PEOPLE travelling between Leek, Ashbourne and Macclesfield are set to benefit from better public transport after two new bus services were launched.
The new 108 service will run from Leek to Ashbourne via Waterhouses, while the 109 service will serve Leek to Macclesfield via Rushton Spencer.
Both services will start earlier, running six journeys in each direction, with a more evenly spaced timetable.
Councillor Simon Tagg, cabinet support member for transport and connected county at Staffordshire County Council said: "This is great news for bus users in Leek and the surrounding areas, and will help keep our more rural areas of the county connected. Our vision for Staffordshire is a connected county and our aim is to help grow bus passenger numbers by providing improved services and better bus facilities.
"It's also important to remember that bus operators are also local businesses and part of the local economy. More buses on the road means more employment within transport operators and more people shopping/working in town centres which is good for our local economy."
Aimee's Travel, a Leek-based company that operates a number of other routes in the area is providing the new services.
Karen Clowes of Aimee's Travel said: "We are pleased to be launching new improved services to Ashbourne and Macclesfield in partnership with the county council.
"Wallbridge, Westwood and Rudyard all benefit from the re-routing of the Leek to Macclesfield services into these areas.
"With earlier and later services and new tickets for regular travellers coming soon, we look forward to offering better value to existing passengers and welcoming new ones to the service. Our regular drivers and easy access buses are already proving popular."
Timetables for the new services are available online at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/bustimes or from local outlets including Leek Library and Leek Tourist Information Centre.