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First Leicester
Type Public part of First Group
Headquarters Abbey Lane, Leicester
Area served Leicester, Anstey, Beaumont Leys, Birstall, Braunstone, Evington, Eyres Monsell, Glenfield, Mowmacre Hill, Nether Hall, Rushey Fields, Rushey Mead, Thurmaston, Thurnby Lodge
Website www.firstgroup.com

First Leicester is the trading name of Leicester Citybus Ltd., a bus company owned by the First Group. It runs buses in the city of Leicester, England. It is managed as part of First Midlands which also looks after the First bus services in Northampton and Worcestershire.

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History

A preserved 1964 Leicester City Transport bus

First Leicester is the descendant of the former municipal bus operations of Leicester City Council, Leicester City Transport. Under bus deregulation in 1986, the council operation was incorporated as the council owned but arms length private company, Leicester Citybus Ltd.. This was sold in November 1993 to the emerging private UK bus group, the GRT Group (this was shortly after the nearby Northampton municipal operator had also been bought by GRT). The GRT group later became FirstGroup, with the operations in Leicester subsequently being rebranded as First Leicester in the white First corporate livery.

Liveries

Leicester City Transport buses wore an allover cream livery with horizontal red stripes[1]. On creation of the arms length company Leicester Citybus, buses began to wear a livery with more red, becoming a two tone cream and red scheme, and wore fleetnames of simply CityBus[2]. Upon the takeover by GRT, the Leicester Citybus fleet began to wear a version of the GRT corporate livery, with the base and relief colours associated with Leicester City municipal buses, but in the corporate GRT arrangement, with Leicester citybus fleetnames and a spire motif[3]. As with other GRT companies, upon First rebranding the livery remained for a while, but the fleetnames were reapplied in the First corporate typeface accompanied by the flying 'f' motif, before the launch of the white First corporate livery replaced this scheme.

Depot

In 2007,a new depot opened on Abbey Lane replacing the former premises on Abbey Park Road which go back to the company's municipal heritage.This site is now derelict pending redevelopment as apartments.

Services

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City Centre

Services use either the Haymarket Bus Station or on street city centre stops or both, but do not use St Margaret's Bus Station, used by longer distance services. Only selected services call directly at Leicester railway station.

Network

Services run to Glenfield (including Kirby Frith & Braunstone Frith Estates), Braunstone Town, Eyres Monsell, De Montfort University, Evington, Leicester General Hospital, Goodwood, Humberstone, Nether Hall, Thurnby Lodge, Hamilton Centre, Thurmaston, Rushey Mead, Birstall, Mowmacre Hill, Beaumont Leys and Anstey. There is also a circular service operating that runs to Highfields and returns to the city centre.

List of routes

First Leicester operate a number of services around Leicester:

Service Branding From To Via Notes
12 Indigo Line City Centre Kirby Frith, Ryder Road Glenfield Road, Park Rise
14 Orange Line City Centre Kirby Frith, Ryder Road Aikman Avenue, Glenfield Hospital (14A)
14A Beaumont Centre
16 Green Line City Centre Leicester General Hospital St. Peters Road, Gedding Road
17 Purple Line City Centre City Centre Sparkenhoe Street, Highfields (Melbourne Road) Circular (Anti-clockwise)
18 Beige Line City Centre Braunstone, Peverel Road Hinckley Road
21 Olive Line City Centre Rushey Fields, Peebles Way St Matthew's, Catherine Street
22 Blue Line Evington, Downing Drive Rushey Mead Railway Station, City Centre, Belgrave Road
25 Mauve Line City Centre City Centre Belgrave Road, Mowmacre Hill, Beaumont Centre Circluars
26 Beaumont Centre, Mowmacre Hill, Belgrave Road
38 Red Line City Centre City Centre Uppingham Road, Humberstone, Netherhall, Thurnby Lodge Circluars
38A Uppingham Road, Thurnby Lodge, Netherhall, Humberstone
39 Grey Line City Centre Thurmaston, Blount Road Humberstone Road, Northfields, Troon Industrial Estate
54 Yellow Line Goodwood Beaumont Centre East Park Road, City Centre, Abbey Lane, Stocking Farm
70 Claret Line City Centre Blackmore Drive Narborough Road
70A Magenta Line City Centre Birstall, Wanlip Lane Abbey Lane
74 Turquoise Line City Centre Anstey, Hollow Road Anstey Lane, Beaumont Centre
88 Lime Line City Centre Eyres Monsell, Monmouth Drive Saffron Lane
88A Saffron Cross Roads
94 Brown Line City Centre Glenfield, The Square Charnor Road, Stephenson Drive

Star Trak

All buses, so far, except Services 17, 70, 70A & 94 have now been fitted with Star Trak, which tells you when the next bus will arrive at your bus stop.

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Simple English

First Leicester is the trading name of Leicester Citybus Ltd., a bus company owned by the First Group. It runs buses in the city of Leicester England.

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Depot

In 2007,a new depot opened on Abbey Lane replacing the former premises on Abbey Park Road which go back to the company's municipal heritage. This site is now derelict pending redevelopment as apartments.

