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Bank Holiday Services

Our Moorlands Connect door to destination services will be running from 0900h - 1700h on Bank Holiday Mondays, a great opportunity to leave the car behind for your holiday weekend travel. 

 

The ACT office will be closed on Mon 6 and Mon 27 May.

To find out more visit moorlandsconnect.co.uk  

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Moorlands Connect: 

Supporting the Staffordshire Moorlands Walking Festival

Explore the Staffordshire Moorlands Walking Festival hassle-free with Moorlands Connect!

Need a ride from door to destination during the festival? Look no further! Moorlands Connect offers convenient transport throughout the Staffordshire Moorlands.

 

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just looking for a leisurely stroll, let Moorlands Connect be your ride of choice. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey as we take you to and from the heart of the action.

Book the service using the Moorlands Connect mobile App

or call 01335 342951 

Visit our connect services page for more information.

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Moorlands Connect Update

Exciting news! Our Sunday service is now back in action! Get ready to hop on board the community bus, as it now operates 7 days a week.

 

The Moorlands Connect service will run every Sunday between 0900-1700 until 29 September, between Ashbourne, Buxton and Leek and across the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Book your Sunday travel for leisurely strolls, exhilarating bike rides, scenic sightseeing, and all your favourite activities, including trips to Peak Wildlife Park, Tittersworth Reservoir, iconic spa heritage tours in Buxton, charming shops and antique spots in Ashbourne and Leek, as well as indulging in the delights of country cafes, cosy pubs, and exquisite restaurants across the region.

To find out more visit moorlandsconnect.co.uk  

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Connecting Communities: 

MP Dame Karen Bradley Commends Moorlands Connect Service!

Dame Karen visited Moorlands Connect on 1 March along with Staffordshire Moorlands Councillors  Jonathan Kempster and Mark Johnson and colleagues from the Climate Change Action Group.

Dame Karen has included the bus service in her ‘A Year of Reasons to Visit the Moorlands newsletter with the following comment;

 

'I recently went on a trip on Moorlands Connect and it was great to hear how the buses provide a vital lifeline for many people who don’t have cars, and also how it helps to keep our rural communities connected.

Moorlands Connect is also a brilliant option for those of us who love walking in the hills, as it can remove all the stress of trying to park in the busy summer months by dropping you off and collecting you at location and time of your choice.'

Moorlands Connect Service update

Our Connect door to destination services will be running over the Easter weekend so a great opportunity to leave the car behind for your holiday weekend travel.

 

The Moorlands Connect Sunday service is back in April and available for door to destination trips to and from Ashbourne, Leek and Buxton and across the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Book the service using the Moorlands Connect mobile App

or call 01335 342951 

Visit our connect services page for more information.

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2023 Xmas Raffle and Tombola

Our 2023 raffle and tombola raised c£800. Monies raised in the community are so important for the continuation of our local Dial a Ride services for those with no access to public transport for shopping, healthcare appointments and social outings.

 

Ashbourne Community Transport therefore thanks all those local businesses, partners (listed below), so many of our regular and loyal passengers who donated prizes, and those drivers and team members who worked to make this year’s programme a success.

The Raffle was drawn on 8th Jan 2024 by Vice Chairman of the Board, Rob Watson and the 10 lucky prize winners informed.

With thanks to;

  • AVANTI 

  • CHEDDAR GORGE

  • CHIC

  • DAVID NEILL

  • EQUATORIAL 

  • FRESH CHOICE 

  • HOUSE OF BEER

  • HULMES

  • MRS JANE HARRIS

  • JOULES

  • MRS JOY BEALES

  • JOHN BEMBRIDGE

  • KAY & CO

  • KRISTIAN WOOD 

  • LOU LOUS

  • M&S 

  • MARK THE BUTCHERS 

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  • MARKET PLACE CHIP SHOP

  • NATURAL CHOICE

  • NIAMH HEATHCOTE-VALLACK

  • NIGEL BUTCHERS

  • OPTIMUM 

  • PAT LAUGHLIN

  • PAUL DUKE

  • PRESTONS

  • SIMON MEREDITH

  • SMITHS TAVERN

  • STAR ANISE 

  • THE GREEN MAN

  • THE BANK

  • THE BRIDGE 

  • THE FLOWER SHOP

  • WIGLEYS

Introducing our brand new Derbyshire Connect Bus!

Introducing our all-new Derbyshire Connect Bus for December 2023!

Jump on board our convenient Derbyshire Connect service, available 6 days a week from 07:00 am to 7:00 pm on weekdays and 08:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturdays. Enjoy our hassle-free door-to-door service with available spaces on upcoming Saturdays, ideal for a stress-free Christmas shopping experience!

The service runs into Ashbourne, Matlock Bath and Wirksworth covering all villages in between from Newhaven to Bradley and Ashleyhay.

Connect with other transport services in and around Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Don't miss out on hassle-free Christmas shopping – ride with Derbyshire Connect!

For bookings or more information phone 01335 342951 or email bookings@derbyshireconnect.org.uk

Visit our connect services page for more information.

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Summer 2023 News Update

Ashbourne Shuttle

The Ashbourne ‘Friday Shuttle’ is now running to all venues around the town. The service operates as follows: 

  • Pickups between 1030 and 1100 and returns 1230-1300h. 

  • Seats must be pre-booked. 

  • The Shuttle is being sponsored for Ashbourne people by Ashbourne Town Council and for a trial period will be FREE.  

  • To book a seat call 01335 300670.

New Board Member

ACT welcomes Cllr Caroline Cooper as a new Board Member and representative from Ashbourne Town Council.

The Enterprise Foundation    

ACT would like to thank its supplier Enterprise -Flexi-Rent and the Enterprise Foundation for a further generous donation of £2500. These funds will be used to support the cost of existing Dial-a-Ride services.

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Moorlands Connect – Weekend services

This services which covers Leek, Buxton and Ashbourne – and all villages and destinations between - is open to all.

 

Moorlands Connect currently runs 7 days per week 0700-1900 Mon-Fri, 0800 to 1800h on Saturday; and 0900-1700h on Sunday.

The Sunday service will operate until 1 October 2023.  

Leave the car at home and take your Sunday leisure trip by bus.

To find out more go to www.moorlandconnect.co.uk

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Derbyshire Connect

Derbyshire Connect is a door-to-destination bus service open to all running 6 days per week 0700-1900h.

The service runs into Ashbourne, Matlock Bath and Wirksworth covering all villages in between from Newhaven to Bradley and Ashleyhay.

Derbyshire Connect cand make connections with the Swift service to Derby and Uttoxeter; other scheduled services including the 442 to Buxton, the Moorlands Connect; and train services at Cromford.

To book go to bookings@derbyshireconnect.co.uk 

or call 01335 342951to book a seat.

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Need Transport: We can Help

Ashbourne Community Transport (ACT) and the Ashbourne Little Bus Company can meet all your transport needs from shopping and hospital or healthcare trips to travel to weddings, parties and social events.

 

Whatever the occasion we are here to help. 

 

Call 01335300670 or email: info@ashbournelittlebuscompany.co.uk 

to find out more.

 

ACT is a charity providing affordable accessible transport for people who cannot access standard public transport or coach services. The charity is funded through its commercial company The Ashbourne Little Bus Company. Little Bus Company operates like any other commercial bus company but with a difference - as a non-profit making business your journey can also help others with every day travel needs.

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