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Jubilee Bank Holiday Hours

Our Offices will be closed from 2nd - 5th June 2022 for the Jubilee Bank Holiday. No services will be running except our Moorlands Connect service.

 

To book go to www.moorlandsconnect.co.uk and download the booking app

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Are you worried about the fuel price rises?

Leave the car behind and use our safe, demand responsive Connect Bus services network to get to your destination. Our services also link to the wider bus and rail network for further reaching travel from our local area.

 

Our 2 services include Derbyshire Connect and Moorlands Connect;

 

Derbyshire Connect

runs Mon to Sat 7am till 7pm

From Matlock Bath, Cromford, Wirksworth and Newhaven to Ashbourne and all villages in between

Book in advance on 01335 342 951 or via bookings@derbyshireconnect.co.uk

Find out more about the service here

 

Moorlands Connect

runs Mon to Friday 7am till 7pm

Saturday 8am till 6pm

Sunday 8am till 5pm (from 2 April 2022)

Travel to Leek, Buxton, Ashbourne or any village in between

Book in advance on 01335 342 951 or via bookings@moorlandsconnect.co.uk

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NEWS UPDATE March 2022

Moorlands Connect Service Public Information Meeting

 

Staffordshire County Council are holding two meetings to explain the changes to the Moorlands Connect Service.

 

Oakamoor Village Hall at 2pm

Warslow Village Hall at 4pm

 

on Monday 7th March 2022

 

These meetings are for any interested parties and will explain how the new service differs from the old.

 

If you need transport to the meeting, please contact Moorlands Connect on 01335 342951

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NEWS UPDATE February 2022

Supporting Shrovetide

 

ACT is working with the Ashbourne Shrovetide Committee to support one of the town’s biggest events.

ACT will be providing FREE transport on the Shrovetide Shuttle to help visitors access the town and the game without the worry of parking a car.

Free parking will be available at Darley Moor and directions to the parking site will be signed on all access roads.

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NEWS UPDATE JANUARY 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT ACT

 

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE UPDATE

 

Thank you to our Lady Mayor, Jane Harris, for conducting our annual fundraising raffle draw this morning.

25 prizes have been won and winners will be notified either in person or by phone.

Thanks again to all who donated the prizes and to those who kindly purchased the tickets.

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NEWS UPDATE DECEMBER 2021

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

 

The draw for our Raffle will be made by Ashbourne’s Mayor Cllr Jane Harris on Tuesday 4 January 2022

Winners will be contacted by the ACT team after the draw

 

The ACT Board would like to thank all those who donated to our Raffle and Tombola:

 

  • YOUNG IDEAS

  • KRISTIAN WOOD

  • PRESTONS

  • OPTIMUM

  • PAT LAUGHLIN

  • THE BANK

  • WIGLEYS

  • FRESH CHOICE

  • BANJO

  • SILVARIOUS

  • AVANTI

  • BETTYS TEA ROOM

  • DAVID NEILLS

  • SALLY MONTAGUES

  • HENMORES

  • MORRISONS

  • PAUL DUKE

  • NIGELS BUTCHERS

  • THE LITTLE SHED

  • MARKS THE BUTCHERS

  • THE FLOWERSHOP

  • HULMES FISHMONGERS

  • THE SMITHS TAVERN

  • CHEDDAR GORGE

  • KAY & CO

  • JOULES

  • EQUATORIAL

  • MEYNALL LANGLEY GARDEN CENTRE

  • HOUSE OF BEER

  • BEAUMONTS CAFÉ

  • THE MARKETPLACE CHIPPIE

  • M&S

  • MOUTAIN WAREHOUSE

 

And a special thanks to those Board Members, Staff and especially our passengers who contributed so generously

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR SERVICES

We will be running services up to 24th December 2021

And 29th - 31st December 2021

 

Our Offices will be closed 25th - 28th December 2021

And Monday 3rd January 2022

Please call us on 01335 300670 if you need more information or email enquiries@ashbournect.org.uk

NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 2021

BUS BACK BETTER

 

Bus Services Improvement Plan (BSIP)

 

In response to the Government’s National Bus Strategy – Bus Back Better, Derbyshire and Staffordshire County Council’s have submitted their BSIP – plans for bus services across the Counties for the next 5 years. The aim is to get additional funding for bus services – to improve those we have and add additional services.

 

ACT has been part of the team developing the Plans and as a result we hope to be able to offer more Demand Responsive services - such as those we run in Staffordshire Moorlands and to the villages between Wirksworth and Ashbourne - to more places, building on the weekly shopping bus services we already provide. Under these plans all buses would run more frequently, and operate later over 7 days per week.

 

Demand Responsive services are door-to-destination and can link passengers with other bus services and local railway stations as well as to your local market town, to essential healthcare and hospital appointments and provide transdport for all social and leisure aoccasions

FREE Christmas Shopping Buses

from Doveridge & Sudbury into Ashbourne

 

Running on Saturdays 11th and 18th December

 

  • Pick up at Doveridge Village Hall at 10.30am then from Sudbury Park approx. 15 mins later dropping you in Ashbourne town centre. The return journey will leave Ashbourne at 3.30pm.

  • Accessible transport - for wheelchair users and people with mobility or other disabilities.

  • Safe and supportive - we take extra care; our drivers and team are there to help.

  • Seats on the buses are limited and need to be prebooked.

To book - call or text Cllr Jacqui Allison on 07967778920

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DERBYSHIRE TRANSPORT SURVEY

In March 2021, the government published a new National Bus Strategy which sets out a framework for how bus services can recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and a vision for future improvements across England. The strategy places a requirement on Derbyshire County Council local bus companies to work together to create a Bus Service Improvement Plan. This will involve developing bold plans for improving local bus services and encouraging more people to use them.

The government has pledged £3 billion in funding across the country to help deliver these plans, and Derbyshire is aiming to secure a fair share of that funding.

We want to ensure that improvement plan reflects the views of Derbyshire residents and those visiting or working in the county and we would like to ask you to complete a short questionnaire that Derbyshire County Council have produced. To access the questionnaire please use the following link https://systraltd.researchfeedback.net/dcc_bsip_survey

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Support for Ukrainian refugees

ACT is working with the Elim Church and host families in and around Ashbourne to meet the transport needs of the newly arrived families. All our services are available and we are providing transport to the Derby Ukrainian Centre each Wednesday. Bookings can be made in the usual way by calling our office on 01335 300670.

 

These services are being subsidised by recent fund raising activity and ACT would like to thank Board Member Robert Roebuck, Cllr S Lees and the residents of Boylestone for their support.

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