1 & 2. The drivers' canteen is above the waiting room. There is a bus enquiry point and a Skills office selling
coach holidays, day trips and tickets for National Express. The bus station toilets are free to use but with limited opening times. The cafe,
boarded up for several years, has recently reopened with tablecloths!
OK so it's got another year or so to last. No doubt there will be further tributes but I thought I would get in my two penny worth now.
Many people say good riddance to this scuffy bus station that seems to attract the worst behaviour in some people. I say that at least it is spacious
and could be vastly improved at a fraction of the cost of building a new one. Having noted how Nottingham Victoria and Newark bus stations
greatly contracted in size when renewed, I have fears that economic restraints will cause the same to happen at Mansfield. The fact that to the
best of my knowledge there has never been a public clock perhaps sums up the attitude of whoever runs it. Hopefully, great thought has gone into
the new facility at the planning stage.
Construction has started on the new bus station so the days are numbered for the current one, opened in 1977. There are over 60 daytime bus
departures per hour, not counting the free Tesco and Bingo buses, and National Express and holiday coaches.
Timetable provision has been improved and a small enclosed waiting room was added around ten years ago. There are 15 loading bays and room
for around 12 buses to park when off service.
Commercial services are run by Stagecoach in Mansfield (with a depot in the town) and trent barton. Most tendered routes are run by
Doyles of Alfreton, with one provided by Yourbus. Stagecoach and trent barton also provide a few tendered journeys.
School buses are provided mainly by Stagecoach, McEwans, Doyles and Redfern's who also provide the shuttle bus and other runs on contract to
West Notts College situated on the edge of the town. McEwans have the contract for a 7 days a week shuttle between Walker's Bingo and the bus station.
TM Travel run a free shuttle in the middle of the day between the bus station and Tesco's on Chesterfield Road.
The population of the Mansfield district is around 100 000. Most local buses have a daytime headway of 15 minutes, though Mansfield Miller
(Woodhouse - Mansfield - Sutton - Huthwaite) runs every 10 minutes. There are daytime buses (number per hour in brackets) to Sutton-in-Ashfield (14);
Nottingham (9); Kirkby-in-Ashfield (6); Derby (5); Hucknall (5); Warsop (5); Ripley (5); Alfreton (4); Shirebrook (4); Edwinstowe (3);
Chesterfield (2); Ollerton (2); Southwell and Newark (1); Worksop (1);
Eastwood, Heanor and Ilkeston (1); Bolsover, Clowne, Eckington and Sheffield (1 every 2 hours). Mansfield bus timetables may
be linked to from the Nottinghamshire County Council website
In recent years, few places around Mansfield have lost their bus service. However, it is worrying to read on the Mansfield page of the Stagecoach bus
website that severe cuts are being made to evening services from April 1st 2012. Two large estates (Ladybrook and Oak Tree) are to be left without any
evening services. This is taken from the website:
From the start of the new financial year the Department of Transport is applying a 20% cut in the tax rebate known as Bus Service Operators
Grant, effectively adding 39p to the cost of every gallon of diesel we buy.
We have been working hard to reduce our fuel consumption and maximise our efficiency as a business. However, this fuel cost increase will
inevitably mean that we have to raise fares and withdraw some bus journeys where there are few people travelling. High mileage routes are
Bus services in Mansfield are operated within a Quality Bus Partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council and consequently we have
discussed the amendments to timetables and withdrawals with council officers.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience to customers caused by the forthcoming April changes. It is always the last resort for
Stagecoach East Midlands to reduce or withdraw any bus service but we are unable to sustain routes or timetables that become
This is bad news indeed for regular bus travellers.
In addition to the bus network, there are several National Express coach routes through the town, and the Robin Hood railway line, connecting Mansfield
with Nottingham and Worksop.
All the photographs and the video below were taken by me on Saturday 17 March 2012, except those of Redfern's college buses and a couple of other photographs which were taken at
tea time on Friday 16 March 2012.
I do not claim to be an expert on bus numbers, body types or the history of particular vehicles so if I have made any mistakes I apologise
in advance and I am sure you will put me right! Enjoy.