Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves
Fri 24th November 2023
New figures released by Derbyshire County Council show that recently improved Derbyshire bus services are proving popular with passengers – with one Alfreton service seeing an increase of passengers by 18 per cent.
A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council (DCC) said: “Some of the bus services have had their routes extended to additional places, while others had services extended into the evenings or at weekends or increased from one bus an hour to two.”
The increase in passenger numbers for eight services are below, and show the increase in passenger numbers for the first three months of each service, compared to the same time period the previous year:
• X17 – Barnsley to Wirksworth – 35 per cent increase.
• Ilkeston flyer – Derby to Cotmanhay – 9 per cent increase.
• My15 – Ilkeston to East Midlands Airport – 12 per cent increase.
• Rainbow One – Nottingham to Ripley/Alfreton – 18 per cent increase.
• 65 – Sheffield to Buxton – 30 per cent increase.
• 157/159 – Matlock circular – 31 per cent increase.
• Transpeak – Derby to Buxton – 44 per cent increase.
• Buxton Buzz – Burlow to Fairfield – 38 per cent increase.
Cabinet Member for Highways Assets and Transport, at DCC, councillor Charlotte Cupit, said: “I’m pleased to see that the investment in these services is already proving positive for passengers in our area, and that they are being used by so many more people.
“We were awarded £47million from the Government to improve bus services in Derbyshire, and these additional services are among a range of different initiatives we’re continuing to work to do just that.
“More improvements are coming soon, and we hope that they will be just as popular as the ones we have already put in place.
“We’re continuing the work to make travelling by bus an attractive option, with particular focus on reliability and affordability.”
Cllr Cupit added: “I’d encourage everyone to try the bus, with fares for adults at just £2 for a single trip, and £1.50 for most routes for 11 to 18 year olds with a ‘b_line’ card it really does offer a great way to get around.”
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