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Slogan"Loughborough's finest"
ParentWellglade Group
Service areaDerbyshire
Service typeBus services
Routes7 (June 2017)
Fleet37 (June 2017)
Chief executiveTom Morgan

Kinchbus[1] is a bus operator in Loughborough, England. It is a subsidiary of the Wellglade Group.


Park Royal bodied Leyland Atlantean in Loughborough in 1987
Optare Tempo in Loughborough in 2011

Kinchbus was founded in 1987 by former Leicester City Football Club director Gilbert Kinch trading as GK Kinch and based in Barrow Upon Soar. Before moving into local bus services, Kinch had operated coaches from nearby Mountsorrel since at least 1972. In the early 1990s Kinchbus began to expand with services around Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. In 1998 Kinchbus was sold to the Wellglade Group.

Since 2008 Kinchbus has operated the Skylink service between Derby and Loughborough. In April 2009 after the withdrawal of the Arriva Fox County service it extended the service to Leicester.[2]

After the collapse of Nottingham based Premiere Travel on 25 January 2013, Kinchbus announced that it would reintroduce its route 9 service between Loughborough and Nottingham to replace Premiere's Red9 service.[3]


Kinchbus operates several routes to local housing estates in Loughborough and some Leicester City Council contracted services in Leicester.

Skylink coach in Nottingham

Kinchbus also operates Skylink services to East Midlands Airport from Leicester and Derby[4] and from Nottingham.[5]


As of January 2019 the fleet has 35 buses.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kinchbus Limited 02116469". Companies House.
  2. ^ "New operator for Leicester Skylink Bus service". UK airports information blog. 17 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Kinchbus steps in to help Premiere customers". Kinchbus. 30 January 2013.Archived 19 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Skylink Derby Airport – Loughborough – Leicester". Kinchbus. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Skylink Nottingham – Long Eaton – Airport – Loughborough". Kinchbus. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  6. ^ "The Wellglade Group Fleet List". Derby Bus Depot. January 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2019.

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