Stanage bus starts up

Posted by Tina Gardner on 05/05/2009

City-based walkers, climbers and cyclists can forget the car and take a bus to the glorious Peak District around Stanage Edge every Sunday and Bank Holiday until mid-October - for only £2 return.

Geoff Nickolds, Peak District National Park member representative for recreation, said: “This Sunday/Bank Holiday service is great for walkers, climbers and cyclists - and for the planet.

 “It saves the need to find a parking space on busy weekends, and with fares capped at £2 return, it is affordable for non-car owners who may not be able to visit the countryside otherwise. Using the bus reduces congestion, it means fewer cars spoiling the views, and it saves on climate-warming carbon emissions.”

The Service 284 bio-diesel bus leaves Sheffield Interchange at 8.30am, 10.30am, 2.25pm and 4.25pm. For train passengers from Manchester, it leaves Hathersage train station an hour later in each case.

It takes in the major access points for Burbage Valley, Higger Tor and Stanage Edge, as well as Hathersage centre, picking up at Ringinglow and all stops in and out of Sheffield. It is run by Sheffield Community Transport using a fully-accessible bus, with space for a couple of bikes and climbing equipment.

The environmentally-friendly, low-cost service is running 12 weeks longer than last year, and the timetable has been improved after consultation with climbers and walkers through the Stanage Forum. It means the first bus from Sheffield departs half an hour earlier than last year for those keen to get an early start on the Edge.

And an earlier first bus from Hathersage station (9.30am) means that people coming by train from Manchester have just enough time to buy breakfast before getting the bus up the hill to Stanage.

The service is subsidised by the South Yorkshire Transport Executive, the British Mountaineering Council’s Access and Conservation Trust (ACT), High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership and the Peak District National Park Authority.

See the full bus timetable



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