Advantages Excellent drivers on the whole, new buses, value for money ticketing
Disadvantages Litter strewn buses, AWFUL Customer Services, poor timetable availabilty
Trent Barton (by their own claim) is one of the few remaining independent bus companies left in the UK and they’ve been around in one guise or another for the best part of a century. With a fleet of over 300 buses and employing roughly 1,000 local people, they are based in Henor, Derbyshire and run routes throughout Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and as far to the north as Manchester. This leads them to the belief that they can offer a better and more personal service than their rivals. But does it work like that in practice?
As a generalisation, Trents’ buses cover the vast majority of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire but they do partake in small forays into north Leicestershire and south Yorkshire; one bus also runs to Manchester via Stockport. The bulk of their routes link estates to each other and smaller communities to each other and to the larger towns/cities but they do partake in a small amount of cross-country provision.How often buses travel along their given routes depends on where you live, the time of day, the day of the week and more importantly, what competition there is. In high density commuter areas, a Trent bus is likely to appear before your very eyes every 5 minutes or so. If you live in a smaller town with no other bus operator in competition, your service will probably be around a bus every half an hour. In a smaller town WITH another bus operator running a similar route the frequency of buses will be stepped up. The Nottingham to Manchester ‘Trans Peak’ service is timetabled to run at 2-hourly intervals.
During peak hours some routes have a more frequent service, however this isn’t necessarily the case as quite a few routes have a high density of buses running along them all day. Off peak services vary tremendously. Evening services on some routes are infrequent at best and non-existent on others apart from Friday and Saturday nights when they can cash in on the pubbers’ and clubbers’…
Trent has a mind-boggling range of fares available and you really have to be clued-in to know which will offer you the best value. There is also no real consistency in cost/distance so it’s hard to get on a different route for the first time and have a clue as to the price.Single fares offer the poorest value for money, but are not charged at a uniform rate regarding distance unless you travel within Nottingham’s City boundary, where there is a flat rate £1 fare. A single fare to Hucknall from Nottingham, a distance of around 8 miles – costs £1.25 currently. A trip to Bingham from Nottingham, a trip of comparable duration/distance costs less than a Pound. The explanation I have been given is that certain routes suffer more congestion, which in turn makes buses more expensive to run. Fair enough but all it does is lead to confusion for the passenger.
A TWO-TRIP ticket is one of two names given to a return fare. These are the only return tickets sold during peak travel hours, or you’ll need one for when you plan to make the reverse journey at peak time regardless of when you started out.
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