Services

First Leicester operate a number of services around Leicester:

Service Branding From To Via Notes
8 Sky Line Oadby Syston Melton Road, Thurmaston Asda, Leicester City Centre (starts 12/07/09)
12 Indigo Line Leicester City Centre Kirby Frith, Ryder Road Glenfield Road, Park Rise
14 Orange Line Leicester General Hospital Kirby Frith, Ryder Road Goodwood , East Park Road, Leicester City Centre, Aikman Avenue, Glenfield Hospital (14A)
14A Beaumont Leys, Beaumont Shopping centre
16 Green Line Leicester City Centre Leicester General Hospital St. Peters Road, Gedding Road
17 Purple Line Leicester City Centre Leicester City Centre Sparkenhoe Street, Highfields (Melbourne Road) Circular (Anti-clockwise)
18 Beige Line Leicester City Centre Braunstone , Peverel Road A47 Hinckley Road
20 Olive Line Leicester City Centre Rushey Fields, Peebles Way St Matthew's, Catherine Street
21 Rushey Mead Belgrave Road, Gypsy Lane (from 13/07/09)
22 Blue Line Evington, Downing Drive Rushey Mead Leicester railway station, Leicester City Centre, Belgrave Road (until 12/07/09)
23 Blue Line] Leicester City Centre Evington, Downing Drive Evington Valley road, Leicester railway station (from 13/07/09)
25 Mauve Line Leicester City Centre Leicester City Centre A607 Belgrave Road, Mowmacre Hill, Beaumont Leys, Beaumont Shopping centre Circluars
26 Beaumont Leys, Beaumont Shopping centre, Mowmacre Hill, A607 Belgrave Road
38 Red Line Leicester City Centre Leicester City Centre A47 Uppingham Road, Humberstone, Netherhall, Thurnby Lodge Circluars
38A A47 Uppingham Road, Thurnby Lodge, Netherhall, Humberstone
39 Grey Line Leicester City Centre Thurmaston, Blount Road A47 Humberstone Road, Northfields, Troon Industrial Estate
42 Pink Line Leicester City Centre West Knighton, Pendulbury Drive London Road, Queens Road (Starts 12/07/2009)
54 Yellow Line Leicester City Centre Beaumont Leys, Beaumont Shopping centre Abbey Lane, Stocking Farm
70 Claret Line Leicester City Centre Blackmore Drive Narborough Road
71 Magenta Line Leicester City Centre Birstall, Wanlip Lane Abbey Lane
74 Turquoise Line Leicester City Centre Anstey, Hollow Road Anstey Lane, Beaumont Leys, Beaumont Shopping centre.
88 Lime Line Leicester City Centre|City Centre Eyres Monsell, Monmouth Drive Saffron Lane, The Fairway (88A), Saffron Cross Roads
88A Saffron Cross Roads
94 Brown Line City Centre Glenfield, The Square Stephenson Drive, Charnor Road
UHL Hospital Hopper Hamilton, Leicestershire, Tesco Beaumont Leys, Beaumont Shopping centre. Leicester General Hospital, De Montfort University, Charles Frears CampusLeicester railway station, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital (Until 10/07/09)

Service Changes

From friday 10th July the U.H.L hopper will be operated by Centrebus

From Sunday 12th July the following changes will commence.

New Services

Service Route Monday to Friday Saturday Sundays & Notes
Daytime Evening Daytime Evening Bank Holiday
6 Leicester - Melton Road - Thurmaston ASDA - Syston 15 60 20 60 60
43 Leicester - Queens Road - West Knighton - Pendlebury Drive 15 30 15 30 60

Timetable Changes

Service patterns have changed recently and as results services will be revised from 29th october 2010

Services 16, 18, 54 & 74 will now operate every 12 minutes

Services 12, 17, 70 & 94 will now operate every 15 minutes


Services 22/22A will operate every 20 minutes/every 10 minutes combined

Services 25/26 & 88/88A will now operate every 12 minutes/every 6 minutes combined

Services 14/14A, 21/21A & 38/38A will now operate every 15 minutes/every 7/8 minutes

Route Changes

Service 21A will replace the current 21 route from the city centre to rushey mead

Service 22 will no longer operate to rushey mead and all journeys from evington will now terminate at the city centre

Service 70A will be renumbered 71 and operate every 20 minutes

Services Withdrawn

Service Branding From To Via Notes
862 School bus This service will be re-contracted to coachcare travel
UHL Hospital Hopper Hamilton, Leicestershire, Tesco Beaumont Leys, Beaumont Shopping centre. Leicester General Hospital, De Montfort University, Charles Frears CampusLeicester railway station, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital (Until 10/07/09)
UHL U.H.L hospital hopper will be operated by Centrebus as of Monday 13th July with no changes to the current route or timetable

Star Trak

All buses, so far, except Services 17, 70, 70A & 94 have now been fitted with Star Trak, which tells you when the next bus will arrive at your bus stop.

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