15 September 2014

Kingsbridge Running Day coming up…

One of the highlights of the year is coming up this next Saturday:


We have organised vintage bus running days in Kingsbridge every year since 2008 so this will be our seventh event in the South Hams
The routes we plan to use are those formerly operated by the Great Western Railway Road Motors, the Western National Omnibus Company and other local operators such as Tally Ho Coaches. Services to East Portlemouth, South Pool, Goveton, Slapton, Salcombe, Hope Cove, Thurlestone, Bantham, Loddiswell, California Cross and East Allington are being scheduled as before. The new services introduced in 2013 (the Coleridge Community Bus circular route 1 from Kingsbridge to Slapton, East Allington, Goveton and Ledstone and School Bus Route TNS004 through the Avon Valley coupled with pre-war rail replacement route 177 to and from South Brent) proved to be very popular and will be repeated this year. In addition there will be several short workings and a new town service with round trip times of less than 30 minutes to enable sampling a greater number of vehicles over the course of the day. Several routes will have duplicates so that passengers can change vehicles at outer termini

TVAGWOT: Kingsbridge Running Day 2014

City of Exeter 173 JFJ873

If you only get to one event this year, then make it this one!

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