Workers in Rutland are being urged to make the most of new bus services which run from early in the morning to late at night.
Rutland County Council launched its new Worklink service as part of its Government-funded Travel4Rutland project.
There are four routes, which link Oakham and Uppingham, with Stamford, Melton Mowbray and Corby, and some services start at 5am and finish at 1am.
The biggest employers in Oakham, Lands’ End and RPC Containers, are covered by the buses, as is CS Ellis in South Luffenham.
Deputy council leader Terry King (Con), who is portfolio holder for economic development, said: “Our major employers attract many people from the surrounding areas of Corby, Melton and Stamford and it’s not always easy for them to get to work, particularly when shifts start and finish outside the 9 to 5 working day.
“The council recognised this problem and applied for government funding.
“We were fortunate to receive that funding and it’s going from strength to strength as more people become aware of it.”
Before the service was launched this summer, the council contacted the biggest employers across the county to make sure the bus service fitted in with their shift patterns. The timetable will be continually reviewed to make sure it remains relevant to businesses.
The service has been such a success that one employer has sold more than 20 season tickets and regularly has 25 passengers arriving for work by bus every day.
Coun King said more residents were also taking advantage of the services evening timetable.
He added: “We are also seeing more and more residents taking advantage of the evening timetable as the service is available for all, travelling between towns for social purposes.”
Fares start from £2 single, with weekly tickets from £15. A monthly pass costs just £50.
Worklink is being operated by Centrebus on behalf of Rutland County Council. The service has been funded by a grant from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund which is also enabling Rutland County to operate Shorelink, the tourist bus linking Rutland Water with Oakham and Uppingham.
The services operate as hail and ride and the buses will stop at any location along the route as long as it is safe.
The 40 service runs between Oakham and Melton; the 41 service between Oakham and Stamford; the 42 service between South Luffenham and Stamford; and the 43 service between South Luffenham and Corby.
The full bus timetable can be found by going to www.rutland.gov.uk/worklink or call 01572 722577 for more information.
As part of them £4m Travel4Rutland scheme, a seperate tourism bus service was also launched called Shorelink. The council is also working on a new bus station and improvements to cycle paths.