Kinchbus have de-registered Kinch 9:
KINCHBUS LTD, MANSFIELD ROAD HEANOR DE75 7BG, GB
Operating between Nottingham, Broadmarsh Bus Station and Loughborough,
Baxter Gate given service number 9 effective from 25-Mar-2012.
For anyone not familiar with this service, it is effectively Wellglade’s on road competitor for Premier’s Red 9 (aka X9) which was itself introduced to replace Arriva’s discontinued 99 service. Premier grew this service quite vigorously in its early days, to provide a much more complete service than Arriva had provided in recent years.
The service is a simple stopping service between Nottingham and Loughborough via Ruddington, Bunny, Costock. and Rempston. It is the quickest bus service end-to-end, but relatively slow compared to the rail service.
It is unknown whether Wellglade intended to attempt to make the “9” into a shared service. When all said and done, they have succesfully shared such services as the X38 (Derby – Burton) with Arriva and Pronto (Nottingham – North Notts) with Stagecoach. Not to mention Felix services.
Anyway, it is no more. With the additional recent de-registration of Midland General 2, and the Midland General 4 , and Premier Red 4 now just a memory, it begs a significant question: Is the Wellglade / Premier “bus war” coming to an end?