All Change in Rutland

Rutland is England’s smallest unitary authority, and one of the smallest counties. It shares borders with Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. The two main population centres are Uppingham and Oakham, on which much of the public transport network is concentrated. Oakham is also the location of the only railway station, which has a daily train service to London, as well as services on the CrossCountry route between Birmingham and Stansted Airport.

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In recent years, Rutland has had a stable bus network provided by Veolia (Paul James) and Kimes of Folkingham (who had inherited their services from Blands of Cottesmore). As readers may well be aware, recent changes of ownership have seen both of these operators become part of the Centrebus group.

The Kimes business had been owned by some of it’s employees for the past few years and sold to Centrebus on 5th July 2011. Their two major services into Rutland are the 9, between Oakham and Peterborough via Stamford and the 12 between Stamford, Edith Weston and Uppingham. The Kimes name is being retained at present.

The more significant purchase, earlier this month, was that of Veolia Transport (Paul James Coaches). Centrebus took over the operations at Saxby, while Roberts Tours acquired the former Paul James Holidays business, and the Leicester Park & Ride services. With the takeover, Centebus now operate the majority of bus services in Rutland and also, it sees them return to Nottingham for the first time since the demise of the X6 from Grantham (now truncated to Bottesford, with some peak extensions to Bingham).

A final point worth noting, Centrebus have registered their new Rutland services on the licence of Romdrive Ltd (t/a West End Travel), a Melton Mowbray based operator that they acquired earlier in the year.

Timetables for the Centrebus services in Rutland are now on their revised ‘Lincolnshire and Rutland‘ website.

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About trentsidetraveller

A lifelong public transport user, enthusiast and occasional photographer. My travels take me around the country, occasionally overseas, but my most frequent journeys see me cross the River Trent on a regular basis. So the moniker of Trentside Traveller came about, and now I'm blogging about my travels, and the latest changes to public transport in the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire area.

5 thoughts on “All Change in Rutland

  1. I did notice that the 19 Veolia service is now operated by Centrebus. I missed it on VOSA, but spotted one of their stretched solos for the first time on Trent bridge a couple of weeks ago. Does Veolia have any current registration in Nottinghamshire now? (271 Worksop – Crystal Peaks is the only one on NCC’s timetable site). It is a sad demise for them.

  2. One thought, doesn’t Leicester, Melton Mowbray, Nuneaton, Birmingham New Street and a few unchecked stations to the East also fit the description “which has a daily train service to London, as well as services on the CrossCountry route between Birmingham and Stansted Airport” Sorry to split hairs 🙂

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