New Rural Bus Service for A5 Villages

A new Hinckleybus service connecting the rural Leicestershire villages of Fenny Drayton, Witherley and Ratcliffe Culey with Nuneaton has launched this month.

The new service 68 serves residents in these rural locations five days a week, enabling residents who have been without a regular service for some time to travel around the local area without having to rely on a car.

The return of a daily bus service has been warmly welcomed by all village residents, but particularly from people living in Ratcliffe Culey who currently do not have any bus service in their village at all.

The new bus service from has been commissioned by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council through Arriva, owners of Hinckleybus, and complements the government funded £17.6m of road and infrastructure investment in the A5 around the Enterprise Zone at MIRA Technology Park.

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Councillor Maureen Cook who helped the residents’ campaign for the new service said: “I know our residents appreciate HBBC and Arriva for taking the time to listen to the issues out on the rural boundaries. It is a matter which the Parish Council, Leicestershire County Councillor Ivan Ould and Borough Councillor Kevin Morrell have worked tirelessly to resolve and I am delighted to see this service launched.   I am really most grateful to HBBC and Arriva for their understanding and help.”

Craig Allen, Depot Manager for Hinckleybus said: “We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with HBBC and the local villages to provide this new service. Myself and the team at Hinckleybus and Arriva are looking forward to the service starting. I hope that as many people as possible use the service and benefit from the link to Nuneaton. We will be using vehicles from our MIRA Technology Park network and these feature free WiFi, at seat USB points and next stop announcements.”

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council Leader Mike Hall added: “The Council welcomes the introduction of this new service and would like to express its thanks to Arriva for reviewing its services following the introduction of the new MIRA bus initiative. Villagers will now have access by public transport to Nuneaton with convenient connections to Hinckley, Atherstone and Tamworth.”