Visitors and residents are being called to step aboard a new bus which has been launched to bring a boost to tourism in Rutland.
A launch event was held in High Street, Oakham, on Saturday to mark the start of Rutland County Council’s Shorelink bus service.
The service has been set up to make it easier for tourists to get to the county’s top attractions, catering for families and cyclists with room for bikes.
The bus has been in operation since Saturday, May 25, and runs seven days a week between 9am and 7pm, stopping at Hambleton, Barnsdale, Whitwell, Empingham, Lyndon, Normanton, Edith Weston, Manton, Preston and Gunthorpe, as well as Uppingham and Oakham.
Rutland MP Alan Duncan and town and county councillors turned out to mark the launch.
Rutland County Council leader Coun Roger Begy (Con) said: “The benefits of the new Shorelink bus should not be underestimated and I was delighted to officially launch the service at the weekend.
“Rutland is an area popular with visitors and the new route will enable people to move around the county, in particular between Rutland Water and the market towns of Oakham and Uppingham.
“Our challenge now is to make sure that people, both residents and visitors, are aware of this new service so they sample its opportunities. Word of mouth and personal recommendation are going to be very important as we build usage.”
Fares start from £2.50 for a single ticket, with a full day ticket with unlimited trips costing just £4. Further discounts are available for families and cost £10 per day. Bikes cost £2.