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Centrebus is a privately owned company that operate a number of services around Leicester and Leicestershire, Grantham, Hertfordshire Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, mainly in areas where Arriva has scaled down its bus operations. Centrebus also competes with Arriva on some routes in Luton and Stevenage. It also operates services in the High Peak Borough in Northern Derbyshire and surrounding areas through its High Peak subsidiary, which was rebranded from Bowers after being merged with the Dove Holes depot of Trent Barton. It is one of the fastest expanding private bus operators in the United Kingdom, having gained a presence in Derbyshire, Cheshire, Northamptonshire, and West Yorkshire, within 18 months.


Centrebus was founded in 2001, it was previously known as Anstey Buslines.


In 2007 Centrebus acquired Bowers Coaches, a local bus and coach operator in the High Peak borough of Derbyshire. This was one of the first acquisitions outside of the core Centrebus operating area around the South of the East Midlands. Bowers was established in 1952 and was family run up until the Centrebus takeover. Bowers operated services in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Derbyshire, mainly consisting of shorter local services. There was also an established coach division of the business, however this was cut back in favour of buses, changing the name to Bowers to coincide. In early 2010 buses appearing on the Bowers Macclesfield-Knutsford service were repainted to say 'Cheshire Connect operated by Centrebus' suggesting that the Bowers name could be phased out. In April 2012, all Bowers operations joined with the Dove Holes depot of Trent Barton, to make a new company High Peak.

At the beginning of 2008, Centrebus sold its St Albans operations to Uno.

In May 2008, the Centrebus shareholders, headed by director Julian Peddle, formed Centrebus Holdings, which Arriva has a 40% stake in. Centrebus Holdings does not own Centrebus, and was formed to take over K-Line and Stagecoach Huddersfield.

In September 2008, Centrebus took over all of Woods Coaches bus routes run within Leicester and Leicestershire. Woods also sold all of their Mercedes minibuses, Optare Solos and Dennis Darts to Centrebus.

On 22 and 23 August 2009 the assets and goodwill of Trustybus, with operations in Essex and Hertfordshire, passed to Centrebus, whose name replaced that of Trustybus.[1]

On 2 August 2010 Centrebus took over the operations of Judges Mini Coaches in Corby, Northamptonshire. Operating routes: 16 Kettering – Raunds, 8 Corby – Kettering, 60 Welford – Northampton, 34 Kettering to Wellingborough, 67 Gretton to Market Harborough via Corby, 90 Yardley to Central Milton Keynes via Cosgrove & Stony Stratford, 90A Wicken to Central Milton Keynes via Stony Stratford and W3 and W8 services which previously were operated by Stagecoach Midlands in Wellingborough.

Centrebus have gained six Optare Solo's which are owned by Northamptonshire County Council in a green Connect livery which were previously operated by Stagecoach Midlands and FirstGroup in Wellingborough.

On Monday 9 May 2011 Centrebus took over West End Travel and their fleet of buses and services in Melton Mowbray and their Rural Rider services. On 3 October 2011 Centrebus took over Veolia Transport subsidiary Paul James Coaches operations of their Saxby depot near Melton Mowbray inheriting their fleet of Optare Solos.

Centrebus took over the operations of Kimes Buses in Lincolnshire and Rutland. Kimes was founded in 1945 and operated a fleet of 23 vehicles at the time of the takeover. Its green and cream livery and the Kimes name were retained by Centrebus.[2]

On 5 November 2012, Centrebus closed its Harlow depot and most routes transferred to Roadrunner Buses. The remaining routes were handed to the Stevenage garage. Centrebus further reduced their presence in the area, giving up the commercially operated 22 route in Stevenage, routes 5 and 354 in Harlow, as well as losing the contract to run rural services 90 and 91 in Letchworth.[3]


The management team is headed by Peter Harvey, MD, ex-Arriva and co-founder. Julian Peddle and Dave Shelley joined the board during the expansion of Centrebus and it is expected that the groups growth plans will continue with this strong team at the helm. Many Centrebus managers came from Arriva's UK and European bus operations.

