Nottingham City Transport (NCT) and Nottingham City Council have announced various changes to bus services in Clifton.
The services affected are NCT’s Navy 3, 48 and Grey 53, along with the council’s subsidised Local Link L64.
They will come into force from Sunday 27th January 2019. NCT say that changes are “necessary to ensure these services are viable to operate by reflecting the continuing changes in travel habits on these routes”.
The 48 will have a reduced frequency in the early evening and on a Saturday, but will remain every 10 minutes on a Monday to Saturday daytime. NCT say that “early evening and Sunday frequencies will be reduced slightly to better match the demand for the route at these times”.
The late evening timetable will be revised to provide better co-ordination with South Notts 1, which will see buses spread out evenly, arriving and departing the city every 15 minutes.
Route and timetable changes have been announced for the Navy 3 and NCT have said that the route is failing to cover operating costs.
Nottingham City Transport stepped in when Trentbarton withdrew their Ruddington Connection service in November 2015.
However, after three years and despite increasing the frequency in January 2017, NCT say this route isn’t carrying enough people and the route is failing to cover its operating costs.
Navy 3 will return to its previous 30-minute frequency on Monday to Saturday daytimes and the route will be shortened in Clifton, with buses terminating at Crusader roundabout rather than Hartness Road, which will be served by changes to the 53 and 54.
NCT say that “patronage in the early mornings, evenings and Sundays has been particularly disappointing and the difficult decision to withdraw the service at these times has had to be made”.
Grey 53, 54 and Local Link L64
Within Clifton, Grey 53 and subsidised Local Link L64 provide important links to the more residential areas, connecting residents with the main shopping centre and amenities on Southchurch Drive, as well as a direct link to QMC.
These services will be merged and on Monday to Saturday daytimes, Grey 53 will be renumbered to operate as Grey 54 serving Lark Hill Village, Summerwood Lane, Rivergreen, Sunninghill Drive and Brinkhill Crescent areas within Clifton before continuing to QMC and along the Ring Road to Arnold.
The Clifton terminus for Grey 53 and 54 will move from Nobel Road to Hartness Road – replacing Navy 3 – with buses operating along Clifton Lane and through The Dip and no longer serving Nobel Road.
NCT say that “all roads within Clifton that currently have a bus service continue to do so”.
David Astill, commercial/operations director, said: “The merging of our Ring Road service and the Local Link L64 ensures that the important links within Clifton and to the QMC that these routes provide are secured on a viable basis at reduced cost to the council.”