Following detailed discussions with the operator High Peak Buses, the Transpeak service will be subsidised for up to 6 months to give the route time to recover and improve passenger numbers.
Our Cabinet Member for Highways, Assets and Transport, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, said:
“Nationally bus-use levels remain down on pre-pandemic levels and Derbyshire is no exception. The Transpeak route is an important one, connecting Derby and Buxton and without it several communities would be left with a much-reduced service.
“We’ve had detailed and ongoing discussions with the operator and are pleased to give them the opportunity for passenger numbers to further improve. We want to ensure that bus users in the area can continue to rely on the service and have access to work and school.
“I want to take this opportunity to encourage residents across Derbyshire to get back to using buses across the county. Our local operators have been working hard to keep buses clean and safe throughout the pandemic and are keen to encourage passengers both old and new to make more use of the counties’ bus services.”