Sunday may have been April Fool’s Day, but it was no laughing matter for High Peak as the new merged bus company took to the road for the first time. Formed of 50 vehicles from Bowers Coaches and the Dove Holes (Buxton) depot of Trentbarton, the new identity will be the orange and blue livery of Centrebus, the growing secondary group that already reaches the county in the form of the Huddersfield Bus Company.
Pictured above is actually a bus from the Leicestershire-based operation, but you get the idea. The combined operations see a strong network based around New Mills and Buxton, with routes towards Macclesfield and Glossop as well as the former Trentbarton routes towards Stockport, the airport and Manchester city centre. Associated timetable changes from 1st April are fairly minor, but the long Transpeak express service from Manchester to Nottingham is split into four interconnected same-bus routes to comply with EU regulations on drivers hours: the section between Manchester and Buxton is now officially the “TP4”. Trentbarton tickets will cease to be valid by the end of the month, but details on High Peak’s new ticket range are still sketchy.
Here’s some interesting photos of the first few days from that there Flickr – as can be seen, there’s still some work to be done on the branding front:
- Debranded Skyline vehicle
- Transpeak 4 in Stockport town centre
- High Peak-branded timetable display in Buxton
[Image credit: “Centrebus 713 M113 SLS” by Ingy the Wingy on Flickr]