Nottingham has a variety of bus picking up points. The Victoria Centre and The Broadmarsh Centre are probably the most obvious.
Friar Lane is not so obvious but it does have a surprising range of services that terminate or simply call there.
Then there are the services that pass on their way to their own termini on Beastmarket Hill.
First up must be the service that is the newest which only officially started yesterday.
That is ‘trentbarton’s (tb) ‘sawley xprss’. The name says it all really.
I was a little disappointed that ‘tb’ have chosen to use fleet liveried vehicles on the service.
I rather thought that with (tb)’s flair for publicity that they might have been a bit more adventurous and had some form of route branding.
An Optare Solo.
So what else was on view?
A Volvo B7RLE/Wright on the ‘Indigo’.
A Volvo B10B/ Northern Counties driver trainer.
An Optare Solo on the ‘Radcliffe line’
An Optare Tempo 2 on the i4.
An Optare Tempo 1 working the ‘bingham xprss’
A Scania L94UB/Wright linking Nottingham to the East Midlands Airport.
Another Scania L94UB/Wright deputising for a route branded Solo.
A further Scania/Wright on route 18 from Stapleford.
two more (tb) vehicles were,
another Optare Tempo1 linking Nottingham with Ilkeston.
Another Scania L94UB/Wright on its way to Cotgrave.
Nottingham City Transport are represented by,
A Scania N94UD with East Lancs Coachbuilders body.
This is operating the ‘navy line’ route No.1 to Loughborough.
Another Scania, this time a 94UB with Scania’s own bodywork.
A Scania 270UD with Optare bodywork designed to look like similar East Lancs bodies in the fleet.
An now elderly Optare Solo making a positioning journey.
Another Scania/Optare combination. this one working in from Clifton.
An Optare Solo SR working in on a different route from Clifton.
Another of the short all Scania N94UB’s in a variation of the Network Maroon livery that I have not seen before.
An Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 operated by ‘Marshalls of Sutton on Trent’.
This route was at one time run by Nottingham City Transport and links not only to Newark but to Newark Northgate station. So giving Nottingham’s citizens a direct link with the East Coast main railway line.