Bus travel in and around Erewash during the pandemic

Published on: Tuesday, 12th May 2020

New guidance published on 11th May provides advice on how passengers should make journeys safely, following the publication of the Government’s roadmap and strategy for the next phase of the pandemic.  It urges people to consider cycling, walking or driving to help ensure there is enough capacity for those who need to travel on public transport to do so safely.  Details can be seen on our website.

Facemasks are mandatory on public transport from 15th May.

  • Buses: Temporary changes to the County Council-run Gold Card service – the county’s concessionary travel scheme for older and disabled people - came to an end on Monday 15 June.  Since March, Derbyshire County Council had given all Gold Card holders the ability to travel free before 9.30am on weekdays. From 15 June free travel is only available after 9.30am on weekdays.   With numbers increasing on public transport, space is needed at the beginning of the day for key workers and others to get to work.  Gold Card holders are still able to travel before 9.30am, but will need to pay for their ticket.  Travel will still be free after 9.30am on weekdays and at any time during weekends and bank holidays.  Passengers are also being reminded that from 15 June they will need to wear a face covering.
  • Derby Bus Station:  Derby bus station reopened as of week commencing Monday 8th June.  It works as a pick-up system only, with services coming into the City dropping passengers at on-street bus stops.  Derby City Council has said that it will be a phased approach as operators begin increasing their services across the city.  A number of safety restrictions will be put into place including a one-way system for pedestrians to ensure the safety of customers and drivers.   Passengers will enter from the Morledge and will leave via the River Gardens door.  Staff will be on the concourse to deal with enquiries .  The site will be open shortly before 8am and wil close immediately after the last service at 8pm.  The toilets shop and information office will remain closed.

    • Littles 9/9A has a revised timetable from Monday 1st June serving Ockbrook and Borrowash to Derby. VIsit their website for full details of the 9 and 9a services.

    • trentbarton is further boosting it services from Sunday 14th June as lockdown restrictions continue to be relaxed. The bus company is promising to be there when customers need to travel, as more people return to work and other activities.  The changes from Sunday onwards include:

      • black cat is coming back, with a two hourly service Monday to Saturday 
      • the two increasing to every 15 minutes, Monday to Saturday
      • skylink Derby and skylink Nottingham increasing to every 20 minutes, Monday to Saturday, and every 30 minutes on Sundays
      • (See the latest timetables)
  • From Monday 15th June, wearing of face coverings will be mandatory on public transport.  It is encouraged in the meantime.

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