More buses in Erewash and beyond with new funding

Published on: Monday, 24th April 2023
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Bus services in Erewash and beyond are set to feature improved timetables, and in some cases, extended routes, following the provision of new funding.

Derbyshire County Council was successful in gaining £47m to improve bus services in the county. Some of this money is being used to improve timetables on 17 routes countywide with improvements being phased in across the network.

The improvements will include running additional buses at evenings and weekends, adding extra journeys during the day, running two an hour where currently there are only one for example and extending services to new destinations. 

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Assets and Transport, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, said: “This is great news for everyone who currently uses bus services, and we hope will tempt more people to give the bus a go.

“These improvements are all in response to people asking for more services so we are confident they will be used. 

“Using the bus can be a real alternative to using the car for every journey, and for many in the county they are their only form of transport.”

Roads Minister Richard Holden said: “People up and down the country deserve a modern, reliable, and affordable public transport system. That is why we have provided Derbyshire County Council with £47 million to boost its bus services.               

“Supporting bus operators in Derbyshire with providing more services and extending timetables across 17 routes is great for local residents, who will now benefit and be able to make the most of the fantastic work, business and leisure opportunities Derbyshire has to offer.”

From 25th June, in Erewash, the Ilkeston Flyer will see improvements on the route between Cotmanhay, Ilkeston and Derby, with frequency of the Monday to Saturday evening service increasing to half hourly - currently hourly from 8:40pm from Ilkeston and 8:15pm from Derby.

The My15 between Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Old Sawley and East Midlands Airport will see the introduction of a new Sunday daytime service between Ilkeston and Old Sawley to better mirror the Monday to Saturday service, increasing the frequency to half hourly between Ilkeston and Old Sawley from 9.30am to 6.30pm.

Also in Erewash, the Comet, which services Little Eaton, Derby and through the Amber Valley to North Derbyshire will see the introduction of an hourly Sunday service from Derby between 8:05am and 7:05pm, and from Chesterfield between 9:20am and 8:20pm.

There are a number of other services in the county, with improvements to the Rainbow 1 which services Nottingham, Eastwood and parts of the Amber Valley.

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