Date Published: 19 November 2018
Rutland County Council has reached an agreement to put additional bus services in place between Oakham and Stamford to support people living and working in the east of the county.
Following recent changes to services along the Oakham to Stamford route, the Council has worked closely with CallConnect to secure a scheduled service, covering some of the gaps left by the reduced Service 9, serving Stamford, Whitwell, Empingham, Great Casterton and Oakham. In addition to this, CallConnect continues to offer its flexible demand-led services.
The new service will complement existing Service 9 and 184 buses already operating along this route in order to provide to full weekday coverage and additional Saturday travel options for local communities.
“We understand the pressures that bus operators are facing and, where issues have arisen, have worked hard to help protect the services that people rely on for travel. Since the Council received initial confirmation that the Service 9 was to be reduced, Officers have continued efforts to find alternatives, while feedback from those affected and a petition from service users helped demonstrate the strength of feeling in our communities. We must use our limited resources wisely. It is hard to justify supporting services which are underused, often empty, on a scheduled timetable. I must stress this is a trial service and usage levels will be reviewed between the Council and Call Connect. It is therefore hugely important that we make the most of our public transport services, helping to protect them for the future.”
Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Portfolio Holder for Transport
A combined timetable showing all public transport operating between Oakham and Stamford, plus a new CallConnect leaflet have been delivered to homes in Tickencote, Great Casterton, Empingham and Whitwell. They are also available from Oakham Bus Station, Oakham Library, Rutland County Museum and the Council’s Catmose offices.
Further information about public transport and bus times can be found on our Transport page.
Feedback is also being sought on the future of public transport services in Rutland in the form of a consultation on the County’s latest Local Transport Plan.