394 - Saved ! (but at a cost) :First of all a big thank you, especially to Mary, G52 and all of you who have got in touch, sent an email, signed the petition or worked to help our campaign to save the 394 in any way.
This afternoon, I heard from the Public Transport Unit at DCC, that our efforts had not gone unnoticed, and that following the tender process, a tender had been awarded to save the Monday to Friday journeys of the 394.
The tender has been awarded to the current operator High Peak Buses, and will mean that with effect from Monday 28th March, the service will change from its current hourly timetable to the two hourly timetable listed below :
However, to save the 394 there is a significant cost of over £60,000 per annum which will be paid by DCC / TFGM split on the basis of the distance covered in each area, along with the withdrawal of the Saturday 394 service, and a significant change to the 202 Glossop to Hyde service on a Sunday.
The Saturday service will run for the last time on Saturday 26th March 2016.
The changes to the 202 / 341 service will be detailed separately as the changes to evening / Sunday journeys is quite significant.
Paper copies of the new timetable for the 394 and details for the 202 / 341 (if received in time) will be available at Thursday’s G52 bellies not bins session on Gamesley, and from various other places (including me and the other Cllr Mckeown) shortly after that.