This is an archived press release
Tuesday 22 May 2012
A community transport organisation is running a popular bus to the Derwent Dams funded by the Peak District National Park Authority.
Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport, a not-for-profit charity, is operating the 222 Derwent Dams Shuttle at the popular visitor area, which includes the Derwent and Howden reservoirs.
The Peak District National Park Authority is giving the community transport company a subsidy of £11,972 to run the service on weekends and bank holidays until the end of September and then on Sundays only until the end of March 2013.
The ‘hail and ride’ service runs every 40 minutes between Fairholmes Visitor Centre and King’s Tree, at the head of the Derwent valley.
Tim Nicholson, transport policy officer for the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “At weekends and bank holidays the Derwent Valley can be overrun with cars trying to park.
“This service offers people the ability to use connecting bus services to get to Fairholmes and then get on the bus from Fairholmes to King’s Tree.
“It also gives people who arrive by car and don’t want to walk or cycle to King’s Tree the chance to see all parts of the Upper Derwent Valley on their visit.”
The service is necessary because on weekends and bank holidays the road between Fairholmes Visitor Centre and King’s Tree is closed to traffic.
Edwina Edwards, chief executive of Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport, said: “This is the first time we have run a scheduled service and it seems to be going well so far.
“We are pleased to enter into this partnership with the Peak District National Park Authority.
“It enables us to employ local drivers and provides an alternative way of getting to one of the most visited areas of the national park without the problems of congestion.”
Return tickets for the bus cost £3 for adults and £1.50 for children. One way journeys cost £2 for adults and £1 for children.
A timetable and details of other public transport services can be found at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/peakconnections
Information about visiting the Upper Derwent Valley is available at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/ic-derwent or from Fairholmes Visitor Centre on 01433 650953.