And here is the back end ...
First Plymouth ain't dead yet - well not quite. First's web site, however is a bit moribund. As of yesterday there was no mention of 79 in the PDF timetables list under the general heading of "Timetable Booklets".
It was just over a year ago that Stagecoach launched their Gold service between Torquay and Plymouth and between Torquay and Dartmouth. fbb was well impressed with the celebrations and the gold biscuits with edible labels. His original blog is (here). Susequently doubled in frequency to Plymouth with the Datmouth service being a shuttle from Totnes, the service has obviously done well. Indeed done better than the First bus equivalent which faded gracelessly from the scene soon after Stagecoach started.
Flagship Stagecoach Gold bus service carried it’s one-millionth passenger during week commencing 24th November
Stagecoach Gold runs up to every half hour between Torquay and Plymouth, 6 days a week and up to every hour on Sundays
An anytime day return between Torquay and Plymouth is just £7.20, and between Torquay and Totnes is only £4.90
100% of Gold customers would use the service again and recommend it to a friend*
This time, the PR brought out, yet again, the local Great and Good ...
... presenting a prize to the lucky millionth passenger. She was awarded an annual season ticket for the service worth £940.
Well, what a surprise. The millionth passenger was a well satisfied regular user of the service. It was good thing they didn't get grumpy old Ethel Figgis from Paignton who would have said, "it's too (expletive deleted) expensive. I can't afford it more than once a month. It used to be sixpence when I were first married to Arnold, bless his dear departed soul. You can keep your prize."
And young Kirsty uses he free wi-fi as well. What a paean of passenger perfection!
Cynical, fbb; surely not?