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Leather seats and reasonable prices
Member Name: jennikitten
Advantages: First class style
Disadvantages: They aren't everywhere in the country
Trent Barton is one of my local bus companies, and probably the best-known company in Nottingham, I would say. They operate a range of bus services both within Nottingham and as far out as Derby, and a lot of bus services could learn a thing or two from them!
One of the most well-known set of buses are the 'Rainbow' buses. Each is a different colour on the outside, and they follow common routes from the outskirts of Nottingham to the city centre and back. There used to be five of them, but the Rainbow 5 has now been renamed 'indigo' for some reason, which I'll cover in a minute. The Rainbow buses and the indigo cost £1.60 for a single journey within a certain (wide) area of Nottingham, double that for a return, or you can buy a Kangaroo ticket and 'hop' on and off all day. These tickets are also valid on Nottingham city council buses, which is incredibly handy for people like me who live between two routes.
They also have a range of other tickets such as Mango monthly passes, and the 'Frio', where you buy 13 journeys for the price of 10 (particularly useful to share with someone else in your household as your ticket just gets punched every time and no name is required).
The indigo bus goes from Beeston past the university, through Lenton and into town. It's very popular with students and runs every six or seven minutes until late at night, where it becomes far less frequent but runs until 3am on weekends. This bus is worth going on just for the first class feel - it's been upgraded to have real leather seats and laminate effect wood flooring. The stops are all shown digitally, and they are also spoken by an East Midlands newsreader so you know when to get off.
Other Trent Barton buses include the red 'Trent Barton' bus, which follows a similar route into town as a couple of the rainbows, and costs the same price. There's also the 'red arrow', which is a coach-like bus for longer journeys from Derby to Nottingham and back, and is more expensive but still cheaper than the train.
The price of the buses typically goes up by 10p a year, which is quite reasonable considering the amount that the service improves each year. I think it's the sign of a good company when they completely upgrade their buses and services despite being in a recession - not only do they provide a service which people like, but they don't try and hoard money with sneaky tricks and excuses.
There are a few people that complain about Trent Barton, particularly the prices going up, but in my opinion they are very reasonable. Especially when you take into consideration some parts of the country *cough* Swindon *cough* where you pay more than that for a much poorer service that is inefficient and covers a small area.
The only complaint I have is that I could do with a Trent Barton bus going a bit closer to my house as the nearest stop is just under a ten minute walk away. However, when I was a student I found the buses amazing, and they are very useful to me now if I'm visiting friends in Beeston after work. They are also much more regular than the city council bus near my house, so I often get an indigo instead of waiting 40 minutes.
Overall, Trent Barton are everything a good bus service should be, and it's not surprising they are so well used.
Summary: An almost faultless bus service
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