New Sheffield-Manchester bus route across Peak District could be country's most picturesque

A new bus service across the Peak District linking Sheffield and Manchester is being launched.

Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 4:45 pm

The SnakeX57 will run along the A57 Snake Pass, a particularly picturesque route but one which can be treacherous in bad weather.

The service is being launched by Hulleys of Baslow, starting on October 25, with a single adult fare between Sheffield and Manchester priced £8 and a return costing £10.

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The new SnakeX57 bus service being launched by Hulleys of Baslow will connect Sheffield and Manchester with popular Peak District walking destinations including the Ladybower Reservoir

A new X56 service linking Shirebrook Park Estate, Glossop and Manchester is also being launched, and the existing 275 route between Bakewell and Sheffield, via, Bamford, Grindleford and Eyam, will be renamed the 257, with no change to times.

The SnakeX57 will run from Sheffield Interchange to Chorlton Street in Manchester, stopping at Crosspool, Ladybower Inn, Snake Inn, Glossop and Hollingworth, with the full journey scheduled to take 90 minutes.

The last bus for Manchester will leave Sheffield at 10.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, with the last bus in the opposite direction departing at 11.45pm on those days.

Three extra bus stops are being installed at Bleaklow, where the Pennine Way crosses the A57; at Snake Woodlands; and at Snake Inn, all of which had been placed to serve popular walking areas including the Pennine Way.

Passengers have welcomed the new services, with one calling their introduction at a time when big cuts are being made to other bus and train services a ‘brave move’.

Another passenger called them an ‘exciting venture’ which would help more people from both cities go running around the dams, while a third commented ‘you have absolutely struck gold constructing this service’.

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