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Two Centrebus Optare Solos in 2008
|Parent company||Centrebus Group|
|Founded||13 March 2001|
|Headquarters||37 Wenlock Way, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 9HU|
|Locale||North West, East Midlands, East of England|
|Service area||Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex|
Through its Bowers subsidiary; Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire.
|Hubs||Leicester, Grantham, Dunstable, Stevenage|
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.
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 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.
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.
Leicester and LeicestershireEdit
Centrebus run the following services in Leicester and Leicestershire;
Cheshire & DerbyshireEdit
For services in Derbyshire and Cheshire see Bowers
|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|
|1||Alma Park||Earlesfield||Grantham Centre|
|2||Grantham Centre||Harrowby Estate||Hill Avenue|
|3||Grantham Centre||Barrowby Gate|
|4||Grantham Centre||Great Gonerby|
|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|
|608||Grantham||South Witham||Colsterworth, Skillington|
For services in West Yorkshire see Centrebus Holdings
- Centrebus website
- Centrebus Southern website
- Centrebus Midlands website
- Centrebus Grantham website
- Bowers website