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Big step towards normal bus services for trentbarton

East Midlands bus operator trentbarton has made its most significant return to pre-coronavirus levels of services - with almost all routes now back to normal.

The company, part of Chamber member the Wellglade Group, resumed more services yesterday (Sunday 23 August) ahead of the reopening of schools and colleges.

It also follows many people returning to workplaces and beginning to socialise in bars and restaurants.

Customer numbers are already nearly 50 per cent of pre-Covid levels and trentbarton has brought back frontline staff, including drivers, from furlough to be there for when more people want to travel.

Jeff Counsell, managing director at trentbarton, said it was the "biggest single step back to returning to a full service".

"It means we’ll have the capacity to provide Covid-secure journeys for the expected increase in customers," he added.

“We’ve already seen many customers travel with us to enjoy the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. We know that as more people travel with us, they are reassured by the measures we are taking and will be more confident to travel more.”

Which trentbarton services have returned to normal?

Services back to their pre-Covid full timetables are:

· the allestree

· amberline

· black cat

· the calverton

· H1

· i4

· mainline

· the mickleover

· the nines

· red arrow

· rainbow one

· rushcliffe villager

· spondon flyer

· swift

· the threes

· the two

· the villager

· V3

· X38

· 1A

· 90

· 141

Other announcements included the sixes getting a Sunday timetable; skylink express daytime frequency increasing to 30 minutes; and the keyworth increasing frequency to every 20 minutes, while running through to the city centre and getting a special Sunday timetable.

Night buses are only running on routes that have 24-hour, seven-day timetables.

Key role for public transport in reopening the economy

Jeff added: “We’re playing our part in getting the local economy back up to speed and want customers to join the growing numbers who have been returning to our buses.

“Our drivers have been overwhelmed by the positivity expressed by customers about their experience of travelling with trentbarton again, with a number of them saying they have been reassured by the Covid-secure measures we have in place.

“Being ready for our college students and school pupils is a major aim of these latest service enhancements, which boost the frequency of services used by young people to get to and from their vital education. The enhanced levels of service also means parents can return to work safely.

“And Sunday and evening travel is so important for the leisure venues and hospitality businesses which are now open to entertain people looking to enjoy their spare time again. We look forward to welcoming everybody back on board.”

The new timetables can be viewed here.