Rutland to get tourism and employee buses in April 2013

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A £4m project to boost Rutland’s public transport has been approved.

Rutland County Council voted to accept the conditions of a Department for Transport grant at a meeting yesterday (Monday).

The decision means new bus routes for tourists and workers will be introduced in the county in April 2013.

And a transport interchange linking trains, buses, taxis and bicycles will be built near Oakham railway station by 2015.

Council leader Roger Begy (Con), said: “Rutland Water welcomes thousands of visitors each year and the new tourism bus will enable them to move from one part of the reservoir to another, and also to visit our town centres.

“Equally, those visiting Oakham and Uppingham will now be able to spend a part of their day relaxing at Rutland Water without having to move their car.

“The employee shuttle bus has been developed in partnership with major employers who have offered extremely helpful advice on things like routes and shift patterns.

“Local businesses will now have access to a much bigger potential workforce than might have been available before this shuttle bus service was introduced.”

The tourism bus will operate seven days a week on an hourly basis, linking sites around Rutland Water with both Oakham and Uppingham.

Buses for workers will make three return journeys on four different routes at times to match shift patterns. They will run through Rutland and out of the county to Stamford, Corby and Melton Mowbray.

Councillors also voted to consider the use of a compulsory purchase order when planning the new transport interchange. This would give the council the power to obtain land without the consent of the owner, subject to paying compensation.

Councillors were keen to stress this was a last resort and was not being considered as a first option.