Thursday, 27 July 2023

Funding For Derbyshire Bus Service To Extend to Chesterfield Railway Station

Chesterfield’s 170/A bus service between Chesterfield and Bakewell has been extended to call at Chesterfield Railway station. 
In a partnership with Cross Country, East Midlands Railway and Derbyshire County Council, it is the first time that a service will link rail passengers with Bakewell and the Derbyshire Peak District.

L-R: Donna Adams (EMR), Garry Carr (EMR), Elizabeth Woodward (Derbyshire County Council), Lee Rowley MP for North East Derbyshire, Cllr Hobson (Derbyshire County Council), Ben Simkin (CrossCountry).
Credit: iD8 Photography/ Mark Harvey

Derbyshire's £47M bus Improvement bus service improvement funding has contributed to the extension of the service and is supported by the efforts of Lee Rowley, MP for North Derbyshire.

Passengers with Cross Country and EMR valid rail tickets are being offered a 25% discount on bus fares which will hopefully encourage more leisure travellers to use the service to explore the Peak District.

Ben Simkin, regional director at CrossCountry, said: “Working together with DCC, EMR and other organisations, we’re pleased we’ve been able to bring the new, extended bus service to Chesterfield station – improving public transport connectivity on one of our key routes.

“The new bus link – which will run seven days a week, all year round – allows us to help both local people and visitors on their journeys to the Peak District National Park in a smooth and sustainable way, directly from the national rail network.”

Neil Grabham, customer services director at EMR, concluded: “We are pleased to work together with our local partners to help our customers better access the beauty of the Peak District in an environmentally friendly way.”

“The new bus links introduction has been perfectly timed for the start of the busy summer holiday period – providing a great option for families who want to explore the national park.”

Coun Charlotte Cupit, DCC’s cabinet member for highways assets and transport, said: “It's great to see improvements to our public transport network that allow passengers to easily visit new places and enjoy everything that Derbyshire has to offer.

“The Peak District is a major tourist destination so making it simpler for visitors and locals to reach it in time for summer is fantastic. Sustainable and connected transport options are a main priority for us, and it's a pleasure to be able to fund projects to this end.”

Lee Rowley, MP for North East Derbyshire, said: “The news that the 170/A bus service from Chesterfield to Bakewell is fantastic news for our region. We all want to see better connectivity across our county and this extension helps to link those local bus services with the national rail services in Chesterfield.

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