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Not to be confused with Centrebus Holdings.
Founded 2001
Headquarters Leicester
Service area Bedfordshire
Service type Bus services
Chief executive Peter Harvey
Website www.centrebus.info

Centrebus[1] is a privately owned company that runs a number of bus services around Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland and Nottinghamshire, mainly in areas where other bus companies have scaled down their bus operations. It is also has a shareholding and provides management support under contract to High Peak bus company, a Centrebus and Wellglade joint venture.


Plaxton Centro bodied VDL SB120 in April 2007
Northern Counties Palatine bodied Volvo B10M-50 in September 2008
Trustybus liveried Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 in Hatfield in April 2010

Centrebus was founded in 2001, it was previously known as Anstey Buslines. In 2002, the businesses of inMotion in Dunstable and Centrebus in Leicester merged to form the basis of the business today.


The business quickly started to expand through acquisition. In January 2004 Centrebus acquired the operation of Blazefield's St Albans bus depot. Centrebus consolidated the business into an efficient operation over the next four years, and expanded with Hertfordshire contract wins, and taking over the Harpenden to Hemel Hempstead commercial route from Arriva. In March 2008, Centrebus sold its St Albans operations to Uno.[2]

In November 2005 Centrebus started operations in Grantham, following the failure of the MASS Transit business. Until Centrebus' intervention, Grantham's network had been unstable for some years. Centrebus initially started with a "core" 10 bus operation, but has expanded quickly, improving a number of commercial services, and taking on some previously tendered services commercially, together with further contract wins.

In June 2007 Centrebus purchased Bowers Coaches,[3] a local bus operator based in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire. Bowers operated services in Cheshire, Derbyshire and Greater Manchester. In April 2012 Centrebus transferred the business into a joint venture with the Wellglade Group to form High Peak with Bowers operations relocated to Trent Barton's Dove Holes depot. As a result, High Peak has become an independent company, with a joint Wellglade/Centrebus board and the Centrebus head office team providing management support under contract. [4][5]

In May 2008 the Centrebus shareholders headed by director Julian Peddle, formed Centrebus Holdings with Arriva taking a 40% shareholding. Centrebus Holdings is an independent company from the main business, but was managed by Centrebus on a day to day basis. In September 2013 Arriva bought out its partners with the West Yorkshire operations rebranded as Yorkshire Tiger and the Hinckley operations as Hinckley Bus.[6][7][8][9] Centrebus Holdings does not own Centrebus, and was formed to take over K-Line and Stagecoach Huddersfield, and subsequently the Hinckley operations of Arriva Midlands.

In September 2008, Centrebus purchased the local bus operations of the Woods Coaches Leicestershire business. In August 2009 the business of Trustybus,[10] with operations in Essex and Hertfordshire, was purchased by Centrebus.[11] In August 2010 Centrebus took over the operations of Judges Mini Coaches, Corby with routes serving Kettering, Milton Keynes, Welford, Wellingborough, Wicken and Yardley Gobion.

In May 2011 Centrebus took over West End Travel[12] and their fleet of buses and services in Melton Mowbray and their Rural Rider services. In October 2011 Centrebus purchased Paul James Coaches,[13] Saxby from Veolia Transport with 21 buses.

In July 2011 Centrebus took over the business of Kimes Buses, Folkingham. Kimes was founded in 1945 and sold in January 1997 to its employees.[14] It operated a fleet of 23 vehicles at the time of the takeover. Its green and cream livery and the Kimes name were retained by Centrebus.[15] In August 2013 the depot was closed with operations transferred to Centrebus' Grantham depot.[16]

In November 2012 Centrebus closed its Harlow depot with most routes passing to Roadrunner Buses.[17] The remaining routes moved to the Stevenage depot, allowing the business to consolidate its East Hertfordshire operations on a single site.

Centrebus Today[edit]

From a ten year period of significant growth and development, Centrebus has emerged as an important private bus operator of local services across the East Midlands and northern Home Counties. In some areas, including parts of East Leicestershire and Rutland, Centrebus is the operator of the majority of the public transport network, and has earned a reputation of working with local authorities to maintain network stability, deliver improvements in technology, including the roll out of satellite tracking and smart card ticketing across the whole business (all Centrebus vehicles are now fitted with smart card readers and GPS equipment), and enhance services where it can (with commercial evening or Sunday services being trialed on a number of routes in Leicester, Luton and on the 19 between Melton and Nottingham). In October 2013, Centrebus launched a network of two services on the Luton & Dunstable Busway, and managed to integrate it's timetables and ticketing with Arriva and Grant Palmer through a partnership agreement overseen by Luton Council.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 3872099 Centrebus Limited
  2. ^ Expansion for Uno Oxford & Chiltern Bus Page issue 258 7 March 2008
  3. ^ Companies House extract company no 548351 Eric W Bowers Coaches Limited
  4. ^ Wellglade/Centrebus join up in Buxton busandcoach.com 24 May 2011
  5. ^ New bus operator hits the road trentbarton
  6. ^ Centrebus (Holdings) Limited Arriva 9 September 2013
  7. ^ Arriva takes joint venture control busandcoach.com 12 September 2013
  8. ^ Arriva unleases its Yorkshire Tiger busandcoach.com 9 October 2013
  9. ^ Hinckley Bus Arriva
  10. ^ Companies House extract company no 4717739 Galleon Travel Limited
  11. ^ Centrebus Harlow Bus Travel Information
  12. ^ Companies House extract company no 3741213 Romdrive Limited
  13. ^ Companies House extract company no 4314235 Garrison Street Limited formerly Paul James Coaches Limited
  14. ^ Kimes of Folkingham Country Bus
  15. ^ Millar, Alan (September 2011). "Centrebus and Go-Ahead grow with latest takeovers". Buses (Ian Allan Publishing) (678): 6. 
  16. ^ Owner to close Kimes buses in Folkingham Grantham Journal 12 July 2013
  17. ^ Registrations Received and Service Changes Advised Intalink November 2012

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