The Hope Valley Railway Users Group has produced a major report into the Hope Valley rail service including all contributions received from the 2011 residents survey. This produced an excellent response, from over 40% of households in some villages, of whom 60% said they would use the rail service more frequently if there were a better timetable. This suggests an extra 30,000 return journeys per year by residents alone. If tourists are added in, this could mean an almost 50% increase in usage.
Before the 2018 timetable improvements, the stopping service used to be one of the least frequent in the country, despite it connecting the major cities of Sheffield and Manchester through a popular part of the Peak District. For substantial parts of the day and evening, and all day Sundays, the trains used to run only every two hours.
The report is available in PDF form below (4.5MB download):
An excellent article about the Hope Valley line was published in Todays Railways UK and is reproduced here by kind permission of the publishers Platform 5 Publishing (3.2MB PDF download):