There have been a number of developments for Stagecoach East Midlands of late. Firstly, following the opening of Mansfield’s new £9m bus station, the operator was involved in the re-launch of the town’s bus network under the Mansfield Move banner. The day before the opening, the company played a key role in a Family Fun Day, providing a vintage bus for free tours of the town. As part of the Statutory Quality Bus Partnership which accompanies the new station, Stagecoach has ordered new buses worth over £1m.
Also in Mansfield, the pronto service run jointly by Stagecoach and trentbarton has seen an increase in frequency to every ten minutes between Mansfield and Nottingham. It previously ran every 15 minutes. Staying in Nottinghamshire, the operator’s Sherwood Arrow service has been improved, with hourly buses between Ollerton and Nottingham and a new link to Retford. The route is run as a partnership between Stagecoach and Nottinghamshire County Council. It will also feature a new look, with the rear of each vehicle celebrating a different location on the route. There is also an improved service on the InterConnect 6 between Lincoln and Skegness, with the addition of faster journeys on the key corridor designed to appeal to car drivers.
Stagecoach Regional Director, Gary Nolan, said, ‘The main InterConnect 6 has been growing for many years and we were looking at what we could do to continue this upward trend. Our new 6x journeys are 20% faster than the main service, fantastically competitive with driving times and are the same great price as the normal trips. We are promoting the service as Lincoln to Skegness – the quick way. It’s always nice to be improving services and to have so many improvements happening at once is fantastic. The strength of our partnerships can be seen in the changes we have made particularly with Nottinghamshire County Council. Working together we have been able to secure better buses.’