Bill Purdue’s travel update: All you need to know in Mansfield and Ashfield

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At the beginning of August, Nottinghamshire County Council will make big changes to the bus services which it funds in the county.

The changes have been made as a result of consultations with County Councillors, local communities, passenger surveys and a series of road shows. Here is a summary of the most important changes affecting Mansfield, Ashfield and the surrounding areas. For a fuller explanation of all the changes, go to http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/travelling/travel/buses/planyourjourney/busnews/.

Most of the changes will take effect on August 4th. Traveline East Midlands usually has the timetables for new services on its website about 2 weeks before commencement of the service.

Starting with Ashfield, a new service 402, operated by the County Council’s own vehicles or NCC Fleet and will connect Underwood, Jacksdale and Selston from Mondays to Fridays. Service 2 will be withdrawn.

New services 445B and 445C will operate between Rainworth and Kirkby in Ashfield on Mondays only replacing service 145 which will be withdrawn. These services will be operated by Ravenshead Community Transport. Areas in Sutton currently served by service 145 will be replaced by a Sutton town service 417 also operated by the NCC fleet.

Service 140 Mansfield to Sutton via Skegby and Stanton Hill, (evenings and Sundays) will be withdrawn.

In Mansfield, sections of the current service 17 will be replaced by new service 210, Mansfield to Forest Town via Barringer Road and ASDA and 217 Mansfield to Rannoch Drive, both to be operated by Stagecoach.

Service 210 will also serve the Litton Road and Peafield Lane area.

Service 10 will be withdrawn, but the connection between Warsop and Edwinstowe will be maintained by a new service 209, which will also replace the current service 9 ,Warsop to Worksop, but follow the same route.

A new hourly service 204 will replace the off peak service 4 to Mansfield Woodhouse and will serve Debdale Lane and be operated by Stagecoach and the NCC fleet.

Services 18 and 19 will become 218 and 219 with variations to the route in the Berry Hill area, operated by both Stagecoach and NCC Fleet.

No changes to County Council funded bus services have been announced for the Newark and Sherwood area as a review was carried out for that area recently.

Apart from all those changes there will be some changes to Stagecoach and Trent Barton commercial services in the Chad area.

Most of these changes will also take place on 4th August except where stated. Revised timetables will be introduced for these Stagecoach services : 6 Ladybrook to Bull Farm ,7 Mansfield to Oak Tree , 11 Mansfield to Meden Vale ,12 Mansfield to Shirebrook ,14, 15 and 15A Mansfield to Ollerton and Walesby or Kirton . Service 28 Mansfield to Newark (Stagecoach) will no longer serve Newark Hospital. Service 141 (trent barton) will have a revised timetable.

Finally from 27th July trent barton services Rainbow 1 and Rapid 1, Ripley or Alfreton to Nottingham via Eastwood will have a revised timetable.

Tram and Train News

The new Southern Concourse at Nottingham Station is now open. It provides fully accessible connections between station, car park and Nottingham’s tram network.

It is completely glass fronted and provides access by lift and escalator. And on the Nottingham Trams, it has been announced that the extensions will not now be fully operating until early in 2015.

A spokesman for the contractors building the 2 new lines said that “rigorous” testing of the lines was needed to ensure the safety of the £570m extension.