Residents in the borough will now have a direct evening bus to Arnold from Monday, September 2, as Nottingham City Transport extends its Lilac 25 to operate later.
Lilac 25 currently runs between City, Carlton, Westdale Lane and Mapperley at night, but will extend to Daybrook and Arnold Town Centre every 30 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays.
The last bus from Arnold Town Centre will be just after 22:30, making it ideal for people enjoying a show or film at the Bonington Theatre, bargain hunting at Arnold Flea Market or meeting friends.
The improved evening timetable also provides Arnold residents with two hours extra social time at Mapperley, with the last bus at approx. 22:15 instead of 20:15.
Gedling Borough Council Leader, Cllr John Clarke, welcomed the extension.
He said: “This extended low emission service provides a much improved option for our residents to enjoy the nightlife in our borough.
“Whether they’re travelling from Carlton or Mapperley to visit The Bonington for an evening film screening, or heading from Arnold to Mapperley Top for a bite to eat, I’m sure these later night buses will be very popular and will be welcomed by businesses in the areas. It’s great to see NCT investing in bio-gas buses alongside these new routes for our communities.”
Lilac 25 operates with NCT’s low emission fleet of bio-gas double deck buses, with USB chargers and free Wi-Fi on board and have proven popular with customers since their introduction two years ago.
Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT’s Marketing Manager added, “Lilac 25 provides an important and well used daytime link to Arnold Town Centre and following requests by Gedling Borough Councillors and customers for later buses to and from Arnold, we’re delighted to introduce these extra buses.”
New timetable leaflets are now available at the NCT Travel Centre and local libraries, as well as online at nctx.co.uk and in the NCTX Buses app.