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Centrebus 747 which links Uppingham to Leicester is to continue thanks to the support of Rutland County Council and Leicestershire County Council

Rutland County Council and Leicestershire County Council have announced the continuation of funding to support the 747 bus service.

The 747 bus service, which runs from Leicester to Uppingham, has had its contract extended until January 4 2021 after the two councils agreed a joint funding agreement with Centrebus.

The move follows the careful assessment of current bus usage as both councils review the bus services they support in a bid to deliver value-for-money services.

A Centrebus
A Centrebus

Coun Lucy Stephenson (Con-Uppingham), cabinet member for transport at Rutland County Council, said: "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 and ensure its future sustainability.”

The two councils originally agreed to continue and fund the bus service in January 2017, after Centrebus announced the 747 was no longer cost-effective to run on a commercial basis.

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