Centrebus Group is the holding company for the main Centrebus division and the High Peak division.

The company participates in the Plusbus scheme where train and bus tickets can be bought together at a saving, along with the Intalink scheme from Hertfordshire.



Leicester CityEdit

Centrebus operates a number of services in the Leicester city area:[4]

Route From To Via
(Inner Circle)
Fosse Park Fosse Shopping Park|Fosse Park Fosse Road Central, Abbey Lane, Melton Road, Northfields, North Evington, Leicester General Hospital, Clarendon Park & Aylestone
(Inner Circle)
Aylestone, Clarendon Park, North Evington, Leicester General Hospital, Northfields, Melton Road, Abbey Lane & Fosse Road Central
22A Evington (Downing Drive) Birstall (Wanlip Lane) Evington Drive, Railway Station, Leicester & Abbey Lane
22B Birstall (Harrowgate Drive)
36 Leicester Evington (The Common) Humberstone Road, North Evington, Leicester General Hospital & Goodwood
Leicester General Hospital Leicester General Hospital Oadby, Wigston Magna, Eyres Monsell, Aylestone, Fosse Park, Meridian Business Park, Thorpe Astley, Glenfield, Glenfield Hospital, Beaumont Leys, Mowmacre Hill, Belgrave, Gipsy Lane, Thurmaston Lane, Hamilton (Tesco), Nether Hall & Thurnby Lodge
54A Beaumont Leys Leicester General Hospital Stocking Farm, Abbey Lane, Leicester, Railway Station, East Park Road & Goodwood
55 Leicester Thurcaston Woodgate, Avebury Avenue & Beaumont Leys
81 Leicester Evington (Highway Road) Railway Station
140 Leicester Rugby Fosse Park, Narborough, Littlethorpe, Cosby, Broughton Astley, Ashby Parva, Lutterworth & Newton
148 Leicester Hinckley Fosse Park, Grove Park, Enderby, Thurlaston, Potters Marston, Stoney Stanton, Sapcote, Sharnford, Aston Flamville & Burbage
154 Leicester Loughborough Anstey Lane, Calver Hey Road, Beaumont Leys, Anstey, Thurcaston, Cropston, Swithland & Woodhouse Eaves
747 Leicester Uppingham Thurnby, Bushby, Houghton on the Hill, Billesdon & Belton-in-Rutland
(Hospital Hopper)
Hamilton (Tesco) Beaumont Leys Leicester General Hospital, Railway Station, Leicester Royal Infirmary & Glenfield Hospital

Leicestershire CountyEdit

Centrebus operates a number of services outside the Leicester city area, serving Hinckley, Loughborough and Melton Mowbray:[5]

