Plans announced to extend transport services in Oakham

Current image of Jules House

Plans have been announced by Rutland County Council promising to enhance and extend vital transport services in Oakham and surrounding areas.

The council’s proposal involves utilising a central site for its transport initiative, which is part of a broader scheme collaborating with Melton Borough Council under its combined £23m Levelling Up Funding .

Based at the former Jules House area adjacent to Oakham Memorial Hospital, It will introduce a new network of bus routes, complemented by both fixed-line and demand-responsive transport services.

A fleet of three electric minibuses will cater to local journeys, improving mobility for over 100,000 residents across Rutland and Melton, aiming to integrate the two rural market towns into a unified economic system.

Penny Sharp, strategic director of places at Rutland County Council, said: “As part of our ambitions for the secured funding, we were eager to utilise our existing building stock and land but reimagine it into spaces benefitting the community. The site at Cold Overton Road presented a fantastic opportunity to cement a lasting impact and legacy and provide essential services to local residents.”

 “The new facilities will enhance the existing public transport services providing connectivity to the train station, Oakham town and to services in other parts of the county. Overall, the LUF scheme will harness the potential of Rutland and Melton, and the development of this initiative responds to the need for increased transport routes, better mobility between the towns and brings essential community spaces back into use.”