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Nottingham Community Transport

ABOUT NOTTINGHAM COMMUNITY TRANSPORT

Nottingham Community Transport are a small company based in Sherwood, Nottingham.

As a registered charity and limited company we are in an ideal position to fulfil the needs of tendered services both within the city and the county. Operating scheduled bus services for both councils as well as the Easylink service for the City, we have an expanding fleet which now includes the latest technology in the shape of electric vehicles.

For those who are needing to hire a vehicle, then please look at our Group Travel offering which enables certain groups to hire a vehicle at a reduced rate.


OUR HISTORY

Nottingham Community Transport

1979 Formed as Nottingham Voluntary Transport with 2 wheelchair accessible and 2 standard minibuses. This was based in the car park of Sherwood Community Centre.
1982 The concept of Dial A Ride was introduced with another 2 vehicles.
1986 The company moved to the Trent depot at Manver Street due to fuel thefts at the Sherwood Community Centre.
1988 Nottingham Community Transport became a limited company and registered charity
1989 The company then moved to Medway Street at Lenton where it shared the Social Services depot.
1988-2003 Fleet was increased and renewed. Funding was obtained from the lottery and other sources to replace the Dial A Ride Fleet
1992 The company moved to a unit in Hooton Street.
1998 The company moved to its present location at Sherwood Garage
1999 The company operated a full size Bova Futura coach for a year under the Handicruiser brand
2003 Introduction of the first Locallink service under the Mybus brand. Route 801 was Mapperley to Sherwood and this route still operates today as the L8
2004 Up until the tram started in this year, the company operated a wheelchair accessible Park and Ride from the Forest Ground into the City Centre
2005 More Locallink services were introduced (L1, L2, L5 and L6) and the Mybus branding was dropped in favour of Locallink
2008 Route L7 was added to the Locallink network
2008 Funding was granted from Age Concern to purchase a Group Hire vehicle
2013
  • Following the collapse of Premiere Travel service L64 was transferred to Nottingham Community Transport.
  • L33 service was taken over from Nottingham City Transport.
  • Queens Drive Compound was opened to accommodate the growing fleet of electric buses
  • Electric Optaire Solo buses were added to the fleet and were introduced on to a number of routes.
2014
  • Group Travel vehicles were upgraded
  • Medilink services were transferred to Nottingham Community Transport from NHS Trust and electric Optaire Versa buses were introduced
  • The 74, 705 service introduced in Netherfield/Burton Joyce- our first contract for Nottingham County Council.
  • Clifton Shuttle, introduced for the Tramworks in Clifton (service was due to last only 3 months but continued for 18 months).
  • Eventlink introduced on behalf of NET, transferring customers from Tram stop in City to Victoria Embankment.
  • Further electrical buses added to fleet to become Europe’s largest operator of electric buses.
2015
  • All services ‘Real Time’
  • 20th year of Sherwood Depot closure
  • Launch of Robin Hood Card
  • Gold award winner in the UK Bus Awards- Environment, alongside Nottingham City Council
  • Service L2 replaced with L22/L23, giving the customer a greater choice in the West Bridgeford area.
  • New Services L3, L4, L9, L12, W1, W2, L73 introduced and 705 to Burton Joyce rebranded to L75.
  • Largest increase in the recruitment of drivers following awards of new services.
  • Nottingham Community Transport join the Kangaroo/Plusbus schemes.
  • New Init ticket machines allowing Real Time functionalities introduced.
  • Dial-A-Ride rebranded as Easylink with new vehicles, booking system and many barriers removed.
2016
  • Showbus/Centrelink/Citylink
  • Further improvements to Medilink service, with more buses early morning and evening.
  • UK Bus awards- Finalists in the category ‘Putting Passengers First’ for Easylink service.
  • £1.00 Robin Hood fares on Nottingham Community Transport
  • As part of the partnership between Nottingham Community Transport, Nottingham City Council and University of Nottingham service L12 becomes a free for all students.
  • MP Lilian Greenwood visited Sherwood Depot to have a look at the Easylink Service
  • Improvements to L1 Service for local schools and residents of Wilford and Silverdale.
  • 13 New BYD Buses delivered as part of the contract for operating Centrelink and Ecolink