A ‘lifeline’ bus service for Arnold residents has been saved by a community transport service.
Local bus operator CT4N, part of Nottingham Community Transport, has stepped in to replace part of a Locallink bus route due to be withdrawn from 24th June.
Part of the L11 route, between Bulwell and Arnold, is due to be axed as part of a package of cost savings by Nottingham City Council.
But now CT4N will launch a new commercial service to cover this route from June 24.
The new ‘Shopper’ S11 will run from Bulwell to Arnold via Bulwell Morrisons, Top Valley Tesco and Arnold Sainsburys, also extending to Mapperley Plains and Mapperley shops, running hourly during the Monday to Friday daytime.
The S11 also serves Norwich Gardens and Sandhurst Road in Bulwell, providing new links to Tesco and Arnold.
The current L11 school journeys serving Christ the King School in Arnold will also be covered by the new S11.
CT4N managing director, Ian Combellack, said: “We are thrilled that again, we are able to step in and replace these vitally important local bus services that were due to be withdrawn.
“These routes provide a lifeline for many people as it is their only way to access local shopping facilities.”
Last year CT4N launched a new Shopper service taking residents from Lowdham, Calverton, Woodborough and Lambley to Arnold town centre on Mondays and Morrisons at Netherfield on Wednesdays and Fridays.
They also launched a service from Bestwood Village to Bulwell and Morrisons as part of a drive to keep local communities and villages connected with town centres and supermarkets.