Christmas at Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre

Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre (NTHC) is inviting you to ‘Christmas in Ruddington 2022’  from 10am to 4pm each Saturday and Sunday between December 3rd & 18th.   Unfortunately Nottingham Heritage Railway still can’t offer its usual ‘Santa Special’ train rides this year. However, you’ll find a ‘Winter Wonderland’ instead, and Father Christmas waiting in his grotto at the end (top) with a present for all the kids. You can get tickets for this event from The Heritage Cafe – in person or by sending a text to Karen on 07450 285 202 and you’ll get a call…

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Getting Festive at Ruddington Christmas Market

The team behind Ruddington’s popular monthly market is ready to pull out all the festive stops next Saturday, as ‘Ruddington Village Christmas Market’ returns for 2022. Organised by the Ruddington Village Community Partnership (RVCP), this year’s Christmas market is set to be an even bigger event after the wet and windy market of 2021; with over 100 indoor and outdoor stalls of food, drink and gifts, two covered pop-up bars and stages of live music, and children’s activities. In a change to the format from last year, the Christmas market…

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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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Yet Another Gas Leak Causes Delays

Drivers in and out of Ruddington have again found themselves stuck in queues due to further roadworks which have sprung up unexpectedly today on Clifton Lane. It’s after another gas escape was detected on the bridge over Fairham Brook. Workers from Cadent are back onsite today (10th October) – attempting to trace and repair this latest leak – just a month since the last one. Again 24-hour temporary traffic lights are in use whilst the road is dug up. A notification from Via East Midlands has revealed these works are expected to…

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Another Gas Leak Causes Travel Delays

Drivers in and out of Ruddington are finding themselves stuck in further queues this week due to new roadworks which appeared unexpectedly on Clifton Lane. It’s after a gas escape was detected on the bridge over Fairham Brook on Sunday (4th September). Workers from Cadent have been there since – attempting to trace and repair the leak – with 24-hour temporary traffic lights in use now the road has been dug up. Today, a notification from Via East Midlands has revealed these works are expected to remain in place until this…

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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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Blue Buses to Go Green!

Ruddington’s main bus operator has announced that its entire fleet of single decker buses will be fully electrified from next year. This includes replacing the three diesel-powered Navy 3 branded Optare Solo buses which Nottingham City Transport uses for its Nottingham to Clifton route via Ruddington. The city is to receive £15 million of Government funding towards the cost of 78 brand new buses in total, plus the additional required electric charging infrastructure. All NCT’s existing single decker fleet – serving 18 bus routes across the Greater Nottingham area – will then be replaced, starting…

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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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