As has been previously mentioned, TrentBarton’s successful Red Arrow express service between Nottingham, Derby and Chesterfield is being re-launched on Sunday, 25th July 2010. This comes just a few years after the routes fleet of Scania Irizar coaches were fully refurbished with leather seating, and Wi-Fi internet.
The latest changes see five additional coaches introduced, allowing the company to increase the Derby-Nottingham section of the route to every 10 minutes (or an increase from 4 to 6 buses per hour), and the Derby-Chesterfield section from hourly to half hourly (so a doubling of the frequency). The company are describing the changes as providing a ‘turn up and go express’ service, along the A52 – stopping only at the Queens Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham.
The service has long been a popular choice for travel between Nottingham and Derby, with a higher frequency than the train service (despite the train being some 20 minutes faster), the coach has the advantage of running direct to Derby and Nottingham city centres (while the train stations aren’t so central). It was also one of the first services in the UK to get its own Facebook page, now standing at 719 ‘fans’.
Some photos of the re-launched service will hopefully be available soon after the 25th July, providing the author can find some spare time.