Austerity isn’t over for Nottingham, with Government cuts seeing the City Council’s main grant reduced from £127m in 2013 to £25m, leaving the council needing to find savings of £22m in 2019/20.

To help the council achieve these savings while protecting services such as adult social care and children’s services, on 4 March councillors agreed savings of £861,000 through a review of the Locallink services.

Specific proposals for each service are outlined below. These changes are likely to take effect from 23 June, and will ensure the council is able to continue to provide services where they are most needed.

In addition, from 31 March 2019, fares will be increased across the Linkbus network to be comparable with the city’s commercial operators.

This will mean a rise in the cost of single and day tickets, including park and ride services. Robin Hood card holders will continue to receive a discount on the cash price. Concessionary fares will still be available.

Proposed changes

L1 – CITY – WILFORD VILLAGE – SILVERDALE
Remain hourly frequency on the same route, with one lunchtime journey removed. Two school trips will continue unaffected.

L2 – CITY – QMC – GLAISDALE – NOTTINGHAM BUSINESS PARK – MORNINGTON CRESCENT
Maintain frequency every 30-40 minutes. Some daytime journeys will divert through the current L3 route between Burnside Drive and Crown Island (most journeys will still go via A609 and Russell Drive)

L3
Withdraw. Replace by an amended L4 route and some diverted L2 journeys

L4 CITY – RADFORD – AINSLEY ESTATE – BEECHDALE ESTATE – GLAISDALE – MELBURY ROAD – CRANWELL ROAD – CALVERTON DRIVE – STRELLEY ASDA
Hourly service that follows the L4 route as far as Beechdale Estate, then follows the current L3 route between Beechdale Estate and Strelley Asda.
The section of route between Beechdale, Amersham Rise, Rosslyn Drive, Amesbury Circus and Dulverton Vale is being withdrawn on the basis of very low use over that section. The L11 will continue to service the Denewood part of Beechdale Road.

L5 CITY – CASTLE MARINA – WOLLATON PARK ESTATE – CHARLBURY ROAD
The existing route will remain unchanged. Some journeys will be extended to Charlbury Road, to replace the L7 route. (Charlbury Road will lose its direct link via Ilkeston Road). The service will operate every 75 minutes, rather than every 60 minutes.
There will be six journeys in each direction, rather than the seven journeys each way that currently operate.

L6
Withdraw. This route will be be merged into L14 to form a through service.

L7
Withdraw. The Charlbury Road service will be merged into the L5 route.

L9 CITY – MAPPERLEY – SHERWOOD – EDWARDS LANE ESTATE – ARNOLD – BESTWOOD PARK (WENDLING GARDENS)
No change. Maintain hourly service.

L10
No change.

L11 BULWELL – BASFORD – BEECHDALE – BILBOROUGH – BEESTON
The section of the route between Arnold and Bulwell will be withdrawn, as most of this section is served by the NCT 79 and 79a routes.
The route and timetable between Bulwell and Beeston will be unchanged.

L14 CITY – HEATHFIELD – BULWELL – NORWICH GARDENS – BULWELL MORRISONS – BULWELL HALL (NEAR MOOR BRIDGE)
The L14 will be extended to incorporate the L6 route.
Peak hour trips between Heathfield and the city will remain half-hourly. During the day, the whole length of the service will operate hourly, rather than on the half-hourly basis of the current timetable.
Through links will be available:
– from Norwich Gardens and Sandhurst Drive to the city and the City Hospital
– from the Brooklyn Road area through to Bulwell Morrison’s
There will be no need to change buses at Bulwell Bus Station.

L22/23
These services, renamed the 22 and 23, will be run commercially by operator CT4N from 29 April 2019, when fares will be introduced.

W1 CITY – LENTON LANE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
Despite falling usage, this service will continue to operate half-hourly (or better) at peak times.
The morning timetable will be unchanged. In the evening buses will operate ten minutes later than current service.
The route will be unchanged.

W2 City – Crossgate Drive
This route is to be withdrawn, due to very low levels of use.

Have your say

If you have any comments on these changes, please let us know by emailing pt.operations@nottinghamcity.gov.uk