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New Bus Service

Has anyone tried out the new Derbyshire Connect bus service and what did you think?
Richard T

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More on the Bus

The new bus will allow well behaved dogs to travel and you can take your bike as long as you pre book it. The tail lift can be used by people with pushchairs, wheelchairs or by people who cannot manage the steps . The driver will assist anyone who needs it and is trained accordingly. You can make a group booking as well as booking just for yourself. For more information visit Derbyshire Connect Next week  is FREE travel!

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New Look Bus

Thanks to Richard T for the following report on Derbyshire Connect’s visit:

Meet Iris. She will become a familiar face  across this part of Derbyshire Dales as the driver of the Derbyshire Connect bus service. The existing loss making service  finishes on Friday March 31 so there will be about six weeks cross over.

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Derbyshire Connect begins operation on Monday February 13 and is essentially a “Dial a Bus service” running Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm and 8am and  6pm on Saturday. To use the 15 seater, it is essential to book ahead, the further the better and those with medical appointments will get priority.

The geography of the service covers an area roughly between Cromford and Wirksworth to the east and Onecote to the west, Ashbourne to the south and the A5012 to the north. Iris will collect you, even from your front door, and drop you off within the area. the same is true in reverse.

To book,  dial 01335  342951 between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Alternatively, email bookings@derbyshireconnect.org.uk but this will require a minimum of 24 hours notice.

For the first week, the new  service will be FREE to encourage people to use it and familiar with booking. Thereafter, fares will be  £2 single or £3.80 return. Children £1.20 single or £2.40 return. Bline 2 cardholders get a 25 per cent discount.

Gold card holders travel free after 9.30am

Derbyshire Connect driver, Iris Raile, said: “There has been much interest and enthusiasm as we have taken the bus around the area  for people to become familiar with the potential for the new service. We really want people to use it and make the service a regular part  of their lives to get around.

“My colleague,  Chris  Hegarty,  and I have had a warm welcome in Parwich and I look forward to getting to know many of you as you begin to use Derbyshire Connect.”

Leaflets are being left in the Sycamore and The Legion and please hand them on to potential users.

A similar service already operates in the Staffordshire Moorlands which has a common boundary with Derbyshire Connect allowing bus users to get as far as Leek and Buxton.

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Erin and mum Lucy try out the tailgate lift on the bus.

 

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Bus Visit Tomorrow

Thanks to Andrew M, Clerk to the Parish Council, for letting us know that as part of the Derbyshire Connect Free Bus Week,  the new bus’s promotional tour will stop in Parwich between 2:30 and 4:30 pm on Saturday 4 February. Come along to see the bus, talk to staff and find out all about it.

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New Bus Visits Parwich

Thanks to Andrew M, Clerk to the Parish Council, for letting us know that as part of the Derbyshire Connect Free Bus Week,  the new bus’s promotional tour will stop in Parwich between 2:30 and 4:30 pm on Saturday 4 February. Come along to see the bus, talk to staff and find out all about it.

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Launch of the new Bus Service

Launch of new Derbyshire Connect bus service

Passengers are being offered a week’s free travel to mark the launch of our new-style bus service.


‘Derbyshire Connect’ goes into service on Monday 13 February around the wider Ashbourne area. And for the first week, all passengers can benefit from free travel to any destination.

In advance of its official launch the bus is also going on tour at various venues around Ashbourne and in Wirksworth.

Derbyshire Connect will run along the principles of a ‘Demand-Responsive-Transport (DRT) service − the first of its kind in Derbyshire.This means it can be more flexible than conventional ‘turn up and go’ services. These generally have the same start and end destinations with fixed, timetabled stops along the way.

Journeys on Derbyshire Connect will need to be booked between a week and up to two hours before the time of travel. But because journeys are pre-booked, routes can be planned to cater to individual passengers’ needs meaning many more pick up and drop off points can be offered on different days of the week.

Bookings can be made by calling 01335 342951 or by email at bookings@derbyshireconnect.org.uk

Derbyshire Connect is initially being run as a trial for up to a year. It will be operated by Ashbourne Community Transport and serve villages north of Ashbourne and to the east as far as Wirksworth.

It will run 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 6pm, Saturday. There is no Sunday service.

Any kind of passenger will be eligible to use Derbyshire Connect for any type of journey, including current users of conventional bus services, community transport users, young people, older people, visitors and groups. It may also be used for non-emergency patient transport.

After the initial free travel period fares will be £2 adult single, £3.80 return, £1.20 child single, £2.40 return.

Gold Card holders will travel free-of-charge after 9.30am weekdays and anytime Saturdays. b_line2 cardholders will get 25% discount off adult fares and primary school pupils will pay the appropriate fare or travel free as an entitled student.

Our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Dean Collins, said:

“This is a first for Derbyshire and will provide people with the opportunity to tailor journeys to suit their individual needs. It will be a bus for everyone from passengers needing to get to essential services to residents and visitors wanting to make leisure trips.”Because we have never run this type of service before we are piloting it to see if we need to make any changes but in the longer term the aim is to roll out other Derbyshire Connect services in other rural parts of the county.”

Tour dates for the bus are:

  • St Oswald’s Hospital, Ashbourne, Monday 30 January, 9am to 12 noon
  • Ashbourne Market Place, Thursday 2 February, 9am to 12 noon
  • Shawcroft Car Park, Ashbourne, Thursday 2 February, 1pm to 4pm
  • Carsington Water Visitor Centre, Saturday 4 February, 10am to 2pm
  • Wirksworth Market Place, Monday 6 February, 9am to 12 noon
  • M&S Car Park, Ashbourne, Wednesday 8 February 9am to 12 noon
  • Sainsbury’s Car Park, Ashbourne, Wednesday 8 February 1pm to 4pm

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Meeting about Bus Service Pilot.

A public meeting was held in the Memorial hall on Wednesday the 7th of December. The meeting was attended by around twenty residents including several Parish Councillors. Chris Hegarty and Phil Smith form Derbyshire County Council briefly described the bus service pilot that will start in February. They used a short presentation which can be seen here. They answered residents questions for about an hour.

A page has also been set up on the Parish Council website to share information about the bus service.

Andrew Martin

Clerk RFO. Parwich Parish Council

e-mail: clerk@parwichparishcouncil.org.uk

tel: 01335 216238  address: Fernlea, Parwich, Ashbourne, DE6 1QJ

 

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