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Gedling Red 44 bus to boost Colwick park and ride service from Monday

A park and ride service in Colwick will get a boost from Monday – with buses being offered every 10 minutes when it’s added to a Gedling bus route.

Nottingham City Transport’s Red 44 will begin calling at Racecourse Park & Ride and take passengers to Nottingham City Centre – and buses will run every 10 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytimes. This is up from the current 15 minute frequency.

NCT say the £4 per car fare will remain unchanged.

Regular users will benefit from reduced travel costs as NCT’s full range of tickets and passes become available, including Easyrider.

A month’s unlimited use on Park & Ride and all other NCT services in Nottingham costs £58 – the equivalent of £2.90 per day – and is £18 less per month compared to paying with a Robin Hood Pay As You Go Card (£3.80 per day).

Red 44 operates with low emission bio-gas double deck buses and customers will be able to make use of USB charging points and free Wi-Fi on board, which are only available on NCT operated Park & Ride services in Nottingham.

The existing Nottingham City Council funded Ecolink service will stop running after Saturday (August 31), replaced by Red 44 for Racecourse Park & Ride users and by new NCT service 50 to Lady Bay Retail Park, East Point Retail Park, Daleside Road, Colwick Industrial Estate and Victoria Retail Park

The changes are being introduced as Nottingham City Council have to make changes to their tendered Link bus network due to budgetary pressures.

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David Astill, NCT Commercial and Operations Director said, “We have worked closely with Nottingham City Council and are pleased that we can both improve the service for Racecourse Park & Ride users with a more frequent service, USB charging points and free Wi-Fi, whilst also assisting the City Council in these financially difficult times.”

Councillor Adele Williams, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transport said, “NCT offering a replacement to the Ecolink bus service on a commercial basis demonstrates the success of this route, which until now has been run as part of our subsidised Linkbus network. It’s encouraging to see that this can now be run commercially by NCT. In addition, this will save the council half a million pounds a year, and at a time of much needed budget savings, this is an opportunity not to be missed.”

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