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100 years of bus travel in Devon to be celebrated

Stagecoach South West to bring Iconic buses out of retirement

Stagecoach South West and The Devon General Society will be marking 100 years of bus travel by celebrating the historic Service 2 with a bus journey from Exeter to Torquay. 

The journey, on one of the country’s oldest bus routes, will take place on Thursday 18 July.

Two preserved Devon General buses and a modern Stagecoach South West bus, with special livery to mark the centenary, will take part in the spectacle.  

Bob Dennison, Managing Director of Stagecoach South West, said “Devon General is one of the best loved and remembered public transport operators in the country. It is fantastic to be part of the centenary celebrations and to see the development of bus travel over the past 100 years.”

The buses will depart Exeter Central Station at 10am and start their journey, travelling down Queen Street and the lower part of Exeter High Street, before heading to Exminster to pick up representatives from Westbank, the charity which is being supported by sales of the centenary book. The route continues through Dawlish, arriving at Teignmouth seafront where there will be a 30 minute break for people to come and see the historic buses.

The buses will then travel along the A381 through Newton Abbot, completing the historic route in Torquay where a celebratory reception will take place at Torre Abbey.

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