20 September 2019

Late reminder for tomorrow..

Returning for our 12th year, the Kingsbridge Running Day on Saturday 21st September is going to include some interesting new routes as well as a different mix of vehicles for both regular and new visitors to enjoy.

The Running Day will be centred on Kingsbridge Bus Station on the Quay, operating services from 10.00 until 17.30.

The extensive network and full timetable give visitors the opportunity to ride on a range of vehicles to spectacular coast and country destinations all around Kingsbridge and the South Hams. The routes we plan to use were formerly operated by the Great Western Railway Road Motors, the Western National Omnibus Company and/or other local operators such as Tally Ho Coaches and the Coleridge Community Bus. In 2018 road closures affecting routes to the east of Kingsbridge encouraged us to explore the network to the west of the town.  These were popular and will feature again in the 2019 timetable.

general view

Features of Kingsbridge 2019 include:

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Services to East Portlemouth, South Pool & Sherford, Goveton, Slapton, Salcombe, Hope Cove, Thurlestone, Bantham, Loddiswell, California Cross, Bigbury on Sea, East Allington, Kingston and Ringmore

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Circular services provided by Coleridge Community Bus (in its 40th anniversary year) operating a route fr Kingsbridge to Beesands, North Hallsands, Kellation and Ford.  Their bus provides low floor access unlike more ‘vintage’ vehicles.

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Special free vintage bus services to coordinate with the Royal Visit and unveiling of sculptures in Kingsbridge and Salcombe as part of the Salcombe lifeboat 150th anniversary celebrations: http://salcombelifeboat.co.uk/news2/  (0835 feeder service from Salcombe to Kingsbridge with timetable adjustments to suit possible short-term road closures).

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Other circular services including Kingsbridge to Goveton, via Buckland-tout-Saints and Kingsbridge to Blackawton back through Strete and along the coast.

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A circular ‘school’ service TNS004 through the Avon Valley combined with pre-war rail replacement route 177 from South Brent.

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Coach excursions to Bigbury-on-Sea for the sea tractor and facilities on Burgh Island in the morning and to the sheltered bay of Blackpool Sands to the east of Kingsbridge in the afternoon.

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Short workings with a town service via Rack Park and a circular to Churchstow offering round trip times of less than 30 minutes so enthusiasts can sample a greater number of vehicles in the course of the day.

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Double-deck open-top rides on the Churchstow and Aveton Gifford services.

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A number of routes with duplicate vehicles so that passengers can change vehicles at outer termini.

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Refreshment opportunities with programme advertisers en route such as Burgh Island at Bigbury-on-Sea (Tour and Service 101), Millbrook Inn, South Pool (Service 99), The Sloop Inn, Bantham (102, 161), Salcombe Dairy ice cream (105, 100/109/100, 158), Aune Valley Café, Loddiswell (92/3, 103) and The Creeks End Inn, Kingsbridge

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Refreshments at Loddiswell Station courtesy of the owners with proceeds going to Loddiswell PTFA to benefit the Pre-and Primary Schools (103).

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Stagecoach service buses to and from Plymouth will operate through the day to the normal Saturday timetable

Full details on the TVGWOT web site

I sadly wont be there but have a great time everyone!

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