Train Companies and Local Council Team up to Boost Peak District Links for Tourists in Time for Summer
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CrossCountry has partnered with Derbyshire County Council, East Midlands Railway and bus operator Hulleys of Baslow to extend Chesterfield’s 170/A bus service between Chesterfield and Bakewell.
The extended service will link visitors to the Peak District directly from Chesterfield station seven days a week, all year round, for the first time.
The project – which officially launched on 21 July 2023 – is supported by Lee Rowley, MP for North East Derbyshire, and has been funded by Derbyshire County Council’s £47million Bus Service Improvement Plan fund.
The extended service is being promoted by CrossCountry and EMR, with Hulleys of Baslow offering a 25% discount on bus fares for passengers with valid rail tickets to encourage more leisure travel to the Peak District directly from Chesterfield station.
The cross-industry project forms part of a wider initiative to improve connectivity between different modes of transport along the UK rail network.
Ben Simkin, Regional Director at CrossCountry, commented: “Working together with Derbyshire County Council, East Midlands Railway, and other organisations, we’re pleased we’ve been able to bring the new, extended bus service to Chesterfield station, improving public transport connectivity on one of our key routes.
“The new bus link - which will run seven days a week, all year round - allows us to help both local people and visitors on their journeys to the Peak District National Park in a smooth and sustainable way, directly from the national rail network.”
Councillor Charlotte Cupit, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Assets and Transport, added: “It's great to see improvements to our public transport network that allow passengers to easily visit new places and enjoy everything that Derbyshire has to offer.
“The Peak District is a major tourist destination so making it simpler for visitors and locals to reach it in time for Summer is fantastic. Sustainable and connected transport options are a main priority for us, and it's a pleasure to be able to fund projects to this end.”
Lee Rowley, MP for North East Derbyshire, said: “The news that the 170/A bus service from Chesterfield to Bakewell is fantastic news for our region. We all want to see better connectivity across our county and this extension helps to link those local bus services with the national rail services in Chesterfield.
“We’re lucky in Derbyshire to have the beautiful Peak District right on our doorstep and this extension will help drive more visitors to this as well as other attractions, boosting business in our county. I would like to thank CrossCountry, EMR, Hulleys and Derbyshire County Council for helping to make this extension a reality.”
Neil Grabham, Customer Services Director at East Midlands Railway, concluded: “We are pleased to work together with our local partners to help our customers better access the beauty of the Peak District in an environmentally friendly way.”
“The new bus links introduction has been perfectly timed for the start of the busy summer holiday period – providing a great option for families who want to explore the national park.”
Derbyshire County Council, CrossCountry and local bus operators have also collaborated to strengthen intermodal connectivity elsewhere across Derbyshire. New digital signage has been installed at Belper bus station, with an interactive ‘totem’ which displays travel information and details for local days out, enhancing public transport connections for visitors to the Derbyshire town. A further interactive ‘totem’ will be installed outside Willington railway station later this year.
To find out more about the new 170/A bus route between Chesterfield and Bakewell, visit: https://www.hulleys-of-baslow.co.uk/.