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Red Arrow - Nottingham to Derby and Chesterfield.
Member Name: birdcharlotte
Advantages: Leather seating, Air conditioning, Free wifi, lovely drivers
Disadvantages: Catching the bus 5 days a week is pricey but it is also the cheapest way to get to Derby
I live in Nottingham and started working in Derby a few months ago, so I have to catch the bus daily between the two cities. When comparing prices on trains, coaches etc, I came across the Red Arrow.
The Red Arrow is run by Trent Barton buses and runs directly between Nottingham and Derby city centres. There are no stops inbetween and the bus takes the quickest route possible. This is great as it only takes around 40 minutes to get there. I usually catch the 8.05am bus into Derby and arrive for 8.45, which is great considering it is peak time aswell!
The buses themselves have leather seating, whic is amazingly comfortable and really makes a difference compared to other buses. Also, as it is quite a long trip, this makes the trip more enjoyable, as I would not enjoy sitting in your standard bus seat for 40 minutes. The seats also give you more privacy, which I don't really need but I hate it when people stare at me on the bus.
Furthermore, the buses have air conditioning and you can mess around with the vent so that it is directly on your face or pointing in another direction. You can also close the vent so that the air does not touch you at all.
Making the service even better, the bus has free wifi. This is great when I have my ipod with me because I can connect to the internet and listen to music on Youtube :)
As I catch the bus before 9am and after 5pm, I have to pay peak time prices. A return to Derby during peak time is £5.70, a little steep but the cheapest way to get to Derby from Nottingham. I'm not sure how much fares are out of peak times.
I catch the bus 5 days a week, so to pay for a return everyday would cost me a little under £30 a week. You can buy a weekly ticket from the driver, which lasts for 7 consecutive days. This costs £23, which is a great saving to me. Plus, if I need to rush into work on the weekends, I don't have to pay out anything extra.
Trent Barton also have a Mango card saver scheme, where you top up your card online and receive 25% off a single fare. However, this does not work out cheaper than the weekly ticket option on the Red Arrow.
The drivers on the service are amazing! Each and every one is extremely polite and always greets you with a smile and thanks you when you get off the bus. If someone who is in a wheelchair wants to get on the bus, the driver will get off the bus to open a door which gives access to a wheelchair lift, and will aid the customer onto the bus.
The bus runs every 10 minutes, monday to saturday, during the day. I believe that it runs either every 30 or 60 minutes on Sundays.
Overall, I cannot fault Trent Barton on their Red Arrow service. I have only ever received the highest standard of service from them and am happy to catch this bus everyday.
Summary: A great service that I cannot fault
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