Bus passengers travelling on one of the busiest routes into Derby's city centre can now enjoy a more punctual service with the opening of new bus lanes.
Operator trent barton runs services between Allestree and the city every seven to eight minutes and the firm's Commercial Director, Alex Hornby, says the new road layout is a major step forward for public transport in the city.
"The allestree route is one of our most popular but, in the past, the service has been disrupted by traffic congestion along Kedleston Road," he explained.
"The new bus lanes will help us to run reliably along this busy arterial route with the confidence that bus passengers have their own 'track'. The impact on other road users is lessened because, in the main, they have been created by narrowing existing carriageways rather than taking away any lanes used by motorists."
Two sections of Kedleston Road now benefit from the bus lane. Part will be closed to other traffic 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whilst in the Five Lamps area restrictions only apply during peak hours only.
To celebrate the opening of the bus lanes, Alex met with Passenger Focus and TravelWatch East Midlands representatives. He added: "We are delighted that the council has recognised the importance of this bus route to many people in the area and made this very practical investment in public transport.
pictured here with Commerical Director Alex Hornby is Jim Frogatt from TravelWatch East Midlands (left) and Phil Tonks from 'national bus industry watchdog' Passenger Focus (centre)
"It is great to see the many customers using our service receiving this reassurance that we can run more reliably. As well as helping us to provide a more punctual service, following experiences elsewhere, it can also help to improve traffic flow on this busy road," he added.