I'd echo that and would urge people to consider patronising the 394 as a leisure pursuit if nothing else!! It's really nice to get the bus out over towards Glossop somewhere and walk back through field and forest. So many communities now would give anything to have access to a bus service which rolls through the countryside like the 394. Given a sunny day, it's a cheap and healthy way to appreciate the wonderful scenery we live within.
It's an excellent service for me as I live on the bus route in Marple and keep my horse in Charlesworth - also on the bus route - and I have my old biddies bus pass. However, I have one proviso. The Monday - Saturday return service finishes with the bus which goes through Charlesworth around 5.30pm and there isn't a service on Sunday, which isn't very helpful to people visiting Stepping Hill patients and means I still have to use the car to go up to do evening stables at 9pm
I make the journey twice or three times a day in each direction and it appears that the subsidy is based on the number of passengers using the bus. I have to scan my pass on Bowers' buses which was never done on the old Speedwell days - possibly a contribution to their demise.