Saturday 24 February 2024
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141 bus service to continue after Nottinghamshire County Council support

The 141 bus service will continue to serve residents in Bestwood, Hucknall, Mansfield and Ashfield after county council support.

The council began subsidising the service in September 2022 and appointed Stagecoach as the new operator after trentbarton announced they could no longer operate the service.

Since the council’s support for the service began, passenger numbers have increased.

The county council has worked closely with Stagecoach to introduce a new operating model for the 141 which will see the cost of the subsidy for the council taxpayer decrease over time as the operator implements new ideas to improve, develop and market the service.

The route and the timetable of the 141 will remain the same, meaning local residents along the route will continue to benefit from regular service.

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Councillor Neil Clarke MBE, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Nottinghamshire County Council, said:

“We are delighted that the 141 service will continue thanks to the support of Nottinghamshire County Council and this is great news for residents and passengers in areas including Hucknall, Mansfield, Ashfield, Ravenshead, Blidworth and Rainworth to name but a few.

“This is an essential route for local people to get to work, go to the shops, visit family, attend medical appointments and to travel for leisure.

“I am really pleased that there has been an increase in passengers travelling on the service since the council began supporting the service because it shows we were right to do so, and how important the service is for all the communities along its route. We hope passenger numbers will continue to grow, making the future of the service even more secure.

“We have been working very hard with Stagecoach to ensure the future of the 141 and we are committed to keeping this service running to serve Nottinghamshire residents.

“Investing in bus services and infrastructure to make journeys more attractive, comfortable, safe, and accessible to all is a key priority for us and we encourage everyone to support their local bus service whenever they possibly can.

“It is also fantastic news for Nottinghamshire that the Government’s £2 bus fare cap has been extended until 31 October and with the summer holidays in full swing, it is a great time to get around for less and explore Nottinghamshire.”

Dave Skepper, Interim Managing Director for Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “Stagecoach is delighted to partner Nottinghamshire County Council to deliver service 141 between Sutton, Mansfield, and Nottingham.

“Bus services provide essential connections for people to reach employment, education, healthcare, and retail services. Our great team of regular drivers assigned to Service 141 are proud to serve our local communities in the Mansfield area.”

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