Route From To Via
5 Hinckley Three Pots Rugby Road & Sketchley
14 Melton Mowbray Melton Mowbray Queensway, Tamar Road & Valley Road
15 Dieppe Way
16 Melbray Drive
17 Grange Drive
18 Carnegie Crescent
19 Oakham Nottingham Ashwell, Melton Mowbray & Ab Kettleby
23 Melton Mowbray Nether Broughton Asfordby & Old Dalby
24 Melton Mowbray Bottesford Long Clawson, Stathern & Plungar
25 Melton Mowbray Stathern Scalford, Eastwell & Eaton
33 Market Harborough Market Harborough Scotland Road, Logan Street, Great Bowden & Little Bowden
44 Fleckney Foxton Kibworth, Tur Langton, Great Bowden, Market Harborough & Gartree
55 Melton Mowbray Grantham Buckminster, Sproxton, Saltby, Croxton Kerrial & Harlaxton
56 Buckminster, Sproxton, Saltby, Waltham on the Wolds, Croxton Kerrial & Harlaxton
58 Hinckley Market Harborough Burbage, Claybrooke Magna, Ullesthorpe, Magna Park, Lutterworth, Walcote, South Kilworth & North Kilworth
71 Hinckley Burbage (Horsepool) Boyslade Road
75 Hinckley Morrisons Westray Drive & Wykin Estate
76 Hinckley Hollycroft Westfield Road & Florian Way
81 Hinckley Earl Shilton Ashby Road, Barwell Lane & Leicester Road
82 Hinckley Barwell (Queensway) Netherley Road
86 Hinckley Nuneaton Dadlington, Stoke Golding & Higham on the Hill
100 Melton Mowbray Leicester Great Dalby, Gaddesby, Barkby & Syston
113 Melton Mowbray Oakham Somerby, Twyford & Knossington
128 Melton Mowbray Leicester Frisby on the Wreake, Hoby, Thrussington, Ratcliffe on the Wreake & Syston
140 Rugby Leicester Newton, Lutterworth, Ashby Parva, Broughton Astley, Cosby, Littlethorpe, Narborough & Fosse Park
148 Leicester Hinckley Fosse Park, Grove Park, Enderby, Thurlaston, Potters Marston, Stoney Stanton, Sapcote, Sharnford, Aston Flamville & Burbage
154 Leicester Loughborough Anstey Lane, Calver Hey Road, Beaumont Leys, Anstey, Thurcaston, Cropston, Swithland & Woodhouse Eaves
747 Leicester Uppingham Thurnby, Bushby, Houghton on the Hill, Billesdon & Belton-in-Rutland
(Rutland Flyer 1)
Oakham Corby Manton, Wing, Uppingham & Great Easton
(Rutland Flyer 2)
Melton Mowbray Oakham Market Overton & Cottesmore
(Rural Rider)
Leicester Hallaton Thurnby & Loddington
(Rural Rider)
Market Harborough Arnesby Lubenham, Laughton & Shearsby
(Rural Rider)
Leicester Great Easton Oadby, Cranoe, Hallaton & Drayton
(Rural Rider)
Leicester Market Harborough Thurnby, Billesdon, Tugby & Hallaton
(Rural Rider)
Leicester Oakham Hungarton, Great Dalby & Somerby
(Rural Rider)
Leicester Melton Mowbray Thurnby, Billesdon, Hungarton, Gaddesby & Kirby Bellars
(Rural Rider)
Market Harborough Great Easton Ashley & Medbourne
(Rural Rider)
Leicester Billesdon Thurnby & King's Norton
(Rural Rider)
Market Harborough Caldecott Ashley & Great Easton
(Rural Rider)
Market Harborough Oakham Hallaton & Uppingham
(Rural Rider)
Leicester Oakham Scraptoft, Hungarton, Tilton on the Hill & Knossington
(Rural Rider)
Leicester Uppingham Thurnby, Tilton on the Hill & Hallaton


Centrebus provide some services in the Rutland area with some services also provided by Kimes:[6]

Route From To Via
Oakham Peterborough Stamford
Stamford Uppingham Ketton, Rutland Water & Edith Weston
19 Oakham Nottingham Ashwell, Melton Mowbray & Ab Kettleby
19A Melton Mowbray Ashwell
113 Melton Mowbray Oakham Somerby, Twyford & Knossington
(Oakham Hopper)
Oakham (Tesco) Oakham (Tesco) John Street, Willow Crescent, Co-op Superstore, Foxfield Way, Ashwell Road & Rail Station
John Street, Memorial Hospital, Vale of Catmose College, Glebe Way & Trent Road
John Street, Rutland College & Lands End Way
R47 Oakham Peterborough Belton-in-Rutland, Uppingham & Barrowden
(Rutland Flyer 1)
Oakham Corby Manton, Wing, Uppingham & Great Easton
(Rutland Flyer 2)
Melton Mowbray Oakham Market Overton & Cottesmore


Centrebus provides services in the Kettering and Corby areas:[7]

