Our popular service the nines has been shortlisted in the 'Winning New Customers' category at the 2010 UK Bus Awards.
the nines has proved a huge success with customers and recently benefited from a £1.3 million investment in new buses. These now provide residents across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire with frequent and fast links between local communities and Derby, Ripley, Alfreton, Sutton and Mansfield.
Explained Commercial Director, Alex Hornby: "Over the past twelve months we have seen customer numbers increase by more than 16 per cent, a figure that reflects the growing popularity of the service.
"As a result we recently made a number of improvements to the timetable, including extra buses at peak times on the 9.3 route that provides a direct service along the A38 between Ripley and Derby, and a new half hourly timetable introduced on Sundays along the whole of the route. There will be further improvements at the end of October, with a new peak journey from Mansfield and an extra late bus from Derby each weekday. It's a continuing success story."
In recognising the nines, the organisers of the UK Bus Awards commented on its importance to a number of former mining communities, the introduction of high-specification vehicles and the fact that the service was delivered by a local, dedicated team of exceptional drivers and local brand managers.
Added Alex: "We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award, against tough competition from several high-profile companies from across the UK. It is to the credit of everyone involved in the service that we are still in the running for this prestigious accolade."
We are no stranger to success in the UK Bus Awards. Last year driver Barry Allitt was named as UK Bus Driver of the year and in 2010 another driver, Nottingham-based Rhamzan Mohammed, has been shortlisted for the title.
The winners of this year's awards will be announced at a special event at the London Hilton on November 16.