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Free Christmas shopper buses being offered over December

The free Christmas Shopper Buses will collect passengers before travelling to Nottingham, Peterborough and Leicester on three different dates next month.

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picture of christmas tree in Oakham
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picture of christmas tree in Oakham

Rutland County Council are offering free return bus travel to three city shopping destinations in December, in the lead-up to Christmas. 

The free Christmas Shopper Buses will collect passengers from areas such as Langham, Barleythorpe Oakham, Gunthorpe, Preston and Uppingham before travelling to Nottingham, Peterborough and Leicester on three different dates next month. 

The initiative is being funded by national grant money which has been made available to Rutland through the government’s Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) programme. This gives money to local councils to help encourage use of public transport, including periods of free or heavily subsidised bus travel. The same funding is being used to offer passengers free travel for any bus journey starting in Rutland after 9am throughout the month of December. 

Rutland’s three Christmas Shopper Buses will be operating on the following dates, with specific timetable information below: 

Saturday 9th December – Nottingham 

Saturday 16th December – Peterborough 

Saturday 23rd December – Leicester 

“These are one-off journeys intended to provide an accessible public transport option to popular shopping destinations in the run-up to Christmas – promoting greater bus usage among residents who travel predominantly or exclusively by car. It allows for people of all ages to perhaps explore somewhere new, as well as picking up gifts for friends and family without the hassle of driving and parking to shop at a busy time of year. We hope this initiative will prove popular and encourage people to consider swapping cars for buses again in the future, as we continue to look at ways to improve our public transport network in Rutland.” 

Councillor Christine Wise, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport, and the Environment 

In additional to its two offers of free bus travel in December, Rutland County Council is also providing free parking for seasonal late night shopping events in Uppingham and Oakham on 7th and 11th December respectively, as well as Small Business Saturday on 2nd December.