ON THE BUSES
My Father was employed by Trent Motor Traction as a conductor in the early days, first at Nottingham then in the Mansfield Depot. This would be in the mid thirties until he was called up during WW11 when he went into The RAF. He related many of his experiences of that time that I have never forgot.
At the Nottingham Depot all drivers and conductors reported for duty at 6am and were subjected to an army type of inspection, if you failed for the slightest thing you were sent home and had to return to the afternoon shift.
The Company published rules and expectations the drivers and conductors were expected to adhere to otherwise you were suspended without pay for minor infringements. My Father was suspended for two days —- one rule was the conductor alighted first to assist passengers on and off the bus. At The Nags Head at Kirkby my father did not comply as the bus was a Special Bus from the Newstead and Annesley Coal mines after their shift was over. His excuse and explanation was he didn’t consider it necessary to offer assistance to the miners, most of whom were big muscular men not ladies who really needed help, especially if they had been shopping or had children with them. This made no difference, the inspectors were always strict and the staff on the buses were always cautious not to break the rules
When bus services started there was really no timetables as such. However later they had to produce times of departure and arrival at their destination only as the bigger companies often forced minor competition off the road. There was a restriction that no two companies could leave until minutes after the other, there was no requirement to produce times at other villages etc on route. Many of the small companies went under or were pushed off the road, it was like a ‘Little Bus War.’ However NAYLORS who ran a service on the same Route to Alfreton from Mansfield found an answer that meant they survived. They left Mansfield at the specified time but at Portland Square in Sutton, sat and waited for the Trent Bus, they then set off at speed arriving on time at Alfreton with passengers who were loyal, and those expecting A TRENT BUS! Trent eventually took them over many, many, years later probably in the late fifties or early seventies