Need help travelling around in Buxton? These are the services available:
We now offer FREE bus travel on many Buxton & Leek College bus routes for our students.
Check which Buxton & Leek College bus routes are covered below. Those eligible for a bus pass are predominantly students taking a full time course/ apprenticeship, but please check at enrolment whether you can apply for and receive a free bus pass. You should receive a letter about free bus travel prior to enrolment that you can use as a temporary pass.
Buxton & Leek College bus passes can be used term-time, Monday to Friday from 3rd September 2018 and 28th June 2019 only for free travel to our Buxton and Leek campuses on selected routes. Please note that the free bus pass is not valid on most public routes other than the 199 and 58 whereby you can apply for a pass for those selected routes. For free public bus travel in Staffordshire please visit the Staffordshire County Council website
If you have any questions about this bus service or travel into College, please call 01298 330644 if studying at Buxton or 01538 322114 if studying at Leek.
Free Bus pass routes
Timetables are available here for each of the Buxton Unibus and Minibus routes:
- 2018-19 Buxton Bus 1 (Glossop, Hadfield, Hayfield, Birch Vale, New Mills)
- 2018-19 Buxton Bus 4 (Bolsover, Chesterfield, Calver, Tideswell)
- 2018-19 Buxton Bus 7 (Derby, Belper)
- 2018-19 Buxton Bus 8 (Littleover, Hulland, Ashbourne)
- 2018-19 Buxton to Leek Bus (Buxton, Leek)
- 2018-19 Cheadle to Buxton Bus (Blythe Bridge, Cheadle, Leek, Buxton)
Timetables are available here for the Leek Unibus Route and information about the Leek Minibus:
- 2018- 19 Leek to Buxton (Leek, Buxton)
- 2018-19 Cheadle to Leek Bus (Blythe Bridge, Cheadle, Leek)
- 2018-19 ASH – LEEK (Ashbourne, Waterhouses, Bottomhouse) – Students must book a seat for the year – Call 01538 322114
Timetables are available here for for the following routes:
These routes can be used free by applying for a bus pass for your journey to and from college:
Daytime and inter-site buses (free term time services for staff and students)
- Buses to Buxton Skillsbase / Motor Vehicle– Unibus Service
- Buses to Harpur Hill Sports Centre – FE Bus Service
- Buses to Oaklands Outdoor Centre – Minibus Shuttle (HE term time only)
Cancelled Hope Valley Bus Route
Statement from the Principal, Len Tildsley:
Although local authorities are responsible for supporting students up to the age of 18, the poor public transport from some parts of Derbyshire and Staffordshire means that travel options can be quite limited. Buxton & Leek College provides services to supplement public transport where there is sufficient demand. These services are heavily subsidised but rely on consistent numbers of students using them to ensure that they remain viable. Each year we review the routes we provide so that our already limited government funding can be used to support the maximum number of students. In 2017/18 the bus service from Hope Valley averaged just 4 students over the year and when considering the number of continuing students and new applicants for 2018/19 we had no choice but to discontinue this service. Although it is a longer journey time, there is a combined train and bus service available via New Mills. The College has offered to cover the transport costs of Hope Valley students through this route for the duration of their programmes.
Snow and ice
In severe weather conditions we will try our best to maintain services. However, in some conditions, side roads and back roads become too difficult to negotiate and we’ll operate a service with a reduced number of stops. If you’re in doubt, you can find out by checking the weather page or calling the Snowline on 01332 597669.
Student Centre: email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01298 330644 (for students travelling to Buxton Campus)
For those travelling to Leek Campus tel: 01538 322114
Buxton station is only five minutes walk from the Devonshire Campus.
Buxton has direct trains from Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly, via Stockport. The journey takes about an hour.
You can also travel to Sheffield, which involves at least one change. For timetables contact National Rail Enquiries, 08457 48 49 50
Traveline also provides local information on trains and other forms of public transport.
www.railcard.co.uk offers a ‘young persons’ railcard that could save you a 1/3 off your fare throughout the country. You can apply for a ‘young persons’ card if you are 16-25, or 26 and over but in full time education.
The Devonshire Campus has facilities for cyclists to store their bikes free of charge in the sheltered bays which are located behind the old gatehouse.
There are showers within the catering changing rooms that staff and students can use to freshen up.
We have a very good security record for cycling, however its always good to lock your bike securely! Heavy duty bike locks can be obtained from the security office at a heavily subsidised rate.
Motorcyclists are welcome at the Devonshire Campus. Motorcycles do not require a parking permit, and can be parked free of charge on site. There is a sheltered motorcycle parking area within the main car park.
Buxton to Derby bike ride
Each year, in June, we hold a bike ride between Buxton and Derby. Around 100 people take part, having great fun and raising money for charity in the process.
Student car parking in Buxton
If you decide to bring your car to Buxton please be aware there is no student parking on site, except for those who hold a blue disabled badge (which will enable you to obtain a parking permit).
We recommend you park in the Pavilion Gardens car park, which is around five minutes walk away on Burlington Road, near to the junction with St Johns Road. There is usually ample space during term time.
Getting a Pavilion Gardens pass
You can purchase a special season ticket at a heavily discounted student rate of £110 per year from High Peak Borough Council, otherwise reasonable pay & display rates apply. Access to the Campus is easiest if you park on the top deck, at the opposite end to the ramp.
We believe that the most considerate way to park is off street in the Pavilion Gardens.
However, if you choose to park on street, please bear in mind that there are traffic wardens in the area who will penalise those who park illegally.
By parking considerately we ask the following:
- Please do not park on junctions.
- Please do not block driveways or dropped kerbs.
- Please consider residents parking needs.
We thank you in advance for your help and consideration. How you park your car can impact people’s attitude and perception of students and the University.
Reserve a parking space
Demand for parking at the University of Derby is very high, to make sure you get a space you can now reserve safe and secure parking around the University for as little as £4 a day using JustPark.com. The University of Derby transport team have also negotiated an exclusive 10% discount on the cost of parking for students, staff and visitors. To use this discount just enter the code DERBYUNI10 at the online checkout.
JustPark is the UK’s leading parking website with over 150,000 parking spaces available to reserve online. They find their users the best value parking, including parking spaces on people’s driveways, in hotels and at private car parks.
Sell your parking space
If you have a driveway why not make some extra cash and list your parking space on the site too? Home-owners in the area make hundreds of pounds a year, and again we’ve negotiated an exclusive code to give students, staff (and parents) that little bit extra. Add the code DERBYUNI30 when creating your listing to receive £30 worth of free upgrades to help highlight your listing to potential customers.