Anger at loss of bus route

Grindleford parish councillor, Peter O'Brien
Grindleford parish councillor, Peter O'Brien
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Buses on a ‘lifeline’ route from Sheffield to the Peak District are facing the axe after the company running the service decided it was no longer viable.

Halfway-based TM Travel is withdrawing the 214 service from next Monday, July 22.

The route runs between Sheffeld and Matlock, via Grindleford, Calver and Chatsworth.

Grindleford Parish Councillor Peter O’Brien said, “What is most disgraceful is that there has been absolutely no consultation with local communities about these proposed cuts to our bus service.

“We understand the need to make savings, but we think these could be achieved by looking at changes to other services in the area, rather than just axing the 214, which is well used by local people in both Grindleford and Calver and is an essential lifeline.

“We still hope that, even at this late stage, TM Travel and Derbyshire County Council will have another look at their plans.”

Coun O’Brien said villagers will be left without any buses to the county town of Matlock, and only a skeleton service to Sheffield, forcing passengers, many of whom are elderly, to rely on lifts.

He said he has contacted Derbyshire County Council and TM Travel to discuss the changes but without success.

“Grindleford Parish Council are objecting strongly to the cuts, and plan to ask local MP and Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin to intervene,” Coun O’Brien added.

TM Travel said the 214 service is no longer viable due to low passenger use.

The company said passengers have alternatives – with local train services from Grindleford to Sheffield.

A Derbyshire County Council spokeswoman said: “The operator has integrated the current 218 service with parts of the 214 and 215 which means people can still travel by bus via Sheffield and Matlock.”

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