Update on Moorlands Connect









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Information from High peak Bus Service re 442 service

I have spoken with various bodies including High Peak Buses on
 0116 410 5050.
 What seems to be happening is that the Sunday service of the 442 will be withdrawn at the end of May 2018. However, the full weekday and Saturday services will remain on the same timetable. The lady at High Peak buses assured me that there are no current plans to change, reduce or remove this service.
Steve Mansfield on  6th February 2018
Confirmation of Decisions re bus services

Response from Councillor Gill Heath

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Moorlands Connect Service


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1st December 2017

Dear Clerk to the Parish Council,

The Staffordshire County Council review of bus services is now complete and the Council plans to implement Option1 set out in their consultation as 47% of responses favoured this Option.

You should know that 53% of those responding therefore voted for Options 2-4 – all of which contain Moorlands Connect

Option 1 does NOT include Moorlands Connect and therefore it is likely that the service will cease on 31 March 2018.

This decision has not yet been confirmed as the opposition group on the County Council has ‘called in‘ the decision for further scrutiny.  This will be completed on 5 December but it is thought that the original decision (Option 1) will stand.

You have told us how important this service is to you, so Ashbourne Community Transport (ACT) has been in discussion with the Council to explore ways in which the service can be retained.   We have put forward a number of options, but we do not know if any of these will be considered favourably.

Unlike other bus companies, ACT is a charity set up to provide transport for those who do not have access to mainstream public transport services and all our funds are used to provide services to those communities who need them.

If you want to retain the service please contact your local County Councillor, Gill Heath and your District and Parish Councillors again to express your view.  You could also contact the Public Transport team at Staffordshire County Council, 1 Staffordshire Place, Stafford, ST16 2LP.

We understand that six local MPs have written to the Council expressing concern about the loss of rural bus services and asking the Council to reconsider. Your view could help strengthen their case.

Ashbourne Community Transport / Connect Services


Kind regards,

Iris Raile

Operations Business Coordinator

ACT / Connect Services

01335 342951



Dear Colleague,

An eight week public consultation on how best to spend Staffordshire County Council’s £1.3m annual bus subsidy has resulted in the option which safeguards most journeys.

The County Council’s Cabinet has today also agreed to work with bus operators, district and borough councils, parish councils and local community groups to explore options for supporting some of the journeys which will no longer be funded by the authority from April 2018.

While the vast majority of bus journeys in Staffordshire are currently made without any subsidy from the County Council, some journeys are still costing taxpayers more than £10 every time someone gets on board. As the County Council needs to spend a record £300m on care this year alone, we need to make sure that every penny of taxpayers’ money is working its hardest.  The option chosen means that most trips can still be made at the lowest average cost to taxpayers.

More than 96 per cent of all bus journeys currently made in Staffordshire will still be able to be made.  In cases where journeys will no longer be subsidised, such as the Dial-A-Ride, we want to work with local bus operators, local councils and communities to see which are the most important to them and look at helping them explore other options for funding.

Further details of the approved proposal can be found at  This details only journeys which will continue to be subsidised by the county council.

Any changes to bus timetables will be implemented by bus operators from April 2018. The County Council is not able to confirm changes to specific routes which will no longer be subsidised at this stage. Details of any changes will be finalised and published by bus operators once known.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Deaville

Cabinet Member for Commercial


Carol May|Executive Support Officer
Business and Executive Support

Strategy, Governance & Change


Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth

Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Commercial

Helen Fisher, Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport

Cabinet Office, 2 Staffordshire Place

Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH

‘: (01785) 854661


Staffordshire County Council

A Connected Staffordshire where everyone can prosper and be healthy and happy



We reminding people that there is still time to have their say on how the budget for subsidising bus journeys in Staffordshire can be best spent.

Although the county council does not operate bus services, it subsidises just under ten per cent of bus journeys in Staffordshire, largely because not enough people use them or not enough income is generated to make them profitable.

Next year, £1.3m will be spent on these journeys and we are asking people, whether they use the bus or not, for their views on the four options possible with the budget.

The consultation closes on September 17 and we are encouraging people to go online at to have their say. Printed copies have also been available in libraries.

If you could help spread the word that would be very helpful.

I have attached a copy of a poster about the consultation in case you would like to share this.

Many thanks

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