Date Published: 10 November 2017
Rutland County Council and Leicestershire County Council have announced the continuation of temporary funding to support the 747 bus service.
Concerns about the future of the 747 service between Uppingham and Leicester were first raised a year ago when Centrebus announced its intention to discontinue the service from January 2017, stating it was no longer cost-effective to run.
In response, both councils teamed up to provide emergency funding for one year, allowing communities to work with the operator to try and identify a way of sustaining the service long term, without the need for subsidy.
A further 12 months of funding has now been agreed by the two councils, keeping the service in operation until January 2019. The 747 will be reviewed during this time alongside other services.
“Communities in Leicestershire and Rutland have spent considerable time working with the council’s and Centrebus to build patronage on the 747. Although they are yet to find a viable long-term solution, we have agreed to continue funding the service temporarily, while we carry out a wider review of local transport in our area. In the meantime, I would encourage local people to carry on making use of the 747 bus and other rural bus routes wherever possible, as an alternative to travelling by car.”
Councillor Tony Mathias, Leader of Rutland County Council and Portfolio Holder for Transport
Leicestershire County Council has agreed to put forward two thirds of the amount requested by Centrebus - less than what was needed to maintain the service for 2016/17, while Rutland County Council will contribute the other third.
“I am pleased that we have been able to secure the 747 bus service for at least another year. While both councils cannot commit to providing long-term subsidy, it gives us enough time to review the county’s passenger transport provision and enable us to explore other options in the future.”
Councillor Pam Posnett, Leicestershire County Councilcabinet member for passenger transport
The 747 bus service that runs between Uppingham and Leicester is operated by Centrebus and ran on a commercial basis for a number of years. It passes through the rural villages of Belton, Wardley, Houghton on the Hill and Billesdon, stopping at attractions including Leicestershire’s Humberstone Park.
For more information about local bus services in Rutland, please visit our Transport page.