trentbarton’s red arrow coach service between Derby and Nottingham celebrated its 21st birthday with balloons, birthday breakfasts and special birthday beer for passengers at Derby Bus Station and Nottingham’s Victoria station. The flagship service now runs every ten minutes at peak times between the two city centres. Over a million passengers ride on red arrow each year. Last year, the route received a £3m boost with nine new Plaxton Elite Volvos offering free 4G Wi-Fi and tables at every seat. The coaches also features USB charging points, bike storage for cyclists, extra wide reclining leather seats and additional leg room. These new vehicles are the latest in the service’s five generations of coaches, which has included: Barton DAFs (1995-1996); Plaxton bodied Volvo B10s (1996-2004); Irizar Inter-Centurys (2004-2015) and Irizar i4s (2010-2015). In 2015 there were almost 1.5m red arrow passenger journeys, including the Derby to Chesterfield comet link, a 200,000 increase on 2013.
Marketing and Communications Manager at trentbarton, Jordan Kemp, said, ‘Looking back at red arrow’s history, it is fascinating to see how fresh the vision was and how innovative red arrow has been and continues to be. The service was a major breakthrough, one that has inspired other cities’ transport operators and helped both Nottingham and Derby to develop as places to work, study and play. I’ve no doubt red arrow’s future will be as exciting and pioneering.’