Final Published: 0
            • VOSA: PH0000135/100
            • SERVICE 21 from city centre to Mudge Way/Chaddlewood and 21A from Mudge Way / Chaddlewood to city centre will have extra trips in the peak time. Resources for this will come from service 21B, which will be withdrawn

            Plymouth Citybus 21


            11 NOV 2012

            • Licence: PH0000135.100
            • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
            • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
            • Route Number: 21
            • Start Point: Plymouth, Royal Parade
            • Via: Plympton
            • End Point: Steer Park, Down Road
            • "Other Details: Change of route and timetable, service 21 to operate via St Maurice to Ridgeway . Service 21A operating in opposite direction around Plympton.
            • New direct route 213 added to cover additional AM & PM peak times"
            • Received: 12-Sep-2012
            • Effective: 11-Nov-2012
            • Accepted: 12-Sep-2012
            • No end date
            • Event Type: Variation applications
            • N & P:  NP2460
            • N & P Section: 3.3 Applications to Vary Existing Services
            • Event Description:  To amend Route and Timetable.
            • Final Published: 0
            • VOSA: PH0000135/100

            Plymouth Citybus 21


            20 MAY 2012

            • Licence: PH0000135.100
            • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
            • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
            • Route Number: 21
            • Start Point: Plymouth, Royal Parade
            • Via: Plympton
            • End Point: Steer Park, Down Road
            • Other Details: Service extended back into Steer Park.
            • Received: 09-May-2012
            • Effective: 20-May-2012
            • Accepted: 09-May-2012
            • No end date
            • Event Type: Variation applications
            • N & P:  NP2452
            • N & P Section: 3.4 Applications to Vary Existing Services Granted Under Short Notice
            • Event Description:  To amend Route and Timetable.
            • Final Published: 0
            • VOSA: PH0000135/100
            • From Sunday the 20th May 2012 Plymouth Citybus Service 21 will return to Steer Park. In March this service was withdrawn from Steer Park and terminated at the District Centre. However thanks to Driver and Customer feedback saying that the Service 21 would still reach Steer Park on the same end to end times, from this Sunday the Service will return.There will be some minor time changes between some stops along the route, but there are no changes to the number of journeys or to the frequency. Peter Oliver Commercial Manager for Plymouth Citybus says, “We are really pleased to be putting the Service 21 back into Steer Park, this to a very large part is due our drivers and customers feedback. On the back of this we have high confidence that the new timetable will work”

            Plymouth Citybus 21


            09 MAY 2012

            • PH0000135/100 
            • PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD, 
            • MILEHOUSE, MILEHOUSE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA 
            • Variation Accepted by SN: 
            • Operating between Plymouth, Royal Parade 
            • and Steer Park, Down Road 
            • given service number 21 
            • effective from 20-May-2012. 
            • To amend Route and Timetable.

            04 MAR 2012

            • Licence: PH0000135.100
            • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
            • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
            • Route Number: 21
            • Start Point: Plymouth, Royal Parade
            • Via: Plympton
            • End Point: Chaddlewood District Centre
            • "Other Details: Vary route and timetable.
            • Service to terminate at Chaddlewood District Centre. Some early morning journeys on Saturdays withdrawn.
            • "
            • Received: 05-Jan-2012
            • Effective: 04-Mar-2012
            • Accepted: 05-Jan-2012
            • No end date
            • Event Type: Variation applications
            • N & P:  NP2443
            • N & P Section: 3.3 Applications to Vary Existing Services
            • Event Description:  To amend Route and Timetable.
            • Final Published: 0
            • VOSA: PH0000135/100
            • Service generally re-timed to adjust for the improvements now in effect in Prince Rock. To improve the overall efficiency of the service the service will no longer service Steer Park (See Service 20). Instead the service is to start and terminate at the District centre Chaddlewood. A couple of the very early morning journeys on Saturdays are to be withdrawn. For Steer Park the alternative fast bus provision would be either walk to the District centre or catch the Service 20 to Ridgeway and then change to the Service 21
            • Service 21 has been something of a success story both for Plympton and the wider network in general. Despite the improvements in traffic flows, the service is unable to sustain the high level of resource required to maintain an up to every 10 minute service into Steer Park. This together with the reality that 1/3 of all customers using the service are in possession of the free travel pass which in turn severely restricts the overall income potential of the service and upcoming substantial changes to the price of fuel used for buses, especially in the area of fuel tax. These combined pressures means that the service is simply unable to generate the income needed to sustain the resources required to maintain a high frequency service running all the way into Steer Park and as such we need to reduce down our driver and vehicle commitment to the service meaning we can’t quite reach Steer Park on the new times and levels of resource. 
            • Is the change to the Service 21 permanent?  We hope not, as more of our customers move to the smart card, boarding times will further improve (tap and go as opposed to paying the driver the fare). We may also see further improvements to running times in Prince Rock once the scheme is completely finished and enforcement of the bus priority takes effect. These changes alone may be enough to give us the extra time needed to reach Steer Park on a sustained basis. Once the change takes effect we will rely on feedback from the regular drivers to let us know when returning to Steer Park is possible.

            Plymouth Citybus 21


            05 SEP 2010

            • Licence: PH0000135.100
            • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
            • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
            • Route Number: 21
            • Start Point: Royal Parade Plymouth
            • Via: Prince Rock, Marsh Mills, Mudge Way, Chaddlewood - Steer Park
            • End Point: Steer park Plymouth
            • Other Details: Vary timetable.
            • Received: 05-Jul-2010
            • Effective: 05-Sep-2010
            • Accepted: 05-Jul-2010
            • No end date
            • Event Type: Variation applications
            • N & P:  NP2403
            • N & P Section: 3.3 Applications to Vary Existing Services
            • Event Description:  To amend Timetable.
            • Final Published: 0
            • VOSA: PH0000135/100
            • Sundays: The 07:10, 07:40 journeys from the City Centre and the 07:16, 07:46 journeys from Steer Park are to be withdrawn. Evening services to remain however with the last departure from the City Centre being at 22:10 and the last bus from Chaddlewood being at 21:46.

            Plymouth Citybus 21



            06 JUN 2010 

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            06 JUN 2010

            • Licence: PH0000135.100
            • Operator: PLYMOUTH CITYBUS LTD
            • Address: MILEHOUSE ROAD, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL3 4AA, GB
            • Route Number: 21
            • Start Point: Royal Parade Plymouth
            • Via: Prince Rock, Marsh Mills, Mudge Way, Chaddlewood - Steer Park
            • End Point: Steer park Plymouth
            • Other Details: 0
            • Received: 06-Apr-2010
            • Effective: 06-Jun-2010
            • Accepted: 06-Apr-2010
            • No end date
            • Event Type: Registered
            • N & P:  NP2397
            • N & P Section: 3.1 Registration of New Services
            • Event Description:  New Registration
            • Final Published: 0
            • VOSA: PH0000135/100
            • Service 21 operates between the City Centre and Steer Park operating every 10 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday with evening services operating every 30 minutes. On Sundays and Bank holidays the Service is to operate every 30 minutes during the day with evening services operating hourly. Starting from Steer Park Down Road the Service is to then operate to Chaddlewood District Centre then as per the current inbound route of the Service 51 to the City Centre. Whilst the construction works of the Prince Rock scheme take place the service will continue to operate via Exeter Street to Royal Parade however once the scheme is complete it is planned to use the journey time savings to either operate via Mayflower Street, to the Rail Station or through work to other areas of the City creating a new cross city local bus service

            Plymouth Citybus 21

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