Here is a geographical aide-memoire.
Putting the 26, 28, 29A and 29X together, buses leave the village ...
The ill-fated 28 is (quirkily) the xx58 departurex. The 27s, of course, run via Laundon Way ...
So what has the poor 28 done to deserve its excision?
Here's what Arriva said back in December 2016.
"On most days the total number of customers using the service from this area can be measured in single figures across all journeys over the whole day."
But isn't this a dangerous way of thinking? Any bus route running from Largeville to suburb or villages will always carry a small number of passengers to the last few stops. Chop off those stops and the route will now carry a small number of passengers to the new "last few" stops. Continue the argument to "reductio ad absurdum" and you end up with no buses at all!
Surely a wise manager will look at the Groby mini-network as a whole and make decisions accordingly. Of course, the Arriva's back-room boffins may have done that, decided that a bit of a trim wouldn't be amiss and the poor passenger numbers argument is a sop to attempt to pacify the worthy and noble burghers of the hinterland of groovy Groby.
Socially the chop will be painful even if it makes commercial sense.
Before we examine the change in more detail and speculate as to whether there might be an alternative "cunning plan", fbb will indulge in bit of non-too-distant nostalgia. Back to 2009 in fact.
Veolia owes it existence to Napoleon, who ordered that the Compagnie Générale des Eaux should be set up. To cut a long story story it became Vivendi and then was re-re-branded as Veolia. In the UK, the company had a rush of blood to its corporate head and started buying up bus companies with view to becoming "dominant force in the industry".
Unfortunately most of the companies Veolia bought (or acquired in a deal with the embryonic Transdev) were hardly big noises in the bus world.
So it was that Veolia acquired Paul James of Hugglesote ...
It lasted six months. This is what the Veolia man said:-
“In July 2009 we endeavoured to provide a service from Coalville into Leicester through a route that we believed needed improving, said Wayne Smith, General manager at Veolia's local base at Hugglescote. “On some portions of our route there was an existing service but on other portions we were on new territory. It soon became obvious that existing operators within the area made a decision to defend there (sic!) existing routes by registering a service that mirrored ours and ran it a few minutes before our own."
That was rotten of Arriva. Fancy wanting to stop some upstart company from pinching your profits!
"We have no desire at this moment in time to start what can only be described as a bus war so after due consideration we decided to cancel the service.”
Or, to put it another way - we were losing buckets-full of money.
“We were disappointed that we were not given the opportunity to develop this service,” added Wayne. “We are also aware that the increased services by these other operators were indeed reduced again following our withdrawal."
They really are rotters!
7 Measham to Atherstone - (frequency varies)
27 Loughborough to Thurmaston - (hourly)
120 Coalville to Leicester - (every two hours)
155 Coalville to Castle Donington
159 Coalville to Hinckley - (hourly)
fbb was anxious to check on the frequency of the 155 and obediently went to the Roberts web site.