Ruddington Connection service to be withdrawn
Many of you will have heard that Trent Barton have announced that the Ruddington Connection will stop from the end of November. This would leave large parts of Ruddington without a nearby bus route.
Ruddington Parish Council spoke to Trent Barton, and Nottingham City Transport, to seek a solution. A petition was started by a local resident.
Then NCT announced that they are going to extend some of their routes to cover much of the Ruddington Connection. The Navy 3 and the Green 10 routes will be extended.
NCT extend routes
Nottingham City Transport has announced changes to Navy 3 and Green 10 which will retain many of the important bus links for Ruddington.
From Sunday 22 November 2015:
- The Navy 3 service will be re-routed between Wilford Green and Clifton (The Fairham) via Ruddington Lane, Wilford Road, Ruddington Village and Clifton Road, retaining the important bus links to Ruddington Lane, Wilford Industrial Estate and between Clifton and Ruddington. This service will run 7 days a week, including Monday to Saturday evenings.
- In addition, peak time Monday to Friday journeys on Green 10 will extend to Ruddington Business Park to cater for Nottingham residents working at this key employment hub. Buses will terminate on Mere Way, near the Country Park.
David Astill, NCT Commercial Manager commented, “We have liaised with the City and County Councils and looked at the commercial options available to Nottingham City Transport to offer a replacement service that we hope will be cost effective and viable to run”. He continued, “We very much look forward to welcoming Ruddington Connection customers on board these services and encourage people to make use of them, so that they are sustainable for the long term”.
All NCT tickets, Easyrider and concessionary passes will be valid on these services and full timetable information is available from NCT.
Councillor Nick Tegerdine, Chairman of Environment & Policy Committee says “I am pleased that NCT have stepped in. It covers most of the journeys for Ruddington residents. There are still some issues to be sorted, Sunday evenings and departure times too close together for example, and we will be talking to NCT about these. If you have any comments please let the Parish Council office know. The Parish Council will continue to campaign to enhance public transport throughout the Village”.
I would like to thank everyone who signed the petition concerning the closing of the Trent Barton bus service to Ruddington.As this problem seems to have been solved by NCT buses the petition was not necessary, but thank you for your support.
R M Wilson