Bill Purdue’s travel news - September edition

NEWS: News.
NEWS: News.

On Saturday 13th September East Midlands Trains will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the coming of the railways to Derby.

To mark the occasion the entire North Shed area of the depot at Etches Park in Derby will be open to explore between 10am and 4.30pm.

You’ll get the chance to gain an insight into the workings of a maintenance depot as well as the chance to marvel at the fascinating series of trains on display.

There’ll also be plenty of stalls and fairground rides, so it’s a good day out for the whole family. Tickets can be purchased in advance: adults £11, children £7, seniors £7 and family £29.

Tickets bought on the day will cost more. Any disabled badge holders requiring car parking can utilise the car park at East Midlands Trains Customer Service Academy at Pride Park.

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Discount on Trent Barton’s ZigZag ticket.

Trent Barton has teamed up with a number of important venues such as football clubs and theatres in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to offer discounted Zigzag tickets on production of your event ticket when buying a Zigzag ticket from the driver. Some of the venues include Mansfield Town FC, Nottingham Forest, Royal Centre, Nottingham Playhouse and the Capital FM arena. For more details go to

On the trams

The frequency of the Nottingham trams has been increased. Trams from Hucknall and Phoenix Park now run every 10 minutes in the daytime and every 15 minutes in the evenings even on Sundays.

On the Sheffield trams, rail replacement works are still underway and are currently taking place in the West Street area. A replacement bus service is operating between the city centre and Middlewood or Malin Bridge.

Kangaroo tickets price rise

Kangaroo prices will be changing from Sunday 31 August 2014.

Adult Day Tickets will go up to £4.50, and Child Day Tickets will go up to £2.70.

The Kangaroo ticket allows unlimited travel on all buses (excluding premium night services operating after midnight), trams and trains within Greater Nottingham(see the Kangaroo boundary map) - no matter who operates the service! If you want to travel on a bus and then switch to a train or tram, you can with Kangaroo. For more information please visit the kangaroo website:

Bus service alterations

Two Saturday night services operated from Mansfield by Stagecoach are to be withdrawn. These are the N1 Mansfield to Kirkby which will be withdrawn as from Sept. 12th and the N28 Mansfield to Blidworth which will cease as from 5th September. The N11 to Meden Vale, N15 to New Ollerton and N23 to Langwith will continue to operate to the existing timetable.

There may be delays to bus services, which go through the centre of Hucknall due to ongoing roadworks, which are expected to last into October. Services affected include trent barton 141 and ‘the threes’.