Premiere have finally got up the nose of Wellglade through competing with them on the Nottingham-Cotgrave route as Wellglade are launching a bargainbus on the route - its not your typical route for a bus war as Cotgrave is a rural mining village set on the fringe of the Vale of Belvoir and the route spends a fair time passing fields.
It wasn't so long ago the the X9 route was given up by Arriva (it was their 99). Back then it was an hourly Mon-Sat daytime service with I think a limited evening tendered service. Since taking it over Premiere have doubled the Mon-Sat daytime frequency to half hourly and added evening and Sunday daytime services
But from Wellglade's perspective just adding extra buses were Premiere choose to compete with TrentBarton doesn't seem to be working, so they obviously must feel then they need to attack Premiere elsewhere, on a route I guess they are very proud of how they have developed
Just have to hope though that when this bus war is over the Nottingham-Loughborough 'fast' corridor doesn't loose out. It would be a shame if events it Cotgrave and Stapleford meant the X9 route ends up with a lower service than now. That certainly would give added weight to those supporting quality contracts
Last Edit: Oct 22, 2010 10:13:15 GMT 1 by humberside
Latest is that a NCT vehicle has been seen seemingly surveying space at bus stops in Long Eaton which implies that NCT are possibly looking at getting involved in the battle (they presently do not operate there)
Getting even dafter.. Yourbus (Dunn / Diamond) have registered a Nottm-Newark service in competition with the Pathfinder (NCT) Nottm-Southwell service. A bit like someone registering a Leeds-Thirsk service to compete with the 36 to Ripon.
The Newark to Nottingham is in direct competition with marshalls of Sutton on Trent 90 service.
If that is the case why have they numbered it Y100 (the route number of the Nottingham-Southwell service) rather than Y90. This has been posted on another group and was questioned there as not appearing to match what information we have about this registration. You would suspect that Marshalls would be a harder operator to compete with, a high quality local independent tends to engender a great deal of customer loyalty that it is hard to overcome for a lower-quality interloper.