NCT adds services as CT4N steps out

Nottingham City Transport (NCT) will be operating a new service to Silverdale and Wilford Village, from Monday 19 September 2022.

The new 3A service will operate hourly on Monday to Saturday daytimes, providing a direct link to Nottingham city centre and Clifton centre.

The 3A replaces the existing CT4N services 2, 22 and 23 that currently serve Silverdale and Wilford Village, which will finish on Friday 16 September 2022.

Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT Head of Marketing, said: “Our new 3A service provides an improved, six days a week service for the residents of Silverdale and Wilford Village, maintaining their important daytime links to the City Centre and Clifton.”

Barry Allitt, CT4N Operations Director, explained: “CT4N stepped in to save these services back in 2019, however the effects of the Covid pandemic and rising operating costs including fuel and salaries have now made these services commercially unviable for us to continue operating. I’m pleased to advise that Nottingham City Transport will be making changes to their number 3 service from Monday 19 September to maintain links to Wilford Village and Silverdale.”

The 3A will be partially funded by Nottingham City Council on a trial basis.

Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport, Cllr Audra Wynter, said: “Following a difficult few years for the bus network through the pandemic, we were pleased to work with Nottingham City Transport to secure a replacement bus service for Silverdale and Wilford Village. Service 3A will operate hourly between 8.30am and 3.30pm and will continue to provide an important link between these areas and the City, Trent Bridge and Clifton.”

The news follows NCT raising its fares in response to increased operating costs. The average fare increase is below the current 10.1% rate of inflation, at 6%, as NCT continues to absorb much of the higher costs being faced.

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