Commercially run service 66, operated by Hulleys of Baslow between Buxton and Baslow Nether End, is being withdrawn from tomorrow (Saturday 2 November 2019) because of low passenger numbers.
Currently service 66 runs 4 journeys a day towards Buxton and 5 towards Baslow. Latest figures for September show that only 772 journeys were made that month – mostly return trips by the same passengers.
This is the equivalent of around 193 journeys a week or around 25 journeys per day.
We have now worked with the operator to make changes to other services it runs in nearby areas which means most journeys can still be made.
Councillor Simon Spencer, our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:
“We know that getting out and about is a top priority for people in keeping their independence. I asked our public transport team to look at the issues related to the potential withdrawal of this service and what the implications would be if it were to stop.
“It is a slightly altered service but it still means people will be able to get a regular daily service between Calver Slough and Baslow Nether End, as well as links to Chesterfield and onward connections to Chesterfield Royal Hospital, in Calow. On Mondays to Fridays early morning and evening journeys will run which will benefit commuters and college students.”
Service 275, currently subsidised by us, will be re-routed to run via Baslow Nether End, meaning passengers will now be able to connect with Hulleys services 170 and X70 to Chesterfield where there are 14 round trips per day Monday to Saturday.
Service 277 will start at Litton and take in Tideswell, Foolow, Eyam, Stoney Middleton and Calver and run to Baslow Nether End where it will connect with services 170 and X70 for journeys to Chesterfield.
Councillor Spencer added:
“We will continue to work closely with Hulleys and local district and parish councillors who raised concerns about the potential loss of the service to ensure they are well-used and potentially sustainable in the future.”
Hulleys Operations Manager Alf Crofts, said:
“We are pleased to have found a solution and hope that the local community make good use of the revised services provided for them.”
Read more about Derbyshire bus times and Hulleys timetables.