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Optare Tempo in Loughborough in April 2011
Slogan "Loughborough's finest"
Parent Wellglade Group
Founded 1987
Headquarters Loughborough
Service area Derbyshire
Service type Bus services
Routes 10 (October 2013)
Hubs Loughborough
Depots 1
Fleet 34 (November 2012)
Chief executive Tom Morgan

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


  • History 1
  • Services 2
  • Fleet 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Park Royal bodied Leyland Atlantean in Loughborough in 1987
Skylink branded Plaxton Centro bodied Volvo B7RLE in the old Skylink livery in October 2011

Kinchbus was founded by former Leicester City Football Club and Nottingham City Transport director Gilbert Kinch in 1987 trading as GK Kinch and based in Barrow Upon Soar. Prior to moving into local bus services, Kinch had operated coaches from nearby Mountsorrel since at least 1972. During 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 have been operating the Skylink service originally between Derby and Loughborough, but following the withdrawal of the Arriva Leicester service, in April 2009 it was extended into Leicester.[2]

Following the collapse of Nottingham based Premiere Travel on 25 January 2013, Kinchbus announced that they would be re-introducing their number 9 service between Loughborough and Nottingham as a replacement for Premiere's Red9 service.[3]


Kinchbus operate a number of services that service local estates within Loughborough along with some Leicester City Council contracted services in Leicester. They also operate the Skylink service to East Midlands Airport that operates from St Margaret's Bus Station in Leicester to Derby.[4]


As of November 2012 the fleet consisted of 34 buses.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 2116469 Kinchbus Limited formerly Loughborough Coach and Bus Company Limited
  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
  4. ^ Maps & Times Kinchbus
  5. ^ The Wellglade Group Fleet List Derby Bus Depot November 2012

External links

  • Company website
  • Showbus gallery
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