Local leaders shine the spotlight on sustainable transport for UK Tourism Week – Destination Chesterfield
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High Peak MP Robert Largan has joined Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire (MPDD) with local leaders to highlight sustainable transport during English Tourism Week (May 22-31, 2021).
Mr. Largan MP has joined Jo Dilley, Managing Director of MPDD; Andrew McCloy, Chairman of the Peak District National Park Authority; John Young, Commercial Director of Stagecoach; Sir Richard FitzHerbert, President of the MPDD; and John Harrison of Speedwell Cavern to highlight the Peak District’s new Hope Valley Explorer bus service – and to promote green travel across the county.
After a successful pilot in 2019, the bus operated by Stagecoach will run from July 23 to October 3, 2021, providing hop-on hop-off service in the Hope Valley. Visitors are encouraged to leave the car behind, take the train from Sheffield or Manchester and join the Hope Valley Explorer in Hope or Bamford – or board it directly from Chesterfield or Dronfield.
Attractions on the route include the spectacular Upper Derwent Valley in the Peak District and the fascinating Castleton cave systems, providing a great opportunity for visitors to travel by public transport while supporting the recovery of local businesses.
In an attempt to further boost car-free tours, a series of extended bus services have been announced by Derbyshire County Council for the summer of 2021, including new hourly Sunday services on the routes between Derby and Ashbourne; Matlock and Chatsworth; Sheffield, Castleton and Buxton; and Chesterfield and Bakewell. Some of the services are also connected to trains at Buxton, Chesterfield and Matlock stations.
The news follows the launch of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire’s five-year Tourism Rescue and Reconstruction Plan, which highlights the destination’s goals of leading the way in sustainable tourism, active travel and transport connectivity .
Led by VisitEngland, the annual English Tourism Week campaign – which this year uses the slogan ‘Here for Tourism’ – highlights the importance and vast contribution of the sector to the UK economy. In 2019, tourism was worth £ 2.5 billion to the economy of the Peak District and Derbyshire, supporting 32,000 local jobs.
Details of the Hope Valley Explorer bus and public transport across Derbyshire can be found at: visitpeakdistrict.com/getting-here.
High Peak MP Robert Largan said: “Tourism and hospitality are absolutely vital to our local economy in the Peak District and it’s fantastic to see so many public transport options available to visitors this summer. .
‘English Tourism Week is the perfect time to recognize not only the value of the tourism sector, but also the key role it can play in upgrading the UK economy, and sustainable tourism will play a huge role in the future success of the industry. ”
Jo Dilley, Managing Director of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, said: “English Tourism Week is a fantastic time to highlight sustainable tourism and the role it can play, not only in the recovery of the sector, but in improving public transport links for all. those who live, work and visit here.
“Assets such as Hope Valley Explorer provide a great way to enjoy green travel in the Peak District and Derbyshire, while also supporting the recovery of local businesses, and when used alongside the many fantastic rail links in the area,” they can have a pleasant and hassle-free day. outside.
“Our five-year plan to rescue and rebuild tourism sets out the sector’s new long-term vision and sustainable transport will be a key driver of recovery and growth. We encourage visitors to explore as many car-free options as possible this summer and to enjoy a beautiful green day in the Peak District and Derbyshire. “
Councilor Barry Lewis, Head of Derbyshire County Council, said: “I am delighted that we are able to provide more bus services in the Peak District on Sundays for the coming summer season. These services will benefit the local population and will also be linked to rail services from Chesterfield, Buxton and Matlock for those coming from outside the county.
“By increasing the offer of services, we hope that those who do not have a car will be able to visit the countryside more easily and that more people will decide to take the bus rather than drive. The increase in services also opens up the possibility for walkers to use them to connect to their walks, thus opening up additional possibilities for local people and those who come from further afield. Derbyshire is now well and truly open for business. “
Andrew McCloy, Chairman of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “We are delighted to be working with Stagecoach Operators again during the summer of 2021 to bring the Hope Valley Explorer service back to some of the most scenic parts of the National Park. He can drop you off at the start of a walk, take you to the heart of a picturesque village, or you can just stay for a relaxed tour of the valley in the company of a knowledgeable and friendly driver and fascinating commentary on board. .
“More than anything, you will help reduce the impact of cars on this sensitive place, reduce congestion and pollution, and help us develop more sustainable travel choices for everyone to enjoy.”
“We all need to think about the long term effect of how we move to and around the national park and the impact on local communities, our health and fitness, and ultimately the climate. The Hope Valley Explorer shows that there is an alternative to the car that is just as attractive and accessible. “
Phil Medlicott, Managing Director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted to support the return of the Hope Valley Explorer service, in partnership with the Peak District National Park, which is opening up a beautiful part of the countryside for people to see. enjoy in a sustainable way.
“This service is a great example of a partnership to encourage people to use public transport by connecting to local rail routes. As the country moves forward and people look to take short breaks or adventures closer to home this year, it is important that buses play a key role in supporting this and moving towards a greener, cleaner future for travel.
Sir Richard FitzHerbert, Peak District & Derbyshire President of Marketing said: “The Peak District & Derbyshire has so much to offer visitors and these excellent public transport services provide even more reasons to explore this summer – without the need to a car.
“From stately homes such as Chatsworth and Haddon to the caves of Speedwell Cavern and Treak Cliff near the beautiful village of Castleton, so many areas are easily accessible by public transport. After the year has passed, it has never been more important to visit and support local businesses and we look forward to welcoming visitors for a great season.
Throughout English Tourism Week Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire is also celebrating other green travel methods with a dedicated Cycle Week on its social and digital channels.
The Peak District & Derbyshire Marketing Rescue and Reconstruction Plan is available at: visitpeakdistrict.com/industry/about-us/rescue-and-rebuilding-plan