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25 Apr 2016
Changes designed to improve bus services between Sheffield and 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.
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 re-numbered 50b.
Finally, 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.
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.”