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Free bus journeys on 6 Sunday mornings this summer

Published: 5 July 2023

Local residents and visitors to Derbyshire are being offered free bus rides on 6 summer Sunday mornings giving people an opportunity to enjoy the sights and attractions of the county.

Most bus operators across the county are taking part in our scheme, with free bus journeys being offered from the first service each Sunday from 23 July 2023 to 27 August 2023 up until midday.

Our Cabinet Member for Highways Assets and Transport, Councillor Charlotte Cupit said:

“We’re delighted to be able to offer free bus travel for all on 6 summer Sunday mornings.

“We hope that many residents and visitors will take the opportunity to give the bus a try and go and visit all that Derbyshire has to offer.

“With so many wonderful attractions and great countryside there are plenty of opportunities to have a brilliant morning out.

“This is just one of the many things we’re doing in Derbyshire to make sure our bus services are the best they can be. It forms part of our wider Bus Service Improvement Plan which has already seen an extra 17 bus route boosts – please give the bus a go.”

The operators taking part are:

  • Trent Barton - night buses are excluded
  • Stagecoach Yorkshire, Stagecoach East Midlands and Stagecoach Manchester
  • High Peak – except services 58 and 199
  • Hulleys – except the Breezer service
  • TM Travel
  • Diamond Bus East Midlands - Midland Classic
  • First South Yorkshire

Roads Minister Richard Holden said:

“People up and down the country deserve a modern, reliable, and affordable public transport system. That is why we have provided Derbyshire County Council with £47 million to boost its bus services.

“Supporting local bus operators with providing free services on 6 Sunday mornings this summer is great for local residents, who will now be able to get around for less and make the most of the fantastic days out Derbyshire has to offer.”

The free Sunday morning scheme will run for 6 Sundays starting 23 July 2023 until 27 August 2023. The offer includes the first bus to run on a Sunday morning up until those that are due to depart at 11.59am. Free buses will only be those that start and end in Derbyshire. Buses that start their journeys in Derby are not included. Passengers that start their journeys in Derby cannot take advantage of the free fare offer.

The free fares are being paid for from the £47 million that the government awarded us to improve bus travel in Derbyshire.