Nottingham City Transport Surprises Local Historian Robert Howard in Bus Name Unveiling at “History Bus 35” Launch

3 years ago Thu 1st Nov 2018

Nottingham City Transport and local historian, Robert Howard, have officially launched “History Bus 35”, a guide to discovering the rich history by travelling along one of the City’s longest bus routes.

The launch took place at the beautiful Wollaton Park, with one of the upgraded Orange 35 buses which are now operating on the route between Bulwell, Strelley, Bilborough, Wollaton Vale, University Park, QMC and the City Centre.

Expecting just to have some photographs taken for the launch, NCT surprised Robert by arriving with an Orange 35 bus that has been named after him, making Robert the 26th local person to be honoured with an NCT named bus.  

Robert Howard and his Named Bus

Upon seeing his name proudly on the front of a bus, Robert commented, “Never in my 74 years of riding on buses did I expect it to come to this - to see one bearing my name. I’m fairly chuffed. I can see the headline now: ‘Former Chair of East Midlands Airport has a bus named after him’. It’s a great honour by any measure.”

The free “History Bus 35” Guide is available from the NCT Travel Centre in Nottingham’s Old Market Square or can be downloaded from and details the fascinating historical importance of places along the route.

Orange 35 passes through, or near, 12 of Nottingham’s 17 Domesday communities, the site of a Roman Fort and the world’s first known railway built in 1603-4 to carry coal from Strelley to Wollaton. The route is also rich in housing of historical significance, from alms-houses and ‘Garden City’ council estates to a Tudor mansion and gated private estate. Former collieries and canals, which are now country parks and places to enjoy the great outdoors are to be discovered on “History Bus 35”.

Photo of Wollaton Park

Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT Marketing Manager added, “It’s been a pleasure working with Robert to produce the History Bus 35 Guide as well as learning all about the hidden history along one of NCT’s longest and most popular bus routes”. He continued, “As a life-long supporter of public transport, including during his time as a Councillor, it’s an honour to name one of the buses on route 35 after Robert, in recognition of his tireless promotion of bus travel for so many years”.

The best way to travel on “History Bus 35” is with an all day ticket, which gives unlimited travel for the day and enables people to hop on and off the bus to get closer to the historical points on route.

Adult all day travel is £4 on the bus or £3.80 on the NCTX Buses App; a Grouprider – covering up to 5 people (min 1 adult, max 2 adults) is £5 after 09:30 on weekdays or any time at the weekend.