July can sometimes see a number of changes to local bus services, but this year for those of us resident in Glossopdale the only changes, are relatively minor and will change again come the beginning of September. The changes have come into effect from today (Sunday).
236 / 7 Glossop to Ashton Service
The changes are relatively minor and effect just morning and afternoon journeys, for example, the 6.25 236 will now leave Shirebrook Drive at 6.21, with 237 journeys similarly affected with the 6.42 now leaving from Glossop at 6.39 and the following 236 journey now leaving Glossop at 7.01 instead of 6.53, most journies are expected to arrive at more or less the same time as normal.
In the afternoons, buses will generally leave their starting point at the same time but arrive at their final destination a little earlier. If you board your bus in the middle of the route, you may need to arrive at your stop to leave a little earlier than you currently do.
Please click here for the full timetable.
If you connect to a further Stagecoach service beyond Glossop, they will be similarly affected for the next few weeks.
236 / 7 Glossop to Ashton Service – Day tickets
Just a reminder that if you are using the 236 / 7, Stagecoach day tickets are only valid on the Stagecoach journeys which run during the day up until just before 7 pm.
If you are coming back to Glossop or going to Ashton after this time, Stagecoach tickets are not valid on the MCT journeys, and similarly, if you are travelling during the day MCT tickets are not valid on the stagecoach journeys.
The only tickets valid on both companies’ journeys is the System one / get me there range of tickets which include a day ticket at £5.60 (which is also valid on any bus across Greater Manchester, Glossopdale and New Mills), and a range of weekly, monthly tickets. You can get more details on the range by clicking here.
Service Changes elsewhere
Across the rest of Derbyshire, there are some, more significant changes, the details of which you can view by clicking here, however, there are two I thought worth highlighting :
Service 65 Buxton to Sheffield
High Peak Buses relaunched this service a little while ago, introducing branded buses, but have now lost the tender, and have reduced their service to 2 journeys each way (Monday to Saturday only), running via Waterswallows and Wormhill, leaving Buxton just minutes before the new replacement service.
The new replacement Service 65 will be operated by Stagecoach Chesterfield and includes some journeys that run to Meadow Hall, in a fashion similar to the long-lost X17 or X15 journeys that used to run from Stoke to Sheffield via Buxton in years gone by.
You can see times for the new service by clicking here
The once famous Transpeak service that used to run using express coaches, from Manchester to Nottingham via Buxton and Derby suffers it latest cut since High Peak Buses and their Leicester based owners Centrebus took over the management of the service following the establishment of the joint venture with Trent.
Just in time for the start of Summer holidays, and what would be the most likely time for high usage, the service will be withdrawn between Buxton and Manchester, leaving just the Buxton to Derby section left.
A revised timetable will be introduced between Buxton and Derby, and the route will be changed to run via Harpur Hill, meaning that whilst it will no longer be transiting the peaks, as it once did, at least with the trip up to Harpur Hill, it will still be crossing the peaks if not quite as many.
You can view timetable details by clicking here.