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Notts may be untied

30th August 1980, Page 19
30th August 1980
Page 19
Page 19, 30th August 1980 — Notts may be untied
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FOLLOWING requests from local parish councils, East Midlands independent South Notts Bus Company has applied to the local Traffic Commissioners to divert its Loughborough to Nottingham service.

It plans to provide two evenings a week coverage to villages.

Trent, a subsidiary of National Bus, which dropped the service when demand fell, has abandoned plans to object to the proposal. The South Notts fare scale is considerably lower than Trent's, and passengers on the two evenings will be able to travel for a much reduced fare.

South Notts' fare scale cannot be changed for this section of routes as this would be unfair to its existing customers and confusing for its conductors. The South Notts stage carriage service is run by crewoperated double-deckers and receives no revenue support other than fuel rebate. The Trent network extends to many less-viable rural routes and the company says it can't support those services and hope to compete with the independent's fare, but conceded that it "hasn't really got a case" against South Notts application.


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