Plymouth trams were complicated ...
Plymouth Corporation and rival Western National buses were under increasing pressure after the ravages of World War 2; much of the city was destroyed or badly damaged. Both operators had suffered damage to their depots and fleet and so the two companies decided to pool resources under a Plymouth Joint Services agreement.
This took effect from 1 October 1942 and resulted in 80% of mileage in the city being operated by the Corporation and 20% by Western National; the receipts were also divided in the same proportion, irrespective of which company operated which routes.
... operating higher frequencies, and fare reductions. After a while direct competition between the two companies lessened significantly and they largely returned to operating their old routes.
A recent-ish development was a bit of aggression from First in the form of their Ugo network ...
Which brings us to 2013 and the former municipality's significant encroachment into First's traditional out-of-town territory; a policy which had started in 2009 when red buses rode eastwards to Plympton in the form of City Bus 5. GoAhead started its "Blue Flash" route 12 to Tavistock, followed soon after by route 32 to Torpoint, both deep into First's territory.
It was a route 32 bus that fbb caught at 1224 from the stop opposite the railway station to observe the consequences of competition 2013-style.