Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Save The 397
Speedwellbus is today launching a campaign to try to persuade Derbyshire County Council to abandon plans to withdraw the 397 bus service between Glossop and Hyde.
Speedwellbus as a company are totally opposed to this ill-thought out and damaging proposal which, if implemented, would have a devastating impact on communities in the High Peak and Tameside.
Please take a look at the Speedwellbus website for information.
Funnily enough I took my first bus journey in years last week when my car was in to have an annoying dent on the door repaired. I pledged to myself that I would use public transport while the car was off the road to see if I could cope.
I feel comfortable travelling by train because I understand the timetables and have an understanding of how the railways work, however since the cuts of the 1960’s, the railways have become fragmented and it is not possible to travel to many places by train. A prime example of this is Stalybridge to Denton. There is a rail line between the two in existence but the train only runs once a week and in one direction only on what is known as The Parliamentary service. This is next to useless and is a crying shame because Denton station is situated in an ideal place for commuters - but that is another story.
So you want to travel from Stalybridge to Denton using public transport. That leaves you two options, taxi or bus. When I made this journey I got a bus from a cold and desolate Stalybridge bus station to the nice modern Hyde station with railway style live information screens and then onto Denton on a 204.
Prior to my recent bus journeys I must admit to viewing busses as annoying slugs which slowed me down when I was in a rush and which were only there to be overtaken. However, I have since had a Damascene conversion and after studying the services buses offer to those without a car I am now of the belief that busses offer an invaluable service to many.
The loss of the 397 route may not affect you directly but you should support the campaign to save this route because it may be the 397 today but a bus route you may one day rely on next.