Route From To Via
8 Corby Kettering Stanion, Brigstock & Weekley
16 Kettering Raunds Cranford, Woodford, Islip & Denford
60 Northampton Welford Spratton, Cottesbrooke, Guilsborough, Cold Ashby & Naseby
67 Gretton Market Harborough Rockingham, Corby, Middleton, Wilbarston & Dingley
90 Yardley Gobion Milton Keynes Cosgrove, Old Stratford, Stony Stratford & Two Mile Ash
(Rutland Flyer 1)
Corby Oakham Great Easton, Uppingham, Wing & Manton
(Connect Wellinborough)
Wellingborough Wellingborough Berrymoor Road
(Connect Wellingborough)
Wellingborough Bozeat Irchester & Wollaston


Centrebus and Kimes provide some services in the Peterborough area:[8]

Route From To Via
Peterborough Oakham Stamford
Peterborough Arthur Mellows Village College
413 Peterborough Helpston Werrington, Glinton & Maxey
413A Barnack Werrington, Glinton, Maxey & Helpston
413B Maxey Werrington, Glinton & Helpston
413X Helpston Werrington & Glinton
R47 Oakham Peterborough Belton-in-Rutland, Uppingham & South Luffenham

Cheshire and DerbyshireEdit

Main article: High Peak (bus company)

Centrebus jointly operates the High Peak bus company with the Wellglade Group following the merger of Bowers Coaches and the Buxton depot of Trent Barton. Some services also run into Greater Manchester.


Centrebus run the following services in Hertfordshire[9]

Service From To Via
10 Bedwell Bus Station Old Town
22 St Nicholas Bus Station Pin Green (to finish 31.03.2013)
44 Stevenage Luton Kimpton
45 Stevenage Luton Kimpton and Harpenden
53 Wilbury Hills Lordship Estate Letchworth
80 Hitchin Stevenage Wymondley
81 Purwell Westmill Estate Hitchin Town Centre
89 Hitchin Henlow or Pirton
90/91 Royston Letchworth Baldock (to finish 31.03.2013)
178 Shephall Bus Station Peartree Centre
188 Hitchin or Potton Sandy Market Square Eyeworth
190 Hitchin or Potton Sandy Gamlingay
304 Welham Green Hitchin St. Albans
305 Welham Green, Brookmans Park, Tyttenhanger Green or St. Albans St. Albans or Sandridge
314 Hitchin Welwyn Garden City Old Welwyn
315 Kimpton Welwyn Garden City Old Welwyn
351 Hertford Bishops Stortford Hadham
354 Buntingford Harlow Hadham
366 Hatfield Luton Welwyn
390 Ware or Hertford Stevenage Watton-at-Stone
SB15 Chells Bus Station Lister Hospital
SB16 Stevenage Town Service


Centrebus Services The following services are operated by Centrebus in Lincolnshire[10]

Service From To Via
1 Alma Park Earlesfield Grantham Centre
2/2A Grantham Centre Harrowby Estate Hill Avenue
3 Grantham Centre Barrowby Gate
4/4A/4B Grantham Centre Great Gonerby Downtown
5 Grantham Ropsley
6/X6 Grantham Bottesford Barrowby
37 Sleaford Billingborough Scredington, Great Hale, Helpringham, Swaton
602 Grantham Newark Great Gonerby, Long Bennigton
604 Grantham Corby Glen Woodnook, Great Ponton, Burton Coggles
605 Grantham Swayfield Corby Glen
608 Grantham South Witham Colsterworth, Skillington
609 Grantham Sleaford Ancaster
620 Grantham Sunningdale Belton Lane
635 Sleaford Cranwell Holdingham, Leasingham

Kimes buses On Monday 4 July 2011 Centrebus purchased Kimes Buses of Folkingham.[11]

Service From To Via
4 Grantham Stamford
6/X6 Grantham Bottesford Barrowby
9 Oakham Peterborough
12 Stamford Uppingham Rutland Water
22 Osbournby Grantham
26 Aslackby Grantham
27 Grantham Sleaford
29 Quadring Billingborough School
31 Folkingham Bourne
32 Bourne Bourne Bourne
33 Stamford Lincoln
35 Folkingham Sleaford
36 Helpringham
44 Boston Lincoln
58 Boston Kirton
59 Boston Spalding
71 Peterborough Arthur Mellows Village College

West YorkshireEdit

Main article: Centrebus Holdings

Centrebus Holdings run the following services in West Yorkshire:[12]

NB Services operate as Centrebus (CB), Huddersfield Bus Company (HBC) or K-Line (KL).

