A new bus link connecting workers and passengers from Erewash to East Midlands Airport has carried 50,000 people in its first nine months.
We created the new bus link in March 2018 for the people of Ilkeston, Stapleford and Sandiacre to access the thousands of new jobs being created in and around East Midlands Airport.
The extension to the my15 has run every hour, seven days a week, connecting the towns' workers to current and future employment opportunities. It has also proved ideal for local jetsetters flying into or out of the airport.
Jeff Counsell, managing director at trentbarton, said: "The new addition to my15 has really taken off with workers at the airport and in the many businesses based nearby.
"The number of customers has exceeded our expectations and the local communities that my15 serves have embraced their new direct link to the airport.
"East Midlands Airport and surrounding businesses have ambitious plans to be a major transport and employment hub over the next 10 years, and we're doing our bit to help drive that growth by connecting workers and holidaymakers around the clock.
"By deploying newly refurbished buses to boost the fleet, trentbarton has given my15 more buses that run more often to give a sustainable, comfortable, affordable way to get to and from work."
Karen Smart, East Midlands Airport's managing director, said: "This corner of North-West Leicestershire is one of the fastest growing employment sites in the region with the number of jobs set to double in the next few years.
"It's therefore more important than ever to make it as easy as possible for people from all over the region to be able to get to here, whether it's for work of the fly from their local airport. The bus network is critical to this and I am delighted that my15 is proving to be such a success."
East Midlands Airport and the businesses in the East Midlands Enterprise Gateway [EMEG] area already employ 10,000 people, with a potential 20,00 new jobs to be created in the next 20 years.
And it's not just the route that the customers love, in a recent survey the my15 drivers scored a whopping 99% in customer satisfaction.
Jeff said: "Our drivers really are the best in the land, and our dedicated my15 team look forward to welcoming you on board in 2019."
The my15 timetable can be found here.