Saturday 10 December 2016

Bus pass holders must pay for Nottingham to Derby service - but only one way

Published 01/04/2016 | 18:01

Passengers travelling from the city towards Derby will have to pay a £4 fare if travelling outside peak times
Passengers travelling from the city towards Derby will have to pay a £4 fare if travelling outside peak times

Bus pass holders travelling on a service between Nottingham and Derby will now have to pay - but only in one direction.

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The Red Arrow which connects the two East Midlands cities was previously free to all those travelling on concessionary passes.

But following changes to the rules implemented by Nottingham City Council on Friday, those travelling from the city towards Derby will have to pay a £4 fare if travelling outside peak times.

However Derby City Council has not changed its rules, so buses making the return leg will still be free to all those with passes.

Bus company Trent Barton said it was "disappointed" by the decision, which Nottingham City Council said would save £80,000 a year.

Councillor Nick McDonald said: "In the face of Government cuts, we can unfortunately no longer afford to subsidise bus pass holders using the Red Arrow.

"Passengers with bus passes who want to travel from Nottingham to Derby can still do so for free on other frequent services such as the Indigo, i4 and Y5."

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