NEWS & EVENTS
- Our Annual General Meeting (2022)
Will be held at 7.00pm on Thursday March 31st 2022 at Hathersage Memorial Hall, Oddfellows Rd, Hathersage, Hope Valley S32 1DU. The principal guest speaker will be Sir Peter Hendy, Chair of Network Rail. Northern Railway’s East Area Director, Tony Baxter will also say a few words. Tony will be accompanied by colleagues from both Leeds and Manchester.
All users and potential users of our line, both out of and into the Hope Valley, will be very welcome. Light refreshments and time to mingle with our guests before prompt start with speakers at 7.30.
- New timetable (2022)
Northern are proposing a new Hope Valley Line timetable to start in December 2022. We welcome the proposal to provide an hourly service to all stations in the Hope Valley every day but believe that services at the start and end of the day could be improved. Please note this is an indicative timetable. It may not be possible for it to be fully implemented before Decembr 2023 after completion of the Hope Valley Scheme (see below). Our consultation response is here.
- Hope Valley Capacity Scheme (2021-3)
The scheme is designed to remove bottlenecks on the line and allow fast passenger services to overtake slow-moving freight trains. It should allow more trains to run on the line and improve reliability and capacity for both freight and passengers services. In particular it will
- allow an increase in the number of fast trains from 2 to 3 per hour
- allow a stopping train every hour
- allow for longer freight trains
The scheme consists of
- new freight passing loops at Bamford and Dore
- the doubling of tracks through Dore & Totley station.
The Capacity Order came into force in April 2018 and two companies – Volker Rail Story JV and Network Rail – are now working 0n the £137 million project. The work is now under way and scheduled to finish by September 2023.
- Transport for the North (2019)
In 2019 Transport for the North (TfN) officially launched its Strategic Transport Plan, which outlines TfN’s vision for transport investment in the North of England over the next 30 years. See Reports and Articles for more information.
- Station extensions (2019)
Grindleford, Hathersage and Hope stations have had their platforms extended. They can now accommodate longer trains with more seats. See the Network Rail Platform extension Programme for details.
- New Ticket Vending Machines (2019)
Northern has produced a video on how to use the new Ticket Vending Machines which have been installed at stations along the line.
- Walks from the stations
To allow people to make the most of the Peak District villages on the Hope Valley Line, Let’s Go Peak District and The Outdoor City have compiled a collection of five Hope Valley Train Station Walks that start and finish at the train station in each village. There are gentle ambles that are 4-5 miles long, to more challenging hikes of 7-8 miles.
- Friends of Stations
Each station on the line has a Friends group. Click on the links to other websites or Facebook pages to see what they are doing: