Popular Derbyshire Connect bus services extended

14 July 2017

Bus passengers can now make extra trips on Derbyshire Connect after its running times were extended.

We launched Derbyshire Connect in February to provide journeys between villages to the north, west and east of Ashbourne, up to and including the Wirksworth area.

The 15-seater service is more flexible than a conventional timetabled service as it can take passengers to and from their chosen pick up points and destinations on their preferred days and times.

Derbyshire Connect is now running for an extra hour each day, operating Mondays to Fridays between 7am and 7pm and Saturdays 8am to 7pm. Previously services stopped at 6pm.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:

"Derbyshire Connect was launched in February and so far is proving popular. We've listened to passenger feedback and extended the hours to give customers more flexibility on when they travel."

The number of passengers is increasing month by month. Latest figures show that in May this year the number of journeys made on Derbyshire Connect were 778. This was higher than the 560 journeys made on the 101 and 102 timetabled services which it was set up to replace.

And in June, Derbyshire Connect made 1,018 journeys compared to 591 for June 2016, on the former services − a rise of 42%.

Councillor Spencer added:

"Derbyshire Connect offers more flexibility than a conventional, timetabled, bus service with fixed stops. Journeys have to be booked in advance, but passengers can request exactly where they want to be picked up and dropped off and the times they want to travel."

Derbyshire Connect can be used by any kind of passenger and for any type of journey.

The bus is fully accessible and able to carry passengers in wheelchairs along with buggies and bikes.

Gold Card holders can travel free-of-charge after 9.30am weekdays and at any time on Saturdays. Adult single fares are £2 and £3.80 return, with child fares £1.20 single, £2.40 return. b_line cardholders get a 25% discount of adult fares.

Group bookings can also be made with charges based on the appropriate individual rates.

For more information on Derbyshire Connect tel: 01335 342951 or email: bookings@derbyshireconnect.org