25 Apr 2016
Changes designed to improve bus services in Chesterfield are set to be introduced by leading operator Stagecoach in May.
Based on feedback from customers and constant monitoring of buses, alterations including minor timetable changes will come into effect from Sunday 8 May with the aim of boosting the punctuality of services.
Following requests, a new facility will be introduced to serve the Grindlow Avenue area of Boythorpe. Monday to Friday X17 journeys leaving Sheffield at 09:10, 11:10 and 13:10 will extend beyond Chesterfield to serve Grindlow Avenue.
Changes to the X17 timetable will also see a number of morning peak time journeys on service X17 between Matlock, Chesterfield and Sheffield depart up to five minutes earlier.
Minor timetable changes will be made to most service 25 journeys to maintain co-ordination with other services between Chesterfield, Whittington Moor, Old Whittington and New Whittington. The 07:17 Monday to Friday journey from New Whittington (now 07:16) to Brookfield School will terminate in Chesterfield at 07:50 and the 07:28 journey from New Whittington to Chesterfield will be extended to Brookfield School for 08:15.
On service 43a, the 07:11 and 07:36 journeys from Hallowes will now depart at 07:06 and 07:30 respectively to allow extra journey time through to Sheffield. The 08:37 journey from Sheffield will now commence from Dronfield Civic Centre at 09:26. Additional Monday to Friday journeys on service 43 will partially replace altered journeys on service 43a maintaining connections to Dronfield Civic Centre and Sainsbury’s Dronfield at these times.
Other alterations to the 43 include the 07:05 Monday to Friday journey from Chesterfield departing five minutes earlier to allow extra journey time through to Sheffield, and the 07:18 and 07:45 journeys from Sheffield will now depart at 07:15 and 07:43 respectively to allow extra time through to Chesterfield.
Minor timetable changes will be made to some 44/44a Chesterfield – Sheffield journeys to maintain co-ordination with other services between Chesterfield, Dronfield, Woodseats and Sheffield.
To reduce delays, all journeys toward Sheffield on the 50 and 50a services from Chesterfield will now operate via Duke Street between City Road and Sheffield Interchange rather than Granville Road. Buses leaving Sheffield will continue to operate via Granville Road. Journeys on service 50a will no longer serve Windmill Greenway – however, it will continue to be served by certain peak time weekday journeys and renumbered 50b.
On services 70 / 70a Chesterfield – Killamarsh, the 06:20 Monday to Friday journey from Mastin Moor to Chesterfield will now depart at 06:15 and operate five minutes earlier throughout. The 06:52 Monday to Friday journey from Chesterfield, New Beetwell Street will start from Cavendish Street at 06:50 and operate earlier through to Killamarsh. The 07:40 Monday to Friday journey from Killamarsh, Bridge Street will depart at 07:34 to allow extra time through to Chesterfield.
The 18:55 Monday to Saturday journey from Sheffield to Spinkhill on service 71 will depart at 19:00 and operate five minutes later throughout.
Minor timetable changes will be made to most journeys to aid punctuality and reliability on service 74 Chesterfield – Duckmanton as well as service 77 Chesterfield – Worksop. On service 77 the 07:50 (college days only) journey from Clowne to Chesterfield will now depart earlier at 07:37 and also operate during College holidays. The 23:57 Monday to Saturday journey from Staveley to Chesterfield will depart at 23:35 and arrive in Chesterfield at 00:02.
On service 82 Chesterfield – Langwith the 07:00 Monday to Friday journey from Chesterfield will no longer serve Langwith and terminate at Markham Vale at 07:24.
Service 96 Chesterfield – Alfreton will benefit from an amended timetable to assist punctuality. All journeys from Chesterfield will depart from the Coach Station (stand B) rather than New Beetwell Street, while service X96 will no longer serve New Beetwell Street in either direction, operating direct via Lordsmill Street to and from Chesterfield College.
Also on service 96 the 07:40 and 08:40 Monday to Friday journeys from Chesterfield will now depart at 07:35 and 08:38. The 07:35 Monday to Friday journey from Alfreton will now depart at 07:30 to allow extra journey time through to Chesterfield but on Saturdays will operate slightly later at 07:40.
The 17:45 Monday to Saturday journey from Alfreton to Chesterfield on service 96 will now depart at 17:50 and operate five minutes later throughout.
Finally on service 97 the 06:40 Monday to Friday journey from Chesterfield to Alfreton will now depart at 06:35 and operate five minutes earlier throughout.
Paul Lynch, managing director, Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “Many of the alterations we are making are based directly on feedback from our drivers and our customers.
“Listening to customers and monitoring our bus service enables us to take a closer look at our services and how they can be improved.”