New quick bus service to city

Getting the Rapid 1 service off to a fast start in Ripley market place are trent barton's Mike Staines (front left) and Kevin Harrison. They are watched by colleagues: (left to right) Mick Fletcher, the company's smartcard mascot Mr Mango, Alex Hornby and Adrian Lewin.

Getting the Rapid 1 service off to a fast start in Ripley market place are trent barton's Mike Staines (front left) and Kevin Harrison. They are watched by colleagues: (left to right) Mick Fletcher, the company's smartcard mascot Mr Mango, Alex Hornby and Adrian Lewin.

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PASSENGERS living in Ripley, Codnor, Heanor and Langley Mill can now use a speedy bus journey into Nottingham city centre with the launch of a new service.

TrentBarton has launched the new hourly Rapid 1 buses which it says will complement the firm’s existing Rainbow 1 services but will take a more direct route along the A610 bypass, reducing journey times by up to 20 minutes.

The firm’s commercial director Alex Hornby believes the buses will prove an instant hit with customers. He said: “We have listened to customers who say that they would find a direct service more convenient for visiting Nottingham for work or shopping and Rapid 1 will sit comfortably alongside our existing routes. It’s great to be in a position that we can expand and do new things, rather than the opposite. Buses operating on the service have been specified to offer a relaxing designer interior with comfortable leather seats and air-conditioning as standard.”

The buses feature easy access doors and dedicated spaces for people with wheelchairs and buggies.

Current bus journeys from Ripley to Nottingham take over an hour on the Rainbow 1 and Red Arrow services, with rush-hour traffic often slowing the service down further.

The new timetable, which was launched on Monday, May 30, sees buses leave Ripley Market Place at 7.10am with the last one leaving at 5.20pm. Return journeys, starting from Nottingham city centre’s Victoria Centre bus station, begin at 8.17am and carry on through until 6.17pm.

Mr Hornby added: “On the route there are bargain fares of just £2 a trip with the popular Mango smartcard, which also offers discounts at many retail outlets in the city.”

The Rapid 1 service was given a fast send-off in the town’s Market Place with TrentBarton’s Mike Staines and Kevin Harrison donning running gear. They were joined by colleagues and the company’s smartcard mascot Mr Mango.