Nottingham City Transport is announcing that it is postponing its forthcoming fare rises, as well as confirming service levels for the next couple of weeks, in light of the coronavirus.
NCT is postponing the rise in fares that should have taken effect from 29th March 2020. All on bus, Easyrider, Robin Hood and NCTX Buses app prices will remain unchanged until further notice.
As employee availability reduces due to COVID-19, NCT is no longer able to continue running a full timetable. The number of people travelling has also reduced as people follow government advice and avoid non-essential use of public transport.
We recognise however that some people still need to travel and customers and employers need certainty from NCT on what services can realistically be provided.
Week Commencing Sunday 22nd March 2020
NCT will operate a full timetable on all days except university services 4 and 31 which are suspended until further notice because of the closure of universities. The 34 to University Park will operate to its holiday timetable.
School services A1 and A2 and other schoolday variations will also not operate.
From Sunday 29th March 2020
A normal Sunday timetable will operate on Sundays.
NCT will operate a Saturday timetable on all routes on Mondays to Saturdays, with the exception of Navy 49 which will operate a normal weekday timetable.
There will be no NightBus services on any night of the week, which reflects a significant drop in evening usage as people are advised by the government not to attend social gatherings and pubs.
The planned timetable changes on Blue 40, 41, 42 and Yellow Lines 70, 71 will still take effect from Sunday 29th March, with NCT serving Norwich Gardens, Winwood Heights and Edwards Lane Estate.
From Sunday 5th April 2020 Onwards
NCT will review staff availability on a regular basis and will publicly announce each Friday lunchtime the level of service it can operate for the next working week, i.e. from a week on Monday after the announcement.
Announcing the changes, David Astill, NCT Commercial and Operations Director said, “In these difficult times, we’d like to publicly thank our employees for their dedication in enabling services to continue running and providing transport for the many people who still need to travel. By confirming the level of service we can deliver on a weekly basis, we are able to respond to our own employee availability and give confidence to customers of the service they can expect”.