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Passenger transport

Passenger transport is changing in Leicestershire and, at the same time as the county council is facing significant challenges, we are also trying to offer a better service for residents.


COVID-19 Update 

As part of the county council’s Passenger Transport Policy and Strategy, a number of subsidised bus services within the Hinckley and Market Harborough areas, as well as other routes in the county, were due for review. However, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been agreed to pause the project for the time being. We’ve taken this decision to end uncertainty among bus users and service operators.

Another factor behind the decision is that the detailed passenger analysis which is used to inform the policy would not, at this current time, provide an accurate reflection of the transport needs of a particular area.

We will keep people fully informed when a decision is taken to resume the PTPS project reviews.

If you have any further enquiries, please email:

The county council has developed a new Passenger Transport Policy and Strategy (PTPS) to ensure its passenger transport provision is fit for purpose and cost-effective.

We are reviewing all contracted services across the county and will be providing regular updates on the progress of the review. We are also inviting people to community engagement workshops so they can help shape the services for the future.


Engagement event resources

Booking is not required, but if you are interested in attending an event and require any special arrangements or have any other questions, please email or call 0116 305 0001.

​There are currently no public events.

The future of passenger transport in Leicestershire - Engagement pack - Part A  Opens new window

The future of passenger transport in Leicestershire - Engagement pack - Part C 

Please note that Part B of the engagement pack is tailored to each individual bus service and is released in time for the engagement event.

Latest announcements​

Service 154 – Loughborough to Leicester via Anstey

In December 2019 Centrebus informed us of their intention to withdraw the commercial services of the 154. The Saturday journeys are supported by Leicestershire County Council and these will remain unchanged.

We have since reached an agreement with Centrebus which allows the service to continue on an hourly frequency, Monday to Saturday. There will be a minor change, which will see some off-peak journeys not serving Station Road and Reservoir Road in Cropston, but that will improve reliability of the service.

While this arrangement ensures that the service continues to operate without interruption, the service will be reviewed as part of our wider review.

See PDF below for full details of the new timetable:

Centrebus service 154 - temporary timetable  Opens new window

Melton services 

The review of Melton services is now complete. The county council has considered comments made at the engagement events and will be making the following changes with effect from Saturday 21 December 2019:

  • Integration of services 23 (Melton Mowbray - Nether Broughton), 24 (Melton Mowbray - Bingham/Bottesford) and 25 (Melton Mowbray - Stathern) from 3 services down to 2 services and Bingham no longer being served. New service will be 23 (Melton to Bottesford) and 25 (Melton to Stathern).
  • Integration of services 100 (Leicester - Melton Mowbray) and 113 (Melton Mowbray - Oakham) with Leicester, Thurmaston, Gaddesby, Cold Overton, Knossington and Oakham no longer being served. New service will be 100 (Melton to Syston).
  • To replace service 128 (Leicester - Melton Mowbray) with a Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) service which will serve Ratcliffe on the Wreake, Thrussington, Hoby, Frisby on the Wreake, Kirby Bellars and Gaddesby.
  • Cold Overton and Knossington to be provided with a DRT service.

Timetables for the new bus services and details of the new DRT services can be downloaded below:  

Please note, due to minor timetable changes, some Melton service change notices which are currently posted at bus stops are now out of date. Updated notices will be posted at these stops in early January.

Service changes to services 100 and 113 (Melton - Syston)  Opens new window

Timetable for service 23 (Melton Mowbray - Bottesford) from 21st December Opens new window

Timetable for service 25 (Melton Mowbray - Stathern) from 21st December  Opens new window

Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) timetable Knossington and Cold Overton  Opens new window

Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) timetable service 128  Opens new window

Available below is the presentation which was delivered at the public events and the accompanying Engagement Pack Part B: 

Melton presentation slides  Opens new window

Engagement pack Melton - Part B  Opens new window

Service 120 - Coalville to Leicester via Markfield
Service 155 - Coalville to East Midlands Airport via Castle Donignton

Following review of Services 120 and 155, these two services have been combined into one – Service 125 – with East Midlands Airport no longer being served. The new timetable for Service 125 will be effective from Monday 24th February 2020.

Events to discuss these proposed changes to combine the service 120 and 155 have taken place. Below is the presentation which was delivered at the public events and a downloadable timetbale for the new 125 service: 

Service 120 and 155 presentation  Opens new window

Service 125 – Castle Donington to Leicester via Coalville and Bradgate Park

In Castle Donington, Service 125 will serve Hill Top, High Street and the Bus Station only. See PDF full details:

Service 125 Castle Donington change notice  Opens new window

Service 125 timetable  Opens new window

Services 3 and 13 - Loughborough Town services

Some journeys for Services 3 and 13 have been withdrawn. These changes come into effect from Thursday 27 August 2019. See PDF below for full details:

Service changes to services 3 and 13   Opens new window

Service 661 - Peatling Parva to Lutterworth

The Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) service to replace service 661 between Peatling Parva and Lutterworth will commence operation on Monday 2 September 2019.

Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) timetable for service 661 

Service 7 - Measham to Fenny Drayton via Atherstone

Further to the community engagement events which took place in June, we have been considering the comments received prior to finalising the new timetable and route for the additional school journeys. The new service will commence from Tuesday 27 August 2019 and incorporate a school journey to Market Bosworth School in the morning and afternoon.

Service changes to service 7 

Service 27 - Thurmaston to Loughborough

Further to the community engagement events which took place in July, we have been considering the comments provided at the events prior to finalising the proposals. The new service will commence from Monday 21 October 2019.

Service changes to service 27  Opens new window

Passenger transport policy   Opens new window

Passenger transport strategy   Opens new window

Draft passenger transport policy and strategy (Agenda item 10)  Opens new window

Passenger transport - Appendix to cabinet report  Opens new window

Frequently asked questions    Opens new window

Local bus network February 2018  

Community-led solutions - Ideas and guidance  Opens new window

Here's a short film explaining what Demand Resposive Transport is:

DRT Animation 03

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