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Communities working to preserve 747 bus service

Date Published: 10 April 2017
Emergency funding for 747 bus service

Communities across Leicestershire and Rutland have begun working together to find a solution that would enable the 747 bus service to continue operating during 2018 and beyond.

Centrebus announced in November that the 747 service would end on January 8th 2017, stating it was no longer cost-effective to run. Rutland County Council and Leicestershire County Council then partnered to provide emergency funding for one year that would enable communities to work with the operator to try and identify a way of sustaining the service long term without the need for subsidy.

A first meeting between council officers, Centrebus and parish councillors was held on 27th March. Local communities will now take the lead on promoting the 747 service, improving reliability and attempting to increase passenger numbers. Centrebus has said that they are prepared to support the service by promoting and helping in any way possible.

“It’s extremely encouraging to see local communities taking the lead to look at how we can continue to run the 747 service. There was a strong turnout at Monday’s meeting, as well as a real determination to work together, and I would like to thank everyone for their input and involvement so far. I would also encourage local people to make greater use of the 747 bus and other valued rural bus routes wherever possible as an alternative to travelling by car.”
Councillor Tony Mathias, Portfolio Holder for Transport 

The 747 bus service that runs between Uppingham and Leicester is operated by Centrebus and has run 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, with its attractive gardens and children’s play area.

For more information about local bus services in Rutland, including timetables, please see our Bus Times and Travel page.

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