Catch 222?

24th Jan 2011

We’re really worried about possible cuts to Peak District buses, and need your views. Derbyshire County Council currently subsidises socially necessary and less well-used services in rural areas.But it is now looking at making £700,000 cuts for next year’s services -and is asking for the public's views via an online questionnaire at until Monday 31 January.

We’re not too impressed with it because it only asks about how important various types of services are – rather than about specific bus services. You can find out about proposed changes to specific services throughout the whole of Derbyshire by looking through pages 9 – 12 of its review of the supported bus network.

Derbyshire County Council is proposing to give priority to well-used services that help local people get to key services. We agree with this, but we want to see buses for Peak District visitors protecting too – especially those where there’s no alternative! We’ve looked at potential routes, and are suggesting that these three routes should be saved:

  • 222 – the Upper Derwent Shuttle
  • 260 – the Edale to Castleton Shuttle

We will also be letting Derbyshire County Council know about our concerns about how cuts will affect journeys to work and access to key places, again when there is no alternative proposed.

Have a look at the online questionnaire now - or you can request a paper copy of the questionnaire by contacting Caroline Carey on 01629 538212  or caroline.carey@derbsyshire.gov.uk.

Please let our transport campaigner Anne Robinson know what your views are about all of this.