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MOTOR BUS SERVICES IN OLD PLYMOUTH | NATIONAL OMNIBUS AND TRANSPORT COMPANY Ltd
ROUTE NETWORK, 1928
At midnight on Saturday December 31st 1927 the Devon Motor Transport Company was taken over by the National Omnibus & Transport Company.
Service numbers were introduced in June 1928:-
Route 201 : Plymouth to Yelverton and Tavistock
During the year National introduced a limited stop service from Plymouth to Torquay, which resulted in Messrs Ashcroft Motors extending their Paignton to Totnes service in to Plymouth. A similar service was introduced from Plymouth to Exeter.
However, National's influence in the area was to be
short-lived as on August 3rd 1929 the Great Western Railway (Road Traffic)
Act received the Royal Assent, authorising the
Great Western Railway to form its own bus company. The board of the
National Company had watched this event with interest and they entered into
negotiations with the
GWR on the basis that a combined rail and road operation made sense.
Both parties were in agreement and as a result the
Western National Omnibus Company Ltd came into being on January 1st
1929. The formal agreement was signed on April 17th 1929 and the new
Company held its first statutory meeting on May 13th 1929.