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Plymouth Citybus – The Company

Plymouth Citybus was formed in 1986 to take over the operations of Plymouth City Council Passenger Transport Department.  However, its origins can be traced right back to 1892 when its predecessors introduced horse trams to the Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport areas.

Today Plymouth Citybus is at the heart of the local community; it is a member of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and is represented in many local forums affecting life in the city.

The company operates a modern fleet, and provides the local service for Plymouth customers. We employ 443 staff and carry over 14 million passengers a year.

Plymouth Citybus also operates the following:-

Plymouth Citybus – Corporate Responsibility

We have recently published our 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report, which outlines our corporate responsibility performance from July 2011 to June 2012. Click here to download the report.

Plymouth Citybus – The History

Through the years the original private companies that began the horse tram services eventually gave way to municipal enterprise and in turn electric traction was introduced and then diesel motor buses.

From 1986 until 2009, Plymouth Citybus traded as a private limited company that was wholly owned by Plymouth City Council. It was then bought by the Go-Ahead group in November 2009.

Go-Ahead is a major provider of transport services across the UK, employing over 27,000 people. The group’s operations span bus, rail and aviation services and are defined by a belief that local people make the best decisions about running local services. At Plymouth Citybus, as in each of the Go-Ahead’s subsidiary companies we run a local bus service in tune with the local market.

Over the past 24 years, Plymouth Citybus has offered a local bus service network that provides a comprehensive service 7 days a week to its customers in Plymouth.

Plymouth Citycoach

As part of the group, Plymouth Citybus has also built up a successful coach business, Plymouth Citycoach, which provides complete coach tours, coach trips and private hire packages to individual customers as well as corporate clients.  Its vehicles are a common sight both on mainland Europe and inside the UK, taking customers on popular trips to London theatre, Alton Towers and on city tours.
Contact the Plymouth Citycoach team by telephone on 01752 264207 or    e-mail

Car and Commercial

The car and commercial service is another area of the business that started in1986 and has grown to provide provide retail vehicle maintenance facilities to a wide range of customer from the private motorist to heavy haulage operators who depend on Car and Commercial to keep their lorries mobile.
For further enquiries about the car and commercial service telephone the team on 01752 264215 or e-mail

Bus Advertising

Plymouth Citybus advertising provides the opportunity to purchase advertising space on the Plymouth Citybus fleet. We offer side posters, rears and on-bus TV screens.
Contact the bus advertising team by telephone on 01752 264229 or     e-mail





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