Route Operator From To Via
8 CB Pudsey Seacroft Farsley, Horsforth Northern Ring Road
9 CB Horsforth Seacroft Farsley, Pudsey, White Rose Centre, Middleton, Rothwell, Swillington, Cross Gates
28A CB Halifax Highroad Well Thrum Hall
CB Horsforth Holt Park
34 CB Halifax Claremount Boothtown
36 CB Rye Lane Halifax Pellon
38 CB White Rose Centre Gledhow Wortley, Kirkstall, Headingley, Moortown
60 CB Kingswear Crescent Leeds Infirmary Street Cross Gates, Halton Dial
61 CB St James's Hospital Hunslet Cross Green
CB Cross Green Greengates (62) Leeds, Armley, Leysholme, Farnley, Swinnow (62), Troydale (62A), Pudsey
CB Leeds Infirmary Street (63A/63B) Seacroft Temple Newsam (63A), Cross Gates, Scholes
80 CB Old Farnley Ganners Hill Bramley
80 HBC Huddersfield Clayton West Waterloo, Lepton, Kirkburton, Shelley, Skelmanthorpe, Scissett
81 HBC Huddersfield Clayton West Waterloo, Highburton, Kirkburton, Shelley, Skelmanthorpe, Scissett
82 HBC Huddersfield Denby Dale Waterloo, Kirkburton, Shelley, Skelmanthorpe, Scissett
83 HBC Huddersfield Denby Dale Waterloo, Highburton, Kirkburton, Shepley, Upper Denby
83A HBC Huddersfield Scissett Waterloo, Lepton, Highburton, Kirkburton, Shepley, Upper Denby, Denby Dale
84 HBC Huddersfield Denby Dale Waterloo, Kirkburton, Shepley, Upper Cumberworth
84A HBC Denby Dale Huddersfield Upper Denby, Shepley, Kirkburton, Lepton, Waterloo
86A CB Swinnow St James's Hospital Bramley, Armley, Holbeck, Hunslet
91 CB Pudsey Halton Moor Swinnow, Bramley, Kirkstall, Headingley, Chapeltown
91A CB Pudsey St James's Hospital Swinnow, Bramley, Kirkstall, Headingley, Chapeltown
92 CB Tannery Headingley Campus Leeds
93 CB Clarence Dock/Royal Armouries Headingley Campus Leeds, University, Hyde Park Corner
94 CB Kirkstall Brewery Headingey Campus Headingley Carnegie Stadium
99 CB Bradford University Bradford School of Management Limited Stop
231 HBC Huddersfield Wakefield Waterloo, Lepton, Grange Moor, Flockton, Midgley, Netherton (Wakefield), Horbury
232 HBC Huddersfield Wakefield Waterloo, Lepton, Emley, Flockton, Overton, Middlestown, Horbury
241 HBC Huddersfield Houses Hill Waterloo, Lepton
262 HBC Huddersfield Dewsbury Kirkheaton, Upper Heaton, Mirfield
KL Huddersfield Golcar Milnsbridge
KL Huddersfield Scapegoat Hill Milnsbridge, Britannia Road, Golcar
315 KL Honley Huddersfield Honley Bridge
319 KL Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Berry Brow Huddersfield, Newsome
323 KL Huddersfield Marten Nest Netherton (Huddersfield)
324B KL Huddersfield Meltham, Broadlands Netherton (Huddersfield)
340 HBC Huddersfield Almondbury
341 HBC Huddersfield Stocksmoor Almondbury, Farnley Tyas, Thurstonland
342 HBC Almondbury Huddersfield
343 KL Huddersfield Halifax Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Blackley, Elland, Greetland
360 KL Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Brackenhall Huddersfield, Birkby
