THE collapse in January of Premiere Travel, which operated many bus services in our area, has certainly led to some travel disruption and inconvenience for local people. Now Paul Hallett has asked dumbles.co.uk to help gather together these experiences. He writes:
As a village planner, who tries to keep an eye on transport services to/from Oxton, I am keen to ask people who live along the A6097 corridor about their experiences with the replacement No 5 bus service since Premiere Travel went bust.
I have yet to start my mobile project of lurking at bus stops to speak to waiting passengers, but I am keen to understand what the locals think of the service. By this I mean punctuality, driving standards, customer care, etc.
We cannot do much about the route at the moment, but I gather Notts County Council has plans to examine the service as part of ‘The Gedling Area’ (Oxton is in Newark and Sherwood, but there you are).
We have noticed a slight change to the route, as the first Citybound bus of the day travels through Calverton, leaving brave souls stranded as there are no buses back to Oxton. It is clear that the NCT Pathfinder Service 100 is very good in all respects, but the interchange at Lowdham or Burton Joyce is a disincentive to switching for every journey. I doubt if joint-ticketing has been arranged.
Oh, and if you go to the NCT bus stop right outside the Main Post Office at the top of Queen Street, in Nottingham, the digital destination board gives the destination as Lowdham, which is not actually the terminus (Oxton is). This service is vital to some folks for all sorts of reasons.
Your responses are very welcome and are much appreciated, Paul Hallett.
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