Brand new buses are to be introduced on a popular route into Nottingham as part of a £750,000 investment.
The first of them entered service today (Monday, June 18) on the ruddington connection, providing more space and comfort for passengers travelling between Clifton, Ruddington and Nottingham city centre. They also provide an important commuter link to Ruddington Fields Business Park.
trent barton team leader Christian Allen-Clay (left) with regular ruddington connection customers Bernadette Coyle, Kath Nadal, Vanessa Gower, Kaia Proudfoot and Gary Hewitt.
Built by British manufacturer Optare, the state-of-the-art Solo SR models boast a range of innovative features and Alex Hornby, Commercial Director, believes customers will really notice a difference.
“For a start, the new Solos can carry more people and they’re also quieter and more comfortable,” he said.
“All in all they make for a more pleasant journey, for more people, whilst being kinder to the environment thanks to the latest engine technology.”
Alex went on to say the investment reflected the firm’s success in tempting more people out of their cars and onto the bus.
“Over recent years we’ve seen customer numbers increase on ruddington connection. It’s an important shuttle to and from Ruddington Fields Business Park and we know how much people along to the route depend on us for getting to work, to the shops or meet their friends.“As a result of this significant investment we hope even more people will discover the comfort and convenience of travelling by bus,” he added.
Following their introduction in Nottingham, the similar sized buses will also be used on allestree branded services, which connect Allestree with Derby city centre, via the university.
The ruddington connection will continue to run every 30 minutes through the day with extra buses at peak times. Meanwhile the high-frequency allestree service runs every 7 to 8 minutes.