On Saturday 18th September, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor attended the inauguration of the new Tally Ho! bus service linking Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Totnes, which was officially launched by Anthony Mangnall MP. The event was hosted by Colin Billington at his private transport museum located just outside Kingsbridge, and timed to coincide with the Vintage Bus Running Day. The launch was also attended by Devon County Councillor Rufus Gilbert, representatives from GWR and Kingsbridge Town Council, Don McIntosh and his team from Tally Ho!, along with some of the many volunteers who helped make the day such a success. Mr Billington owns, amongst others, the 1933 vintage bus SD1 (pictured), which was used to bring the official party from Loddiswell to Kingsbridge.
The new bus service is one of the first in the South West to carefully integrate train and bus travel making it easier to visit the South Hams, plus helping local residents and businesses who seek to move away from car use. This new service will be a direct link between the three towns which brings an opportunity to promote and grow tourism, business, and trade. The recently announced Government National Bus Strategy promotes extended local services and rail/bus integration, so the South Hams is already head of the game!