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Bus service changes in the Staffordshire Moorlands

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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A number of bus services in the Staffordshire Moorlands are to be run by different companies.

Several public bus routes currently provided by Clowes Coaches, which is situated near Longnor, are to be provided by alternative bus companies as from Sunday, March 30.

Although Staffordshire County Council, which awards such public transport contracts, has not yet confirmed which bus companies will be taking over the Clowes Coaches routes, cabinet support member for transport Simon Tagg said: "We want to ensure people are well-connected wherever they live in the county and good bus services are an important part of this.

"When there is a change in bus operator we make every effort to make the transition as smooth as possible.

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"In Leek we will actually see an improvement to the 165/166 services with additional buses on a Saturday.

"The Leek to Cheddleton service will continue to be run by Clowes until mid-April when we hope to have a new operator in place."

It is understood that Clowes Coaches will be continuing to offer it's coach holidays and mini-breaks.

Clowes Coaches declined to comment on the changes. A 50-50 AUCTION is taking place on Saturday, March 29, in aid of Holy Trinity Parish Church in Oakamoor.

The auction is taking place in the church crypt commencing at midday with viewing from 11am. Admission is 50p and catalogues are available on request.

Items include antiques and collectors lots, brass silver, cut glass, carpets, china, pottery, small pieces of furniture and a Singer sewing machine.

All help is given by volunteers and proceeds will go to the church. Mr Derek Torr, a well-known auctioneer and his wife have agreed to conduct the auction.

The result of how much is raised will be reported at the church annual general meeting on Tuesday, April 8, to be held in the church. All support is welcome. A GOVERNMENT minister will be visiting the Peak District this month to open a new £1 million training centre for transport and logistics which is part of Buxton and Leek College.

Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP will officially open Buxton and Leek College's Skillsbase Training Centre on the Harpur Hill Business Park, near Buxton on Friday, March 2, where he will tour the facilities, meet local employers and sponsors and present the first two successful students, Rex Green and Dean Turner, with their fork lift truck licences.

Leading names from the world of logistics and engineering have already supported the training centre with generous donations of equipment. Toyota Manufacturing UK, has provided three brand new cars to give students hands-on experience with motor vehicle technology, along with support from Snap-on Tools and fork lift truck suppliers Briggs. Anyone wishing to attend can contact s.stubbs@blc.ac.uk. PEOPLE living in the Staffordshire Moorlands are being called on to help guide the future development of the waterways at the very heart of the nation's historic canal and river network.

The Canal & River Trust, the charity which cares for 2,200 miles of waterways in England and Wales, is calling for people in the Midlands to come forward.

Contact waterway manager Darren Green on 0303 0404040 or darren.green@canalrivertrust.org.uk. Details can be found at http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/governance/waterway-partnerships/waterway-partnership-vacancies

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