Changes to Clifton Bus Services from 27 January 2019
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From Sunday 27th January 2019, Nottingham City Transport (NCT) and Nottingham City Council will be introducing changes to some Clifton bus services.
The services affected are NCT’s Navy 3, 48 and Grey 53 and the Council’s subsidised Local Link L64. The changes are necessary to ensure these services are viable to operate by reflecting the continuing changes in travel habits on these routes.
Clifton’s main bus service, Navy 48 will continue to operate up to every 10 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes along its established route, but 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 Centre every 15 minutes.
Navy 4 and South Notts 1 will be largely unchanged, except for the 16:00 and 16:20 departures from Nottingham to Loughborough on weekdays, which are retimed to improve reliability.
There will be route and timetable changes on Navy 3 and Grey 53 because these routes are both failing to cover their operating costs. Subsidised Local Link L64 will merge into a revised Grey 53 & 54 service, which ensures all roads within Clifton that currently have a bus service continue to do so.
Navy 3 Changes -
When trentbarton withdrew their Ruddington Connection service in November 2015, NCT stepped in with Navy 3 to maintain most of the links that service provided.
After three years and despite increasing the frequency in January 2017, 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 (approx. 07:00 – 19:00) 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, 54).
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.
On the changes to Navy 3, David Astill, NCT’s Commercial and Operations Director commented, “It is extremely disappointing that after making improvements to the frequency two years ago and expanding the route to cover more stops, that Navy 3 just hasn’t attracted the number of people we need to cover its costs”. He continued, “Monday to Saturday daytime buses are reasonably well used and the revised route and timetable, which we can operate at a lower cost, ensures that Navy 3 continues to run when 84% of the current passenger journeys are being made.”
Grey 53, 54 and Local Link L64 Changes -
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 (between approx. 09:30 and 16:00), 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.
Commenting on the changes to Grey 53, David Astill said, “The merging of our Ring Road service and the Local Link L64 ensures that the vitally important links within Clifton Estate and to the QMC that these routes provide are secured on a viable basis at reduced cost to the Council.”
Councillor Dave Liversidge, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: “Our priority is to make sure Clifton residents have access to local facilities, shops and services. By working with NCT we can ensure a high quality bus service serving more residential areas.”
New Timetables and Maps
Full timetables for the revised routes are available now on the NCT website – www.nctx.co.uk and in the NCTX Buses app by selecting the route and date from 27th January 2019. Printed timetable guides will be available from outlets along the routes from early January.