Tendered services

Plymouth City Council Tendered Bus Service Network

Plymouth City Council provides financial support for thirteen bus services that operate within our city boundary. Without this support these services would be deemed commercially unviable and would not operate.

The services currently supported by the Council are:

Service number




Elburton to Sherford

Stagecoach Southwest

13/ 13S

13: Saltash Passage to City Centre via Weston Mill and Camels Head

13S: St Budeaux to Kings Tamerton via Barne Barton*

Plymouth Citybus


Derriford Hospital to City Centre via Ham, Keyham, Mutton Cove and Devonport

Plymouth Citybus


Hooe to City Centre via Plymstock Broadway and Pomphlett

Plymouth Citybus


Elburton to City Centre via Plymstock Broadway and Pomphlett

Plymouth Citybus


Plympton Ridgeway and Merafield to City Centre via Marsh Mills

Stagecoach Southwest


Pennycross to City Centre via Beacon Park and Mutley

Stagecoach Southwest


Hartley Vale to City Centre via Mannamead

Plymouth Citybus

42 Mainstone

Mainstone Loop to Asda

Plymouth Citybus

42/42A/42D Seaton Neighbourhood

Seaton Neighbourhood diversion

Plymouth Citybus


Whitleigh Green to Camels Head via Holly Park and Ringmore Way

Plymouth Citybus


Plympton to Derriford Hospital via Estover

Oakleys Coaches

54 Bovisand to City Centre via Plymstock (May Half Term & School Summer Holidays Only) Plymouth Citybus

*Please note that the 13S will only operate on school days until 9.28am

Bus Subsidy Ring Fenced Grant (BSOG)

Whilst the majority of funding for these services comes from the Council’s own budgets, each year we receive a grant from the Department for Transport (DfT) known as BSOG.

From 2020 to 2021 the Council have received a grant of £85,008 which will be used in supporting and maintaining the current tendered services network.

Better Deal for Buses Funding

In 2020-21 the Council were successful in securing a further grant from the DfT through the Better Deal for Buses fund, totalling £137,345.

In the 2020-21 financial year £55,495 was spent supporting a number of the services in the table above. Without this funding, it is likely that some of these services would have been withdrawn given the significant drop in passenger numbers resulting from the pandemic. The remaining monies will be spent on continuing to support these services from 2021 to 2022.

A copy of the Statement of Intent submitted to the DfT can be found below:

Local Transport Authority Covid Bus Service Support Grant (LTA CBSSG)

The DfT has provided additional funding to Local Authorities to help cover the additional costs on the tendered bus service network resulting from Covid-19.

Plymouth City Council were awarded £98,557 to cover the period from 17 March to 8 June 2020, and the funding has been used to provide the additional support as set out below:

Reimbursement of bus operators for lost on-bus revenue on tendered bus services - £55,236.39. 

A further £4,190.18 was spent on providing additional tendered services on the four Bank Holidays during the period to ensure that key workers were able to get to work.

Finally, £1,788.25 was spent on updating passenger information on our bus shelters.

The balance of the funding has been returned to the DfT.

Local Transport Authority Covid Bus Service Support Grant Restart (LTA CBSSG Restart)

The DfT have allocated a second tranche of funding to Local Authorities, again to help cover the additional costs on the tendered bus service network resulting from Covid 19.

Plymouth City Council have been awarded £62,114 to cover the period from 9 June to 3 August 2020.

Full details setting out how this funding has been spent will be available upon receipt of claims from Plymouth’s bus operators.