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First Devon & Cornwall
Penzance 38004 38006.jpg
Alexander RH bodied Volvo B10M-50 open top buses
at Penzance in May 2010
Parent FirstGroup
Headquarters Plymouth
Service area Devon and Cornwall
Service type Bus services
Routes 93
Depots 4
Fleet 240 (March 2013)

First Devon & Cornwall[1] is a bus company operating services in the English counties of Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. It is a subsidiary of FirstGroup.

First Devon & Cornwall includes the "First Kernow" and Buses of Somerset brands.


Alexander Dennis Enviro400 in Plymouth in June 2012
Plaxton Pointer II bodied Dennis Dart in Plymouth in August 2007
Preserved ECW bodied Leyland Olympian in the old livery at Penzance Bus Station in April 2012

First Devon & Cornwall was formed from two previous operators: Western National (in Cornwall and South Devon) and Red Bus (in North Devon).

In April 2008, First Devon & Cornwall purchased Truronian.[2][3] In 2014 First Somerset & Avon routes around Taunton were transferred to First Devon & Cornwall and rebranded as The Buses of Somerset.


First Devon & Cornwall routes cover much of Cornwall and South West Devon.

FD&C operate the Park and Ride service in Truro.[4]


As at March 2013 the fleet consisted of 240 buses and coaches.[5]

First Devon & Cornwall operate one of the older FirstGroup fleets with an average of 11.6 years.[6] New purchases are rare with most buses transferred from other group fleets.[7]

Until December 2006 First Devon & Cornwall operated the last sizeable fleet of Bristol VRT double-deck buses in the United Kingdom.[8] Some of these Bristol VRTs were preserved.

As at September 2013 the oldest buses in the fleet were seven 1987 Alexander RH bodied Volvo B10M-50s that have been converted to open top buses for services between Penzance, Lands End and St Ives.[7][9]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 1669417 First Devon & Cornwall Limited
  2. ^ First to buy Truronian 15 February 2008
  3. ^ Anticipated acquisition by Firstgroup plc of Truronian Limited Office of Fair Trading 11 April 2008
  4. ^ Cornwall Council,
  5. ^ FirstGroup Fleetlist Steve White
  6. ^ About us First Devon & Cornwall
  7. ^ a b First: Devon, Kernow, Somerset, Truronian UK Buses 1 September 2013
  8. ^ FDC VR running day, 09/12/06
  9. ^ Service 300 Cornwall Explorer First Devon & Cornwall

External links[edit]

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