New Year, new bus services

Seven of Plymouth City Councils 13 financially supported bus routes will be run by new operators from January 2021, following a recent tender process.

We will take over services 13, 14, 17, 18 and 39 in the New Year and restart the Bovisand ‘beach bus’ (service 54) in the May half term. 

We will also continue to operate the, 42 (Mainstone), 42/42D (Seaton Neighbourhood) and 44A (Whitleigh-Camels Head) with no change to the timetables.

Following feedback from current passengers, services 17 and 18 will run into the city centre again (every other hour) and the number 18 will serve Nightingale Close instead of Candish Drive.

Service 13 will continue to run morning buses between Barne Barton, St Budeaux and Marine Academy Plymouth, replacing the link previously provided by service 32.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure said: “Most of the city’s bus services are run commercially but there are some that we financially support, to ensure residents can get from A to B and access the local services they need.

“We’re really pleased to have been able to retain a comprehensive network, as well as reinstate a direct link into the city centre for residents in Hooe and Elburton.

“Providing reliable bus services for people to get to work, school, shops and medical appointments is really important – not just for those without other transport. It’s about offering real sustainable transport choices, supporting the city’s recovery and our commitment to tackling climate change.”

Plymouth Citybus Managing Director, Richard Steven also added, "We are delighted to have been awarded this contract to operate these services within the city, in the current climate it is good news for the areas that these links are being provided by Plymouth City Council."

Full timetables will be made available on our websites within the next few weeks and if anyone has any questions regarding the operation of the new services please contact our Customer Experience Team on 01752 662271 or email

Season tickets that have be purchased via Stagecoach prior to todays date will still be honoured when the change of operator takes place and will be valid until their expiry date. If you wish to transfer the remainder of your ticket onto one of our Keycards then please contact our Customer Experience team.

Details can also be found on Plymouth City Councils website by clicking on the link attached, ‘tendered services’ page.


03 December 2020