Market Harborough Bus route 58 Saved.

Council steps in so local bus service can continue
Leicestershire County Council has responded to residents’ concerns and stepped in to support a local bus service.

The council will provide an additional short term subsidy to continue the bus service 58, between Lutterworth and Market Harborough, until June 2019.

The announcement follows Arriva’s decision to withdraw the commercially-run service from 15 July.

The council is issuing an emergency tender to replace the service, operating Monday to Saturday, starting from Monday, 16 July.

Details of the new timetable and any change to operator will be put up at bus stops as soon as the information is available.

Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “We have stepped in and have committed to supporting the service 58 for bus users in Lutterworth and Harborough. It’s important to ensure that access to essential services is available.

“I would encourage residents to check the Choose How You Move website www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk for updates and information on affected bus stops.”

The replacement service will run until June 2019 as all existing subsidised bus services across the county have been extended to the date. This allow for the development and adoption of a new passenger transport policy.

Cllr Pain added: “We are finding that we having to cover the costs of supporting commercial bus services more and more which is why it is important we have a new policy in place to help mitigate the impact.”