Piecing together the snippets of information released by Premier on their Facebook page is making their intentions for the Nottingham to East Midlands Airport service clearer.
The situation as announced is:
- An hourly service, via Clifton
- Similar journey time as the NCC service, but not via the A453.
- Operated by coach – not double decker (presumably because of the railway bridge at Kingston-on-Soar).
- Seat bookings available for passengers using the full route, but will be stopping at intermediate stops.
- No detailed times, fares of even a VOSA registration yet.
Premier now have quite a simple zoned fare structure, which shows EMA (which they don’t currently serve) as two zones from Nottingham – This is £2 single £3.50 two-trip based on their standard fares. Whether there is an introductory discount stands to be seen.
One likely route is to take the existing NCT No. 1 route from Nottingham to Gotham, then adopt what NCT call the Skylink “full diversion” via Kingston, Packington Hill (Kegworth) – but may include Kegworth Centre, and Pegasus Business Park. I can’t see an easy way of including East Midlands Parkway without adding a significant time penalty.
Premier’s record of resurrecting abandoned services is good. Red 9 shows what can be achieved with determination, and Red 5 made a success, where Long Eaton Express struggled.
I for one wish them well with the venture, and look forward to the half-hourly upgrade!