Tourism bus in Rutland set to only run at weekends

Transport Minister Norman Baker MP and Rutland County Council leader Roger Begy (Con).
Transport Minister Norman Baker MP and Rutland County Council leader Roger Begy (Con).
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A bus that was launched to boost tourism in the county is set to have its service reduced over the next four months to save a council £9,000.

The Shorelink bus service, which started in May, will only run at weekends until April as passenger numbers have fallen over the winter months.

In August, passenger numbers peaked at 450 for the week but by November, the number of people boarding the bus had dropped to 150, with the majority of these being at the weekend.

Members of Rutland County Council’s cabinet voted for the change at a meeting on Tuesday last week.

It will restart its seven day a week timetable from April 18 until August 31.

The move will save Rutland County Council £9,000.

Rutland County Council leader Roger Begy (Con) said: “We need to make sure that it’s running when people want to use it.

“It’s doing well at the weekends and is helping tourism and industry but it seems that its not being used much on weekdays and that’s why we’ve made this decision.

“When the hot weather is back and we get more visitors to the county it will be back up and running seven days a week.”

The bus has been in operation since Saturday, May 25, and ran 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.

The reduced service is likely to commence from January 20.

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