Autumn’s moving along fast with still no news on the proposed merger between TrentBarton’s Buxton operation and Centrebus owned Bowers Coaches.
All of Bowers and TrentBarton’s services will come under one umbrella in the High Peak district of North Western Derbyshire very soon. Including the long distance and long established Transpeak service from Nottingham and Derby via Matlock, Bakewell, Buxton and Stockport into Manchester. Probably one of the most scenic routes in the country.
It’s a funny situation because from my experience of the Trent network in the early 1990s, Bowers routes are mostly former Trent routes. The 58 over the wonderful ‘Cat & Fiddle’ road to Macclesfield and the 188 & 189 to name a few.
Personally I believe a partnership between both Centrebus and Wellage could mean good things for the High Peak district. Better coordination with services like the 42, 442, 185 and 186 for Fairfield, Burlow is a good example, coupled with through ticketing, day riders etc. Plus if a couple of Welglade owned TM Travel’s routes joined the party, the 65 for example, this would create a handsome, fresh, brand new network!
One part of me finds it interesting and very exciting the formation of a new company, with a network radiating from Buxton, serving the High Peak but the sentimental part of me finds it sad to see the Trent & Bowers brand disappearing from the area. I suppose in the same way the previous generation did in seeing the end of the North Western Roadcar era too.
Hopefully we’ll have an update on the situation soon.