New bus company takes to the road in the High Peak

Not quite a High Peak busSunday 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:

Official High Peak website and @HighPeakLive on Twitter

[Image credit: “Centrebus 713 M113 SLS” by Ingy the Wingy on Flickr]


About James McCollom

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8 Responses to New bus company takes to the road in the High Peak

  1. Paul Sidorczuk says:

    I wish the new company all the best and hope that all goes well for them.

    I like the 3 photographs in your link.

    • James McCollom says:

      Yes, as always, thanks to the photographers for going out and about to record the scene for those of us who couldn’t!

  2. Paul Sidorczuk says:

    How about one of your “in depth” summaries of April 2012 bus service changes, as the TfGM service changes seems “flooded” with them at present and some could be a good source of discussion puposes on a new thread.

  3. Shaun says:

    I wonder whether High Peak will have any plans to expand more into Stockport and Tameside. Already have the 394 from Glossop to Stepping Hill, which is now being run commercially. It could be possible for them to go for some TfGM tendered work, like BakerBus has with the 372, 391 and 392/393 services, once the dust has settled on the merger.

  4. Watcherzero says:

    You might also want to do an article on the flood of Green buses from the two grant pools last week and the new branding for cycle services ‘better by-cycle’.

    • James McCollom says:

      Thanks for the article suggestions – hopefully I’ll have some time over the weekend to catch up with the backlog!

  5. Interesting how the High Peak Buses website says “Not for Public Use”. You’d think that they’d have it ready in time having had a year’s notice.

  6. Shaun says:

    There’s a notice on their Facebook page about launching a new weekly ticket from 29 April, so I do wonder whether the new website will be ready at the same time.

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