Bowers Buses took over the 394 service for an emergency period to March following the collapse of Speedwell Buses in January. I have just been informed by Bowers that the subsidy provided by Derbyshire County Council will continue and that the company will continue to operate the service with no change to the timetable. Two new/newer vehicles will soon replace the two old buses which currently operate this route. I was also told that Bowers will merge with TrentBarton to form a new High Peak Bus Company in April.
With a bit of luck the new company may just think about the timing for passengers coming from Marple/Hawk Green who want to travel to Disley and Buxton. The 394 arrives at the Horse Shoe Inn at one minute past the hour, the 199 departs two minutes earlier at one minute to the hour. It is usually the case that the 199 is a couple of minutes late so a connection can be made but it is frustrating to be on or getting off the 394 and see the 199 speeding through the A6 traffic lights towards Buxton.
I think the Trent buses are considerably superior to Stagecoach Manchester (particularly because the drivers are so courteous, the seats are less cramped and the buses always seem clean because the seats and floors are not littered with free newspapers). If the service on the new High Peak 394 bus is up to the standards of the 199 passengers from Marple are in for a treat.