This weekend trent barton start a new skylink service from Nottingham through Long Eaton to EMA and Loughborough. It will run every 30 minutes and was conceived as a replacement for NCT''s skylink. The new tb service is more indirect and slower but it will compete head on with Premier's Red 5 between Nottingham and Long Eaton.
In the meantime Premier are launching Red Flyer which will run hourly to East Midlands Airport, following the old NCT route to the south of the city through Clifton.
On 1st April the new High Peak bus company will take over 186/187 (Buxton local service), 199 Skylink Buxton - MCR airport and Transpeak Nottingham - Manchester. There will be small changes to most time tables, I understand that High Peak's livery will be orange & blue and that both former Bowers and tb buses will be based at tb's Dove Holes garage.
Finally Arriva owned Wardles are starting a new service X50 Derby - Uttoxeter - Stoke on Trent service see:-
co.uk/A50-bus-route-links- Derby-Potteries/story- 15567564-detail/story.html
With the above posting we welcome Richard back to this website. He has spent the last four months seriously ill in hospital and the fact that he has felt well enough to be able to send this information from his hospital bed gives us hope that he will soon be well enough to be discharged from hospital and return home. We wish him well.