An important Ilkeston bus route is to become more frequent and more luxurious after a £150,000 investment by the service operator.
Trent Barton is expanding its Ilkeston Flyer service to provide extra buses that will run earlier in the morning and later at night.
The route, which runs from Ilkeston and Cotmanhay to Derby, is seeing its fleet boosted by 50 per cent—from four to six buses.
Managing director Jeff Counsell said: “The Ilkeston Flyer has been an important link for local people for many years, whether travelling to work or play in Derby and beyond.
“The first weekday service will now pick up in Cotmanhay before 6am and the last buses on Friday and Saturday nights will now leave Derby after 3am. That means even more local people will find Ilkeston Flyer the ideal way to get to work or home.”
From Sunday, March 26, the Ilkeston flyer will have a first class new look and run up to every 15 minutes instead of the current 20 minute frequency.
The expanded fleet will offer customers superfast free WiFi and USB power sockets plus, comfy seats and air conditioning.
Jeff added: “By increasing its frequency to every 15 minutes and packing the buses with hi-tech creature comforts we’re giving customers a new level of experience.”
The company recently took some of the revamped buses to Ilkeston’s Market Place to show residents what they have to look forward to.
Erewash MP Maggie Throup and Mayor of Erewash Councillor Abey Stevenson were among the first to get a look inside.
Maggie said: “It’s really good that we are going to have a more frequent Ilkeston Flyer. The buses look really good, and inside with the added connectivity they are providing what customers want.
“The additional journeys in the morning, evening and weekends will help to boost the local economy, opening up access to more jobs throughout the region.”
The changes have also created six new driver jobs, taking the driving team to 15, and the company are currently recruiting for more.
For full details of the service, timetables and ticket options, visit www.trentbarton.co.uk/services/Ilkestonflyer.