Award winning bus company has been celebrating with a special birthday party to recognise a year since one of its most popular services was given a major investment boost.
Last May, a £1.3million investment in 13 new buses and a re-vamped timetable was unveiled for 'the nines' service which runs between Mansfield and Derby via Alfreton and Ripley.
our special birthday cake
trent barton's Managing Director, Jeff Counsell said: "The new buses and timetable have proved incredibly popular and we've seen a 45% growth in passenger numbers during the course of the last year.
"During a period when the recession was at its height, we think that is a tremendous endorsement of the investment we made and it's certainly something worth celebrating with the people who matter most - our customers."
The nines buses all include state-of-the-art, low emission technology, leather seats and relaxing interior design features. The timetable has also created a 15 minute frequency between Alrefton, Ripley and Derby alongside a special fast hourly service which runs direct from Ripley to Derby along the A38.
Mr Counsell said: "Our customer research clearly demonstrates that our passengers want to ride on clean, modern buses. We're proud to have one of the youngest fleets in the country and we have a programme of continuous investment which is aimed to keep it that way.
"We're also constantly looking at up-grading our timetables in order to respond to the needs of customers and we'll soon be introducing more Sunday services on the nines route."
Here we are cutting the cake with the nines customer young Martin Sharpe. along with MANGO man and our marketing manager, Sarah Taylor
Other service highlights include:
- Buses running every 15 minutes from Sutton-in-Ashfield to Mansfield;
- A 30 minutes service between Sutton-in-Ashfield and Mansfield to The East Midlands Designer Outlet at junction 28 of the M1;
- MANGO smart cards, which give a 25% saving on single cash fares, can be used, speeding up boarding times and leading to better timekeeping.