Date Published: 04 November 2019
Rutland County Council and Leicestershire County Council have announced the continuation of funding to support the 747 bus service for a further year.
Questions about the future of the 747 service between Uppingham and Leicester were first raised in 2016 when the operator Centrebus raised concerns that the service was no longer cost-effective to run.
In response, both councils worked together to provide emergency funding, allowing communities to work with the operator to try and identify a way of sustaining the service.
A further 12 months of funding has now been agreed by the two councils, keeping the service in operation until 4th January 2021. Both councils are currently implementing their Passenger Transport Strategies and will keep the service under review throughout this process.
“We recognise that the 747 is essential for many people who travel between Uppingham and Leicester so we have agreed to extra funding to support this valuable service. We will continue to work closely with local communities, Leicestershire County Council and Centrebus to try and encourage greater use of the service to ensure its future sustainability.”
Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Cabinet Member for Transport at Rutland County
“We are carefully considering the services we support going forward in these times of tough financial decisions. I am pleased that we have worked alongside Rutland County Council to continue to support the service to these communities for the foreseeable future.”
Blake Pain, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport at Leicestershire County Council
The 747 bus service runs from Leicester through Thurnby, Bushby, Houghton on the Hill, Billesdon, Skeffington, Tugby, East Norton, Belton in Rutland, to Uppingham.
For further information about local bus services in Rutland, please see our Transport pages.