Date Published: 25 September 2018
Bus operator Mark Bland Travel has been commissioned by Rutland County Council to provide additional passenger transport services along the county’s Service 9 route between Oakham and Stamford.
In June 2018, Service 9 operator Centrebus Ltd advised Rutland County Council that it intended to cancel several of its subsidised journeys along the Oakham to Stamford route. This would come into effect from 2 September 2018 and result in the withdrawal of Service 9’s 4.00pm journey Monday to Friday, along with all Saturday journeys.
In response to this enforced change, Rutland County Council has been exploring possible replacement journeys with other bus operators in order to maintain service levels for passengers in the east of the county.
This has resulted in Mark Bland Travel being commissioned by the Council to extend its existing 185 service and fill gaps in the Service 9 timetable.
In recent weeks, Centrebus has further evaluated its ability to operate service and has agreed its continuation of weekday morning services. There will be a reduction in service for some journeys during the daytime on Saturdays, though alternative travel options are available.
A copy of the revised timetables and alternative routes can be found on our Transport pages.
Residents in the east of the county also have the opportunity to make use of the on-demand Call Connect service, which operates in the Stamford and Welland area.
For information about Call Connect services and arranging a collection visit the Call Connect website or call: 01733 317 461.
“We are working extremely hard to maintain the county’s local transport services and have so far managed to avoid making the kind of cuts that have been introduced by councils in other areas. The pressures felt by operators are understood and we will continue to work with them to find solutions which will protect services. The effect of the service reduction of some journeys on Saturdays will be monitored.”
Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Portfolio Holder for Transport