New Melton Night Rider bus town centre service set to launch next month for two-month pilot

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A new night bus service aiming to boost Melton’s night-time economy will be launched next month.

The Melton Mowbray Business Improvement District (BID) and Purple Flag Steering Group will be launching Melton’s Night Rider service, as a two-month pilot project, with the bus running to and from the town centre on a Friday and Saturday night.

The service will start on Friday, October 21 and end on Friday, December 23. A single flat rate of £2 will be charged for the service.

BID manager Shelagh Core said: “The aim of the pilot is to improve access to the town centre in the evening, which will hopefully increase footfall and support evening economy businesses.

“If the pilot is successful, this is potentially a service that may be continued and developed in 2017.”

During the two-month pilot the Night Rider will be running on a town north and town south route.

l The town north route will see the first bus leave St Mary’s Way in Melton at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and then make stops at Wycliffe Avenue (8.04pm), Tennyson Way (8.08pm), Sysonby Street (8.20pm) before arriving back at St Mary’s Way at 8.27pm. Later buses will also depart from St Mary’s Way at 9pm, 11pm, midnight and 1am, following the same town north route.

l The town south route will see the first bus leave St Mary’s Way at 8.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and then make stops at Grange Drive (8.35pm), Queensway (8.40pm), Tamar Road (8.45pm), Valley Road (8.49pm) before arriving back at St Mary’s Way at 8.55pm. Later buses, following the same town south route, will depart from St Mary’s Way at 8.30pm, 9.30pm, 10.30pm, 11.30pm, 12.30am and 1.30am.