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Bus journeys from Oakham, Uppingham and Stamford to be reduced in autumn in new Rutland County Council timetables



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Two local bus services will be reduced from September as part of new timetables being drawn up by Rutland County Council.

The cuts followed Centrebus’ decision to hand back its contract for the Rutland Flyer 1 (RF1) and Service 9 journeys and stop running buses along these routes at the end of August.

From Tuesday, August 30, the RF1 from Melton to Corby, via Oakham and Uppingham, will be operated by Bland’s Rutland Ltd and re-named the R1 Service.

Rutland County Council is set to publish new timetables for several local bus routes. Photo: Alan Walters
Rutland County Council is set to publish new timetables for several local bus routes. Photo: Alan Walters

There will be seven journeys from Melton to Oakham per day and eight from Oakham to Corby, down by three and four journeys respectively.

From Monday, September 5, the Service 9 bus from Oakham to Stamford will be replaced by a council-run minibus service - the R9 Service.

It will continue to stop at Whitwell, Empingham and Great Casterton en route to Stamford and will run six times a day in each direction. Currently eight journeys run from Oakham and seven from Stamford.

Coun Rosemary Powell said the council was disappointed, but determined to improve the county's bus service
Coun Rosemary Powell said the council was disappointed, but determined to improve the county's bus service

Coun Rosemary Powell (Ind - Whissendine), Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said the council was disappointed, but determined to make improvements and would review all services this autumn for 2023.

“Unfortunately, we had to choose between a reduced timetable for these services or discontinue them altogether,” she said.

“Increased fuel prices and driver shortages mean it’s now more challenging than ever to operate a rural bus service.

“We’ve also missed out on around £3 million of government grant funding to implement a new Bus Service Improvement Plan, which would have boosted public transport in Rutland.”

From Tuesday, August 30, Service 12 from Uppingham to Stamford will become the R5 Service, with minor timetable changes so it can be used by students heading to and from school and college.

From the same day, the Oakham Hopper will be expanded to include new journeys to and from Braunston, while the Rutland Flyer 2 (RF2) will become the R2 Service and offer more journeys back through Cottesmore, Greetham and Market Overton.

Also from August 30, the Service 47 bus will become the R4 Service and will no longer stop at Belton or Barrowden.

The council said that data showed no-one from these villages had used the service since September 2019, but it will be kept under review if demand changes.

Full details of changes will be published at www.rutland.gov.uk and at bus stops throughout the county in August.

For more information, e-mail transport@rutland.gov.uk or call 01572 722577.



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