Ilkeston to get an even more frequent flyer

Published on: Thursday, 29th August 2019
ilkeston flyer every 12 mins: (l-r) ilkeston flyer driver Mat Simmons and team leader Leeann Shearer

Ilkeston is to get a more frequent flyer service thanks to trentbarton adding another bus to the fleet, improving ilkeston flyer’s frequency to every 12 minutes.

The £160,000 investment in the extra bus and drivers in the service, which flies from Ilkeston and Cotmanhay to Derby, will get into gear from Sunday September 1.

In 2017 the Ilkeston flyer’s frequency was improved from 20 minutes to up to every 15 minutes when the fleet was boosted from four to six buses.

This new enhancement to the ilkeston flyer has created two new driver jobs, taking the driving team to 19-strong.

Like the rest of the fleet, the extra bus will have superfast free WiFi and USB power, comfy seats and air con for a premium passenger experience.

trentbarton took its friendly driving team and one of the ilkeston flyer buses to Ilkeston’s Market Place on Thursday to talk to local people about the improvements.

trentbarton managing director Jeff Counsell said: “ilkeston flyer is increasingly popular as a valued link for local people to get into and out of Derby.  It’s so well used that we can see the need for another bus to join the flyer fleet, so we can have more ilkeston flyer services each hour. Every 12 minutes an ilkeston flyer will depart and we hope local people make great use of this improved service.”

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