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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Centrebus operates a number of services in the Leicester city area:
|Stamford||Uppingham||Ketton, Rutland Water & Edith Weston|
|19||Oakham||Nottingham||Ashwell, Melton Mowbray & Ab Kettleby|
|113||Melton Mowbray||Oakham||Somerby, Twyford & Knossington|
|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|
|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|
|Wellingborough||Bozeat||Irchester & Wollaston|
|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.
|10||Bedwell||Bus Station||Old Town|
|22||St Nicholas||Bus Station||Pin Green (to finish 31.03.2013)|
|45||Stevenage||Luton||Kimpton and Harpenden|
|53||Wilbury Hills||Lordship Estate||Letchworth|
|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|
|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
|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|
|37||Sleaford||Billingborough||Scredington, Great Hale, Helpringham, Swaton|
|602||Grantham||Newark||Great Gonerby, Long Bennigton|
|604||Grantham||Corby Glen||Woodnook, Great Ponton, Burton Coggles|
|608||Grantham||South Witham||Colsterworth, Skillington|
Kimes buses On Monday 4 July 2011 Centrebus purchased Kimes Buses of Folkingham.
|71||Peterborough||Arthur Mellows Village College|
- Main article: Centrebus Holdings
Centrebus Holdings run the following services in West Yorkshire:
NB Services operate as Centrebus (CB), Huddersfield Bus Company (HBC) or K-Line (KL).
|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|
|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|
|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||Scapegoat Hill||Milnsbridge, Britannia Road, Golcar|
|319||KL||Huddersfield Royal Infirmary||Berry Brow||Huddersfield, Newsome|
|323||KL||Huddersfield||Marten Nest||Netherton (Huddersfield)|
|324B||KL||Huddersfield||Meltham, Broadlands||Netherton (Huddersfield)|
|341||HBC||Huddersfield||Stocksmoor||Almondbury, Farnley Tyas, Thurstonland|
|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|
|536||HBC||Halifax||Huddersfield||West Vale, Stainland, Outlane|
|537||HBC||Halifax||Huddersfield||Elland, Stainland, Outlane|
|CB||Fountainhead Village||Halifax railway station (552)||Pellon|
|Halifax bus station (553)|
|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|
|574||CB||Halifax||Midgley||Savile Park, Sowerby Bridge, Booth|
|577||CB||Halifax||Hubberton||Sowerby Bridge, Sowerby, Boulderclough|
|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|
|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: