Webpage created: July 23, 2019
Webpage updated: July 25, 2019
GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY ROAD MOTOR DEPARTMENT
Down in deepest Cornwall, the Great Western Railway Company Limited had started a motor omnibus service from Helston to the Lizard. Keen to make even bigger money from this innovation in transport, they followed it up by opening a route to Modbury from Brixton Road Station, on the railway from Plymouth Station, Millbay, to Yealmpton Station. That was on May 2nd 1904. However, that presumably lost them income from the railway so on June 1st they cut the service back to just Yealmpton Station to Modbury.
Another new road motor service that was started on June 1st 1904 was from Saltash Station to Callington and Albaston, all in Cornwall. This was run in connection with the Plympton to Saltash Suburban Service that started on the same day.
On Monday September 12th that year they also started a service from Plymouth Station to Roborough Village, in direct competition with one of Mr Baskerville's horse buses. On Wednesdays and Saturdays the route was extended to the Rock at Yelverton.
The service between Roborough and Yelverton was the first to be cut back, the last day of operation being Wednesday September 27th 1905. This was followed by the closure of the Modbury service on Sunday June 30th 1907.
On March 25th 1921, after a break of nearly five years, the Great Western Railway Company started a bus service from Plymouth Station to Kingsbridge and Dartmouth. It survived until December 31st 1928. In 1925 the timings over the road to Modbury were co-ordinated with those of the services run by the Devon Motor Transport Company.
As from April 20th 1922 the GWRC motor bus services were placed in their own Road Motor Department at Swindon, under Mr F C A Coventry as Superintendent of Road Transport.
From July 14th until September 21st 1924 it operated a service from Plymouth Station to Bigbury-on-Sea. They ran it again the following year, from July 13th, extending it to operate right through the winter as well and was still listed in January 1929.
During 1928 they also ran a service from Plymouth to Noss Mayo. It started on January 2nd 1928 and ceased like the others on December 31st 1928 when, as a result of the Great Western Railway (Road Transport) Act 1928, the motor bus services of the Great Western Railway Company Limited Road Motor Department were transferred to the Western National Omnibus Company Limited.