Thursday, 14 April 2011

Smaller Bus Services in the Bay.

I see there is now a bus service direct to Cockington Village from Paignton. In the past the only bus service to Cockington ran from Torquay from outside the Pavillion. This service is provided by Local Link and runs every half hour from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and takes 10 mins to Cockington Village, service number 62. For Local Links web pages click here . When you get to the time table page it is printed on it's side so you will need to right click on the timetable and rotate it to read it.
The new service, the 50, from Torbay Rd, Paignton(near the train station) is run by Devonian Motor Service and runs every 20 mins. They also run a 500 service from Paignton to Broadsands, the only bus to go to Broadsands these days and well worth a visit. Their time tables are to be found here.


Cabbie J said...

I've also noticed a new bus doing the rounds. Not sure who its operated by as it has no insignia - but its a blue/green/white Wrightbus usually seen in Shiphay/Marldon Road.

He was running as a free bus for a while in Paignton, presumably awaiting for VOSA to certify.

HKguy said...

I remember the days of Bayline, (Was that Devon & General) in the late 80's/early 90's when most of Torbay's buses (at least in summer) were Sherpa minibuses and the like. There were some bigger buses but not many!! Humongous queues in the summer but the buses from Torquay to Paignton ran about every 90 seconds or something. Usually young drivers on Uni leave or something. I remember them passing the Grand Hotel like a flotilla of battleships ready for battle. Ah happy days....:)

DG 875 said...

HK GUY, what you're talking about is the "new" Devon General (later Bayline) which resurrected the name after National Bus Company was sold off. It was a man called Harry Blundred who started the minibus revolution- I seem to remember tat he also ran buses in Hong Kong
The original Devon General disappeared when it was merged into Western National on natioanalisation.

Anonymous said...

Harry Blundred brought in mini buses which were totally useless in Torbay and ended up owning just a pub. Brian Souter brought in double deckers as soon as he bought the Torbay services and ended up being extremely wealthy. I wonder why?