City council announces tender proposals for improving buses


Greater Nottingham councils and bus operators have joined forces to bid for £ 98million in government funding to improve services for passengers.

Greener buses, reduced fares for younger people and more contactless ticketing options are part of a series of proposals to make using the bus even easier.

The bus service improvement plan, submitted last week, builds on existing partnerships with local bus operators and was produced jointly by Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

Councilor Rosemary Healy, Nottingham City Council Transport Portfolio Holder, said: “Greater Nottingham already has one of the most popular public transport networks outside of London, with frequent and easy-to-use services. connecting communities to key destinations.


• A £ 98million bid to improve bus services in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

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“This funding would allow us to make further significant investments in bus services and infrastructure in the Greater Nottingham area, including building on our innovative work to provide greener buses that help reduce carbon emissions.” and air pollution.

“Bus services don’t stop at city council boundaries, and we are delighted to be working with Nottinghamshire County Council and our local bus operators to improve services for everyone. “

County Councilor Neil Clarke MBE, chairman of the transport and environment committee, said: in the consultation over the summer.

“We received many suggestions for improvement and aspirations for future bus travel and these helped shape the Greater Nottingham Plan as well as a separate plan to improve bus services for the rest of the county which includes rural areas and market towns where buses serve wider destinations and the population is more sparse.

“Both plans set out a bold ambition and by working with local bus operators we hope to make substantial investments in the city and county to help build a sustainable, efficient and growing bus network with real tangible benefits for residents and visitors. “

The plan sets out a number of ambitions for bus services in the region, in line with the new national bus strategy, which aim to improve the attractiveness, reliability and environmental impact of bus services.

Of the offer, £ 57million will be invested in bus network infrastructure and £ 40million in electric and hydrogen buses.

Reflecting the travel area covered by the Robin Hood Card, which supports travel on all bus and tram services, the Greater Nottingham Plan includes:

  • Provide a “Superbus” network of high frequency bus services throughout the day and during evenings and weekends
  • Extension of priority to buses along key corridors
  • Invest in new electric and hydrogen buses
  • Improve bus stations, interchanges and waiting facilities with high quality smart and ‘green’ shelters installed in district centers
  • Continued deployment of new digital displays providing real-time bus information
  • Addition of a reduction on youth rates for all 19-21 years old
  • Support for a travel plan for job seekers
  • Offer new contactless ticketing options to support new modes of travel and simplify bus use and fares.

Both councils expect to know whether they managed to receive funding from the government’s £ 1.2bn bus service improvement fund later this year.

David Astill, Managing Director of Nottingham City Transport (NCT), said: “Nottingham City Transport has a reputation for providing award-winning bus services with some of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the country, and we can also boast of the largest fleet of biogas-fueled double-decker buses in the world as we work to help our city achieve its CN28 aspirations. All of this has been achieved through close collaboration with our partners in local authorities, in particular Nottingham City Council.

“But there is much more we can do as we recover from the shock of the pandemic and the impact that has had on people’s travel habits. The BSIP for Greater Nottingham represents a wonderful opportunity to build on what has been achieved and to ensure that Nottingham’s buses remain among the best.


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