747 Bus Service

747 Bus Service

Good Prospects of the continuation of the 747 Bus Service.

It is now confirmed that the subsidies provided by Leicestershire County Council and Rutland County Council to support the 747 Bus service will be continued until the end of June 2019. Even better news is that the usage of the bus service is increasing. This is the single most important change necessary to ensure the long-term viability of the service, and the community response by using the buses is a credit to all involved.

Houghton Parish Council has been in the lead in organising meetings of the Parish Councils along the 747 route, with representatives from the County Councils, Uppingham Town Council and Centrebus, which have examined the bus usage data from Centrebus, and lobbied the County Councils to support the service. Houghton Parish Council has been in the forefront of making the case that with the new housing developments along the 747 route leading to a potential increase of 2000 in the number of people living along the route, the long-term prospects for the economic viability of the route are very good. Equally the potential difficulty of Leicestershire County Council having to provide and fund some form of substitute 'dial-a-bus' service, which they would be legally required to do, would be a more costly and open-ended commitment than the current relatively small subsidy for the Centrebus service.

We hope for further good news later in the year, but in the meantime please use the 747 bus whenever you can, and encourage your friends to do likewise.

Posted: Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:18 by Stephen Derry

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