Tram Services

In the years after World War One, tram services were numbered 1 - 10. There was also a system of distinguishing groups of routes with symbols carried prominently on the ends of the trams. In the 1920's, some numbers were discontinued, and by 1935, the use of symbols also ceased.
When bus services began to develop, these too were numbered. No attempt was made to avoid duplication of service numbers between buses and trams, but as this situation continued until the end of tram services, it is unlikely that passengers suffered any confusion.
1 Coventry Station - Bedworth
From 1937, operated Broadgate - Bedworth.
2 Broadgate - Foleshill Depot
Later operated Broadgate - New Inn Bridge and subsequently Broadgate - Longford.
3 Broadgate - Foleshill (New Inn bridge)
Later operated Broadgate - Foleshill Depot then reverted to New Inn Bridge.
4 Broadgate - Longford
The use of this number was discontinued in the 1920's after which it would have operated as a short working of the Bedworth service.
5 Broadgate - Bell Green
Later extended to Allesley Road and in 1926 diverted to operate Coventry Station - Bell Green. It became Broadgate - Bell Green again in 1937.
6 Broadgate - Broad Street
Later extended through to Courthouse Green.
7 Broadgate - Stoke ("The Bulls Head") via Ford Street
Later extended to Coventry Station. In 1926 it was diverted to Allesley Road. In 1930 it was extended along Binley Road to Uxbridge Avenue. In 1932 the service was cut back from Coventry Station to Broadgate, but in 1934 extended through to Earlsdon for a short period. In 1936 the service was withdrawn.
8 Broadgate - Stoke ("The Bulls Head") via Victoria Street
The service was later extended to Earlsdon, initially via Smithford Street and then, from 1926 via Hertford Street. In 1934 the service was amended to operate Broadgate - Stoke (Uxbridge Avenue) for a short while, reverting to Earlsdon - Stoke ("The Bulls Head") until 1936. It then became Earlsdon - Stoke (Uxbridge Avenue) before being cut back from Earlsdon to operate from Broadgate in 1937. The service was suspended for just over twelve months from August 1939.
9 Broadgate - Allesley Road
The use of this number was discontinued in the 1920's after which it would have operated as a short working of either service 5 or 7, whichever covered the route at the time.
10 Broadgate - Peel Street
The use of this number was discontinued in the 1920's after which it would have operated as a short working of either service 5 or 6.
Other Services
Special services operated for factory workers and for Coventry City football matches at Highfield Road as well as special events.
Route Symbols
diamond Used on the Foleshill Road services.
triangle Used on the Stoney Stanton Road services.
disc Used on the Stoke via Ford Street service.
circle Used on the Stoke via Victoria Street service.
cross Used on the Allesley Road service until it was linked with other services. It appears not to have been used after World War One.
Wartime Disruption
Even prior to 14 November 1940, bombing caused disruption to tram services.
Service 1 was unable to operate into Broadgate from mid October due to track damage. It operated Eagle Street - Bedworth for a few days until further bombing forced the route to stop short at Foleshill Depot. The link through to Bedworth was never restored although by the end of October trams were operating Broadgate - Foleshill Depot again.
From mid October, Service 5 had to operate in two sections for a couple of days due to track damage adjacent to what is now St Finbarrs Club. Through operation was restored, but later it operated in three sections: Broadgate - Pool Meadow, Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital - Priestley's Bridge and Peel Street - Bell Green. By the end of October it was operating Broadgate - Peel Street and Peel Street - Bell Green.
Service 8 was replaced by buses for a few days in mid-October.


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