Including Old Devonport UK  and Old East Stonehouse UK and beyond.

  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: August 17, 2019
Webpage updated: August 17, 2019




Commencement (see note A below)

Monday October 23rd 1916, following the provision of through running facilities at Peverell Corner between the Plymouth Corporation's Route 3 and the Devonport and District Tramway Company's service from Morice Square to Tor Lane.

Original Route (see note B below)

Theatre Royal, Lockyer Street, Princess Square, Westwell Street, Basket Street, Old Town Street, Tavistock Road, Sherwell (fare from Theatre, 1d), North Hill, Mutley Plain, Hyde Park (1d), Hyde Park Road, Peverell Park Road, Peverell Corner, Tavistock Road Devonport, Milehouse (2d), Milehouse Hill, Saint Levan Road, North Keyham Gate (2d), Keyham Road, South Keyham Gate, William Street, New Passage Hill, Morice Square (3d).

Extended from Theatre Royal to George Street, Millbay Road, Plymouth Station (Millbay), West Hoe Road, Radford Road, Grand Parade, Promenade Pier, when required.

Subsequent development (see note C below)


Route Licensing Regulations, Wednesday July 8th 1931

Under the new route licensing regulations that came into force on Wednesday July 8th 1931, tramway service "3" was allocated number H.1315.

Provision was made for the Dockyard Specials from Morice Square via South and North Keyham to the Royal Naval Barracks as service "3A, H.1328; from Peverell via Saint Levan Road and Keyham Road to Fore Street as service "3A", H.1354; and from Hyde Park via Peverell, Saint Levan Road to the Royal Naval Barracks, service "3B", H.1329.

Replacement by Motor Buses, Monday June 3rd 1935

On October 15th 1934 the Tramways and Transport Committee resolved to make an application to the Traffic Commissioners for a road service licence to operate a service of double-deck buses on Route 3 between Cattedown, Peverell, Saint Levan Road and Marlborough Street to Fore Street.

The last trams ran on Route 3 on Sunday June 2nd 1935 and were replaced on Monday June 3rd 1935 by a new motor bus service, Route 3, from Greenbank to Fore Street via Mutley Plain, Peverell Park Road, Milehouse, and North Keyham Gate.

Note A:  Wherever possible an exact date of commencement of a service is shown.  However, in a lot of cases no precise date has been recorded so reference will be made to official returns to the Council or other documentary evidence to narrow the date down as much as possible.

Note B:  This gives the roads and streets the service passed through.  A road or street name in brackets indicates that it has not been confirmed beyond doubt that the road or street was used by buses on this route but it is a "best guess" based on the author's knowledge of the practice at the time.  If it is subsequently confirmed by either documentary or photographic evidence that the road or street was traversed by this service then the brackets will be deleted.

Note C:  Where deviations to the original route are shown they will be from and to a road or street named in the "Original Route" section so that the alteration in route can be easily followed.