Derby Bus Depot ***Midland Classic: New style fleet name revealed. ***Trent Barton: New buses for Rainbow 1 and Skylink expected this year. ***Hulleys: Many new additions to the fleet. ******

Bus services during Corona virus epidemic

Coronavirus continues to effect us all and how we go about our everyday lives. More places are gradually reopening, and more people will start using public transport who have no other means of travel. Bus services are gradually being increased, not because things are back to normal, but because buses can only carry around 1/5 of their usual capacity. This must be a major headache for bus service operators. The core bussiness that has built up has been damaged long term and now they are providing services which make no profit.

How long can this last? The government wont pay private companies losses forever, and bus operators wont operate unprofitable buses for long either. Many smaller less profitable routes will likely not return for some time. Unfortunately there is no simple answer, but there will be an outcome and solutions will be found.

Arriva Derby: Service levels increased from Monday 1st June especially during peak hours - see arriva.co.uk.

Trent Barton: Services expected to be further incresed during June.

PLEASE HEED THE GOVERNMENTS ADVICE, STAY AT HOME AND DO NOT TRAVEL ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT, UNLESS YOUR JOURNEY IS VITAL. STAY SAFE AND THINK OF OTHERS AROUND YOU.

Looking to the future......

A bus rapid transit system has been proposed linking Derby and the Toton Lane Tram terminus, via Spondon, Borrowash, Draycott, breaston and a new M1 P&R site. There is also a plan to extend the Nottingham tram to Long Eaton amongst many other plans. An option for extending the tram from Toton through to Deby has also been proposed. See the above link for further details.

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