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‘One penny’ bus routes for Derby Day

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Leicester Tigers supporters based in Market Harborough, Oakham and Market Bosworth will be able to take advantage of a one-off bus service to and from Welford Road at this weekend’s Premiership Rugby Cup fixture against Northampton Saints.

Derby Day returns to Welford Road on Saturday, October 12 (kick-of 3.00pm) and following the news that club would not be able to operate its Centrebus routes for the 2019/20 season, the club has worked to provide an alternative for fans from these areas.

The T1 service from Market Harborough, the T2 service from Oakham and T4 service from Market Bosworth will be operated by Orbit coaches arriving at Welford Road for 2.30pm.

Customers with a 2019/20 season ticket or match ticket will be able to pre-book their return ticket for a cost of just 1p for this weekend’s match, with a view to the club continuing the trial and identifying the necessary costs up until Tigers’ Challenge Cup home game against Pau on November 16.

Details of bus routes and timings are as below.

T1 service

Market Harborough to Tigers: Market Harborough (The Square) 1:30pm, Kibworth (Church Road, opposite Coach & Horses) 1:45pm, Fleckney (High Street, opposite The Old Crown) 1:55pm, Great Glen (Greyhound Pub) 2:00pm, Oadby (Tennis Club bus stop) 2:15pm, Welford Road 2:30pm

T2 service

Oakham to Tigers: Oakham Northgate (opposite The Wheatsheaf) 1:20pm, Preston (Kingfisher) 1:28pm, Uppingham (North Street East bus stop) 1:40pm, Tugby (Crossroads bus stop) 1:50pm, Houghton on the Hill (Rose & Crown) 2:00pm, Bushby (Bus stop at 913 Uppingham Road) 2:03pm, Leicester (St Joseph’s Church, Uppingham Road) 2:06pm, Leicester (Merlyn Vaz Centre, Uppingham Road) 2:15pm, Welford Road 2:30pm

T4 service

Market Bosworth to Tigers: Market Bosworth (The Square) 1:37pm, Newbold Verdon (Opposite The Old White Swan) 1:46pm, Desford (The Bluebell) 1:52pm, Desford Crossroads (Opposite The White Horse) 1:57pm, Leicester Forest East (The Red Cow) 2:03pm, Westcotes (King Richard’s Road) 2:15pm, Welford Road 2:30pm

Return services will leave Welford Road at 6.00pm prompt and will pick up fans where they will have been dropped off pre-match.

Representatives from the club will take the opportunity over the next few matches to speak to passengers to find out how and if we can make the service work long-term, with a view to identify costs and timings.

Chris Rose, head of brand at Leicester Tigers, said “We understand that travel to and from Welford Road is one of the challenges our supporters have to overcome particularly when kick-off times change from Saturday afternoon.

“We want to offer our bus services for the long term, and if we are able to make them a success to expand the initiative to other routes.”

You can guarantee your return travel for just 1p by clicking here or calling the ticket office on 0116 319 8888.