Webpage created: June 18, 2017.
Webpage updated: June 18, 2017
MOTOR BUS SERVICES IN OLD PLYMOUTH
GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY ROAD MOTOR DEPARTMENT
Down in deepest Cornwall, the Great Western Railway Company started a motor omnibus service from Helston to the Lizard in August 1903. Keen to make even bigger money from this innovation in transport, they followed it up in May 1904 by opening a route from Modbury and Yealmpton to Brixton Road Station, on the GWR Yealmpton Branch. However, in June they cut the service back to just Modbury to Yealmpton Station.
But there must have been some call for an alternative road service between Yealmpton and Plymouth because in September 1904 the GWRC introduced a motor bus service from Modbury through Yealmpton to Plymouth Station at Millbay.
Also in 1904 they started a motor bus service service from Plymouth Station through Mutley and Crownhill to Roborough, in direct competition with one of Mr Baskerville's horse bus services. On Wednesdays and Saturdays the route was extended to the Rock at Yelverton. This continued the the winter of 1904-05 but ceased at the end of September 1905.
The service from Plymouth to Modbury ceased in June 1907.
This left only the Millbay to Roborough route. After putting Mr Baskerville out of business sometime around 1912, the GWR pulled out of the service in August 1916.
After a break of nearly five years, in the March 1921 the GWRC started a new service between Plymouth Station through Plymstock, Yealmpton, Modbury and Kingsbridge to Dartmouth.
As from April 20th 1922 the GWRC motor bus services were placed in their own Road Motors Department at Swindon, under Mr F C A Coventry as Superintendent of Road Transport.
It was another three years, in July 1924, before the next new service was commenced, between Plymouth and Bigbury-on-Sea. For the first year it ran in the summer months only but was then extended to operate all the year round.
In 1925 the timings on the Kingsbridge and Dartmouth route were co-ordinated with those of services provided by the Devon Motor Transport Company.
During 1928 the GWR also ran a service from Plymouth to Noss Mayo.
On December 31st 1928 all the services ceased when, as a result of the Great Western Railway (Road Transport) Act 1928, the motor bus services of the Great Western Railway were transferred to the Western National Omnibus Company Ltd.