366 KL Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Balmoral Avenue Huddersfield, Thornton Lodge
368 KL Huddersfield Almondbury Lindley, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Milnsbridge, Newsome
HBC Wakefield Holmfirth Calder Grove, Clayton West (436), Scissett, Skelmanthorpe (435), Denby Dale, Shepley, New Mill
528 CB Halifax Rochdale Sowerby Bridge, Ripponden, Littleborough, Smallbridge
531 CB Halifax Ripponden Calderdale Royal Hospital, Copley, Sowerby Bridge, Mill Bank
534 CB Halifax Northowram Stump Cross
536 HBC Halifax Huddersfield West Vale, Stainland, Outlane
537 HBC Halifax Huddersfield Elland, Stainland, Outlane
539 CB Halifax Stainland West Vale
CB Fountainhead Village Halifax railway station (552) Pellon
Halifax bus station (553)
554 CB Wainstalls Halifax Mount Tabor
557 CB Halifax Ripponden Greetland, Norland (559), Barkisland
Rishworth via Ripponden (Evenings)
559 CB Halifax Scammonden Greetland, Norland, Barkisland
560 CB Halifax Commons Sowerby Bridge, Ripponden, Rishworth
572 CB Halifax Southowram
573 CB Halifax Brighouse Elland, Rastrick
574 CB Halifax Midgley Savile Park, Sowerby Bridge, Booth
577 CB Halifax Hubberton Sowerby Bridge, Sowerby, Boulderclough
579 CB Halifax Sowerby Sowerby Bridge
737 CB Harrogate Bradford Pool, Leeds Bradford Airport, Guiseley, Shipley, Manningham
747 CB Leeds Bradford Airport Bradford Yeadon, Apperley Bridge, Greengates, Bolton Junction
757 CB Leeds Bradford Airport Leeds City bus station Rawdon, Horsforth, Kirkstall
781 CB Otley Leeds Infirmary Street Pool, Harewood, Moortown, Meanwood
832 CB Halifax Halifax Washer Lane, West End
KL Huddersfield Hebden Bridge Outlane, Pole Moor (900), Stainland (901), Barkisland, Ripponden, Cragg Vale
911 KL Meltham Thurstonland Honley, Farnley Tyas
933 KL Meltham Meltham
951 HBC Huddersfield Glossop Holmfirth, Holme
Free Town Bus KL Huddersfield Huddersfield
Asda Killingbeck Free Bus CB Asda Killingbeck Asda Killingbeck Various Points in East Leeds


Centrebus in Harlow operate the following bus services:[13]

Number Route
5 South End to Harlow Bus Station via Hunsdon
242 Waltham Cross to Hammond Street / Potters Bar Station Template:Rail-interchange / Welwyn Garden City via Hatfield
311 Waltham Cross Bus Station to Hertford Bus Station via Hoddesdon
351 Hertford Bus Station to Bishops Stortford Station Template:Rail-interchange via Hunsdon
354 Buntingford Greenways to Harlow Bus Station via Hunsdon
379 Stevenage Bus Station to Hertford Bus Station via Knebworth
388 Hertford Bus Station to Welwyn Garden City Bus Station via Panshanger
C1 Cuffley Station to Cheshunt Station / Turnford Canada Fields via Rosedale
C2 Waltham Cross Bus Station to Cheshunt Brookfield Centre via Cheshunt
C3 Waltham Cross Holdbrook Estate to Hertford Bus Station / Harlow Bus Station via Hoddesdon, Broxbourne
C4 Waltham Cross Bus Station to Hertford Bus Station via Brookfield Centre, Hoddesdon



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