Free Hop! bus service hailed a success

By Michal Okonski

On April 3rd, the free Hop! electric bus was launched to make Leicester city centre more accessible for pedestrians. 

The service allows Leicester’s city centre residents to ‘hop’ around key city destinations, such as the train station and the Richard III Visitor Centre.

After just 20 days, it had carried over 10,000 passengers using a small, 21-seat electric bus.

Andrew Gibbons, Buses Programme Manager at Leicester City Council, said: “We thought the passenger number would be about 500 a day, but we’re finding that it’s about 700 a day!”

The council hopes that Leicester’s Greenline Network will represent a new way of getting around cities, with Mr Gibbons adding: “We’ve already had a few calls from other cities that would like to have a look at it.”

The Hop! route can be found at: and runs every 10 minutes. 

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