Derbyshire bus service scrapped because of coronavirus

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A seasonal bus service in Derbyshire has been cancelled for 2020 due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The Hope Valley Explorer, which allowed people from Chesterfield to visit the Peak District without their cars, was scheduled to begin running at the end of May.

The service had been introduced last year, funded as a pilot scheme by the Peak District National Park Authority and operated by Stagecoach.

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David Marsden, transport policy officer for the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “It’s with great disappointment that we have to announce that the Hope Valley Explorer bus service will not run this summer.

The Hope Valley Explorer has been cancelled because of coronavirus. Photo by Daniel WildeyThe Hope Valley Explorer has been cancelled because of coronavirus. Photo by Daniel Wildey
The Hope Valley Explorer has been cancelled because of coronavirus. Photo by Daniel Wildey | Other 3rd Party

“However, it is critical that we help keep everyone safe during the coronavirus measures by following the government’s social distancing guidance and complying with the advice on non-essential travel beyond where people usually live or work.

“Because of this we have decided to cancel the Hope Valley Explorer for the 2020 summer season.

“Along with our partners Stagecoach, we were really looking forward to extending the Hope Valley Explorer’s period of operation following the fantastic response from the people who used the bus last year. In light of the ongoing crisis, we hope people will understand our decision.”

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The Hope Valley Explorer route provided links for people in Chesterfield, Dronfield and the outskirts of Sheffield, as well as those arriving by train in the Hope Valley, to visit the national park.

David added: “All being well, we are planning to run the full and extended service next year.”