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 were increased across the Linkbus network to be comparable with the city’s commercial operators.

This meant a rise in the cost of single and day tickets, including park and ride services. Robin Hood card holders continue to receive a discount on the cash price, and concessionary fares are still 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 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The section of route between Beechdale, Amersham Rise, Rosslyn Drive, Amesbury Circus and Dulverton Vale is being withdrawn on the basis of very low use over that section.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 route and timetable between Bulwell and Beeston will be unchanged, but the service will no longer run between Bulwell and Arnold.
Those journeys that operate between Top Valley and Christ the King School will continue to operate.

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, which operated largely in the county, were proposed for withdrawal. However on 29 April operator CT4N took over the running of the renamed 22 and 23 on a commercial basis, running the same route and timetable.

W1 CITY – LENTON LANE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
The route and timetable 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