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All aboard for free bus travel to and from Oakham and Uppingham

Date Published: 28 May 2021
Bus travel

Bus passengers looking to travel to and from Uppingham and Oakham will be able to make their journeys for free during Rutland’s spring half-term holiday (Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 June), as part a special five-day promotion. 

The scheme has been devised as a result of Rutland County Council’s Transport Team working in close partnership with local operators to encourage new and returning passengers back on the buses.  Anyone who would normally have to pay a bus fare can travel free of charge, and this will be supported as part of government funding. Even concessionary pass holders can get free travel before 9.30 am. All journeys must start or finish in either Oakham or Uppingham. 

Seating capacity on some services may still be restricted to ensure social distancing, so travellers are reminded that it may be a case of ‘first come, first served’ on busier buses. 

“With the easing of COVID travel restrictions, we hope this will provide a timely opportunity for people to meet up with friends and family, go shopping in Oakham and Uppingham, or enjoy a day-out to visit local attractions which have now reopened. We’re actively promoting the scheme through local schools and colleges as this is an ideal and cost-free way for young people to meet up with their friends during next week’s half-term break”. “We hope residents of all ages will take advantage of this offer and leave the car at home next week. Come back to our historic market towns by bus, to enjoy their array of independent shops and great places to grab a bite to eat. If you are going to travel, please do plan ahead and travel safely. Help keep yourself, other passengers and transport staff protected by maintaining social distancing, wearing face-coverings unless exempt, and taking all the COVID-safe precautions of hands-face-space.” Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport 

To find out which bus services operate in your area, check your route and plan your journey, please visit: www.rutland.gov.uk/buses.   

Questions about the free five-day bus travel promotion can be sent by email to Transport@rutland.gov.uk or people without internet access can call the Rural Transport Officer on 01572 758138. Advice from the Council is also to check the rules while coronavirus restrictions remain in place and follow the Government’s guidance at www.gov.uk/covid.  

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