Two Centrebus Optare Solos in 2008

Parent companyCentrebus Group
Founded13 March 2001
Headquarters37 Wenlock Way, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 9HU
LocaleNorth West, East Midlands, East of England
Service areaLeicestershire, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex
Through its Bowers subsidiary; Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire.
Service typeBus
HubsLeicester, Grantham, Dunstable, Stevenage
OperatorCentrebus Group

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


Centrebus was founded on 13 March 2001. It was previously known as Ansty 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 operate 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.

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 the 2nd of August 2010 Centrebus took over the operations and buses Plaxton Primos of Judges Mini Coaches in Corby, Northamptonshire. Operating routes: 16 Kettering – Raunds, 8 Corby – Kettering, 60 Welford – Northampton and 59 Market Harborough - Welford amongst a few other minor services.[citation needed]


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 Bowers Coaches division.

The company participates in the Plusbus scheme where train and bus tickets can be bought together at a saving.

Routes Edit

Leicester and LeicestershireEdit

Centrebus run the following services in Leicester and Leicestershire;

Service From To Via Notes
3 Loughborough Tynedale Road Forest Road
5 Hinckley Three Pots Sketchley
8 Hinckley Burbage, The Meadows Far Lash
Fosse Park Inner Circle Fosse Road, Abbey Lane, Melton Road, Northfields, North Evington, Leicester General Hospital, Clarendon Park, Aylestone Mon-Fri
13 Loughborough Tuckers Road Great Central Railway
24 Melton Mowbray Bottesford Long Clawson, Stathern, Plungar
27 Loughborough Thurmaston Barrow upon Soar, Walton on the Wolds, Seagrave, Sileby, Mountsorrel, Syston
33 Market Harborough Town Service Scotland Road, Logan Street, Little Bowden, Great Bowden
36 Leicester Evington (The Common) Humberstone Road, Leicester General Hospital, Goodwood Mon-Fri
40 Leicester General Hospital Circleline Oadby, Wigston Magna, Eyres Monsell, Aylestone, Fosse Park, Meridian Business Park, Thorpe Astley, Glenfield, Glenfield Hospital, Beaumont Centre, Mowmacre Hill, Gipsy Lane, Hamilton North, Tesco Superstore, Nether Hall
44 Fleckney Foxton Kibworth, Great Bowden, Market Harborough, Gumley
45 Fosse Park Oadby Grove Park, Enderby, Narborough, Littlethorpe, Whetstone, Blaby, Countesthorpe, South Wigston, Wigston Magna Mon-Fri
54 Leicester Loughborough Abbey Lane, Stocking Farm, Beaumont Centre, Anstey, Thurcaston, Cropston, Woodhouse Eaves, Quorn
54A Leicester Goodwood East Park Road Mon-Fri
55 Leicester Thurcaston Avebury Avenue, Beaumont Centre
58 Hinckley Market Harborough Burbage, Claybrooke Magna, Ullesthorpe, Magna Park, Lutterworth, Walcote, South Kilworth, North Kilworth
59 Market Harborough Welford East Farndon, Clipston
70A Leicester Birstall (Wanlip Lane) Abbey Lane
70B Leicester Birstall (Harrowgate Drive) Abbey Lane, Sibson Road
71 Hinckley Burbage (Horsepool) Boyslade Road
72 Hinckley Hinckley Hollycroft, Wykin
74 Hinckley Logix Park Rugby Road Mon-Fri
75 Hinckley Cloverfield (Morrisons) Hollycroft, Wykin Mon-Fri
76 Hinckley Hinckley Hollycroft Circular Mon-Fri
81 Hinckley Earl Shilton Barwell Lane, Leicester Road
81 Leicester Evington (Highway Road) Railway Station Mon-Fri
82 Hinckley Barwell (Queensway) Netherley Road
86 Hinckley Nuneaton Dadlington, Stoke Golding, Higham on the Hill
140 Leicester Rugby Fosse Park, Narborough, Cosby, Broughton Astley, Leire, Lutterworth
167 Market Harborough Corby Dingley, Wilbarston, Middleton
302 Leicester Beaumont Centre Braunstone, New Parks, Glenfield Hospital
747 Leicester Uppingham Thurnby, Houghton on the Hill, Billesdon, Belton
UHL Hamilton (Tesco) Beaumont Centre Leicester General Hospital, Railway Station, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital Hospital Hopper

Cheshire & DerbyshireEdit

For services in Derbyshire and Cheshire see Bowers


Service From To Via Notes Daytime frequencey
7(A) Stansted Bishops Stortford Henham no sunday service hourly
10 Bedwell Bus Station Old Town Stevenage Town Service 30mins
22 St Nicholas Bus Station Pin Green Stevenage Town Service 12mins
53 Wilbury Hills Lordship Estate Letchworth Letchworth Town Service (lordship 2 an hour) (wilbury hourly)
80 Hitchin Stevenage Wymondly Hitchin Town Service 30-60mins
82 Hitchin Biggleswade Henlow Hitchin Town Service 30-60mins
90/91 Royston Letchworth Baldock Ashwell Link 2–3 hours
101 Luton Stevenage Hitchin Evening Journeys only Evenings ONLY
178 Shephall Bus Station Peartree Centre Stevenage Town Service 10 Mins
314 Hitchin Welwyn Garden Old Welwyn No service on Sundays 60-120 mins
351 Hertford Bishops Stortford Hadham No Sunday Service every 2 hours
354 Buntingford Harlow Hadham Wednesday Only 1 journey each way
366 Hatfield Luton Welwyn No service on Sundays 30-60 mins
700 Stevenage Stansted Buntingford Runs Daily 2–3 hours
SB15 Chells Bus Station Lister Hospital Stevenage Town Service Hourly
SB16 Chells Bus Station Lister Hospital Stevenage Town Service Peak Only
HA1 Harpenden Cross Lane Estate Harpenden Train Station Harpenden Town Service 30-60mins


Service From To Via Notes
1 Alma Park Earlesfield Grantham Centre
2 Grantham Centre Harrowby Estate Hill Avenue
3 Grantham Centre Barrowby Gate
4 Grantham Centre Great Gonerby
5 Grantham Ropsley
6 Grantham Bottesford Barrowby
37 Sleaford Billingborough Scredington, Great Hale, Helpringham, Swaton Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays only
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

West YorkshireEdit

For services in West Yorkshire see Centrebus Holdings


See Centrebus Harlow or List of bus routes in Essex.


See alsoEdit


  1. News. Intalink (2009-08-26). Retrieved on 27 August 2009.

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