Wednesday 21 February 2024


A reminder of the meeting in the Strutt Centre.

The meeting is a chance for bus passengers to meet bus providers and councillors to discuss the current situation where buses are cancelled and many routes downgraded from hourly to two-hourly. We also have representatives from the Women's Institute, Accessible Belper and Transition Belper (Transport & Travel group TB,T&T) to speak about the impact on the lives of specific user groups.

This meeting is not to apportion blame but to understand the problems faced by bus operators and to explore possible immediate solutions.

The basic meeting agenda is:
  1. A greeting by the chair (that's me and I promise to be brief)
  2. The panel of bus operators and councillors to introduce themselves.
  3. Women's Institute, Accessible Belper and TB,T&T to do likewise.
  4. Then questions from the floor to be answered by our guests.
  5. Conclusion of meeting to indicate next steps.
Many have emailed saying that they would like to attend but are unable because they have no evening bus service so there is a possibility of a follow up zoom meeting that they can attend.

Monday 12 February 2024

Public Meeting in Belper to discuss bus cancelations -Thursday February 22nd 19:00

Public Meeting to discuss bus cancelations

Thursday 22nd February at 19:00

Strutt Centre, Derby Road, Belper DE56 1UU

As an Amber Valley Borough Councillor I am receiving a lot of contact from people who have experienced buses not turning up. Other councillors tell me that they too are getting complaints so the issue is widespread across many routes. That is why a public meeting has been called, a chance to meet bus operators and councils to discuss the problem and, hopefully, to chart a way forward. So far I am aware of ongoing problems with the Sixes, Sevens, Nines, 138, 141, 147. 

Invitees that have accepted the invitation to the meeting are:
  • Trent Barton Buses (a company director and an operations manager)
  • Derbyshire Community Transport (board member)
  • The leader of Amber Valley Borough Council
  • Belper Town Council
  • Women's Institute (currently have a bus campaign)
  • Accessible Belper
  • Transition Belper (transport & Travel Group)
Derbyshire County Council have been invited as well as other bus companies and it is to be hoped that they will be able to attend.

All welcome at the meeting