Ilkeston’s high flyer

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L-R Maggie Throup MP, Trent Barton’s Jeff Counsell and Erewash Mayor Abey Stevenson

The popular Trent Barton Ilkeston Flyer route linking Ilkeston, Cotmanhay and Derby has increased its fleet size from four to six vehicles, thanks to a £150,000 upgrade.

As of Sunday, March 26, the new service will now run every 15 minutes instead of 20, and boasts an upgraded new look. The buses will offer passengers free WiFi and USB charging points. While scrolling through social media, passengers will be sat on upgraded comfy seats and treated to the option of cooling air-conditioning.

Trent Barton’s Managing Director, Jeff Counsell, said: “The Ilkeston Flyer has been an important link for local people for many years, whether travelling to work or play in Derby and beyond.

“The first weekday service will now pick up in Cotmanhay before 0600hrs and the last buses on Friday and Saturday nights will now leave Derby after 0300hrs. That means even more local people will find Ilkeston Flyer the ideal way to get to work or home.

“By increasing its frequency to every 15 minutes and packing the buses with hi-tech creature comforts we’re giving customers a new level of experience.”