But it is between Chesterfield and Killamarsh that the timetable planners scythe has been used in a significantly destructive manner.
Presently, there is a bus every 30 minutes ...
From the end of January, service 70 ceases to exist and Chesterfield to Killamarsh becomes hourly - service 80 stands alone.
A whopping 48 minutes. OUCH.
Surely such a negative change will deter passengers from even contemplating the journey? Then at the next change the service will need to be further pruned?
So what is going on. Take a look at a chunk of the current Stagecoach network map for Chesterfield.
LIGHT BLUE) currently run direct along the A619 to Brimington and Staveley with 74 and 77 as their companions. But examine the current service 80 (BROWN) and you will quickly see the cause of the extended running time.
fbb's knowledge of Chesterfield Corporation's route history is parlous in the extreme, but at one time there was a "Hady Circular" route 56.
So, to save money, Stagecoach has "saved" approximately two buses by withdrawing route 70 completely and a third bus that no longer runs on the 72 between Brimington and Chesterfield.
If fbb were a glutton for journalistic punctiliousness, he would explain in tedious detail what service 80a, which runs evenings and Sundays, does that is different from the 80. Think of it a slightly modified 80 to Killamarsh then the former service 71 into Sheffield via the "traditional" route. So on this map ...
Lest our sympathetic readers should be weeping copiously about the loss of an hourly service between Renishaw, Eckington and Killamarsh, there are other services covering the various bits, but not as frequently and not as conveniently for anyone wanting to make the through journey.
Chesterfield to Eckington via Whittington is covered by the half hourly 50/50a which also runs to Sheffield and has recently achieved gilded status; although the Gold-ness seems rather half-hearted.
But there is not much more to cut!
On Monday an occasional correspondent from Sheffield (Matthew) was in Swallownest Village and observed the electronic displays. In the Sheffield area Monday was Saturday, so the sign was displaying Saturday times or should have been.
Isn't technology wonderful? Hey ho, get out the sheets of crushed wood pulp with PRINTING on them.
fbb proffers calendric felicitations to all his readers!