Ruddington’s November Roadworks

Village motorists are being warned to expect further hold-ups and disruption in the coming weeks; both as contractors carry out various highway works and festive events begin in Ruddington. First up, this Monday and Tuesday (31st October & 1st November) there will be two-way traffic lights on Loughborough Road south of the Mere Way/Yarrow Drive Roundabout as improvements are made to the footpath there. Some delays are likely. Then, the work which was scheduled to take place on High Street last week is now due to happen this week instead, after…

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Ruddington’s New ‘Green’ Buses on Schedule

Back in March we reported the announcement by Ruddington’s main bus operator that its entire fleet of 78 single decker buses will be fully electrified from 2023. This includes replacing the three diesel-powered Navy 3 branded ‘Optare Solo’ buses which Nottingham City Transport (NCT) currently uses for its Nottingham to Clifton route via Ruddington. The operator has just announced that Pelican Bus & Coach will deliver the first 12 of the fully electric buses to join the NCT fleet, which are expected to enter service in late 2023. Unfortunately, these zero-emission vehicles are not…

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Ruddington Bus Services Axed

Two circular bus routes through our village, which provide Ruddington’s only direct connection with Morrisons at Gamston, Wheatcroft Garden Centre, the Central Avenue Shops in West Bridgford and NTU’s Clifton campus, are being withdrawn permanently next month. CT4N’s Services 22 and 23 have been under threat before, because of Nottingham City Council (NCC) spending cuts three and a half years’ ago, when they were still free buses run by ‘Nottingham Community Transport’. On that occasion CT4N stepped in to operate them on a commercial basis with fares payable, and buses then continuing daytime…

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Ruddington Bus Fares Rising this Weekend

Our main village bus operator has announced today that it’s putting up all fares from this Sunday in response to what it calls “significantly increased operating costs”. Nottingham City Transport (NCT), which runs our Navy 3 and Green 10 services, is blaming fuel and staffing costs being much higher than at the start of the year. It says diesel is costing them up to 50% more with the ‘BioGas’ price almost doubled. NCT explains that its drivers’ salaries have also increased by between 8.5% and 9.5% this year, in response to the national…

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Normal Bus Services Resume

Ruddington bus passengers are welcoming the news that the services from our main village operator will revert to their previous levels later this month. Nottingham City Transport (NCT) cut back its operations on January 10th citing the rising number of Coronavirus cases and a shortage of bus drivers. However, with driver availability improving considerably, and the shortfall now less than half of the 10% NCT was experiencing, it’s announced that Friday 18th February 2022 will be the last day it needs to operate its “enhanced Saturday timetable” on weekdays. Previous Monday…

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Britmask Has it Covered

Whilst the UK’s Coronavirus vaccination programme has allowed a significant easing of restrictions since the COVID-19  pandemic hit Ruddington early in 2020, including the recent removal of temporary ‘Plan B’ rules imposed after fears about the ‘Omicron’ variant, the wish to continue keeping ourselves and others safe has made wearing face coverings in certain public places a ‘new normal’ in our everyday lives. Concerns about the environment have also led many of us to dump disposable face masks in favour of more comfortable, washable alternatives which we can use again and…

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Keep It Covered?

This Thursday sees the lifting of the government’s so-called ‘Plan B’ Coronavirus measures in England – brought in by Boris Johnson last November due to the threat of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 overwhelming our NHS. Whilst the number of cases in the UK surged again over Christmas, recent data suggests a levelling off of Coronavirus infections and a generally less severe illness from the new strain – at least for those who are vaccinated or who have had a previous COVID-19 infection and recovered from it. Therefore, from…

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COVID Causes Cuts to Our Buses Again

Ruddington’s main public transport operator is citing the rising number of Coronavirus cases and a shortage of bus drivers for its decision to reduce the number of services it will run early in the new year. Nottingham City Transport (NCT) says it will temporarily adopt its Saturday timetable on weekdays from Monday 10th January 2022 – affecting Ruddington’s Navy 3 and Green 10 buses until further notice. Additionally its NightBuses – including the NightBus N48 back to Ruddington in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings – will be suspended. Some good…

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Ruddington’s Christmas and New Year Buses

If you’re intending to catch public transport to and from our village during the festive period, this is what you’ll need to know about our local bus operators. You’ll find below the planned service changes for Ruddington passengers using Nottingham City Transport’s Navy 3* or Green 10C/10X*, Kinchbus 9, CT4N Services 22 & 23 or NottsBus Connect Service 863** over the Christmas and New Year Holidays. However, please note, with staff illness/shortages due to the Coronavirus, it is advisable to check for service updates on their social media sites or by telephoning the bus company. Nottingham…

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Mask Up For Omicron!

Businesses in Ruddington are weighing up the likely implications of new measures announced this weekend by the Prime Minister to try to stop a worrying COVID-19 variant spreading in Britain. At the time of publishing, three cases of the so-called ‘Omicron’ mutation have been identified in the UK – one of them in Nottingham – and it’s feared there could be many more infections to come. Please find an update below*. Following scientific advice, Boris Johnson has confirmed “temporary and precautionary measures” will be introduced from 4.00am this Tuesday, 30th November 2021, and then…

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