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 consists of a new freight passing loop between Bamford and Hathersage, and the doubling of tracks through Dore & Totley station. 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
Two companies – Volker Rail Story JV and Network Rail – are now working 0n the £137 million project. The work is scheduled to finish by September 2023.
At Sickleholme Golf Course at Bamford work has already started on stabilising the embankment before the passing loop is installed in autumn. In June and July new railway track will be put down at Dore & Totley station, before installing a new platform and accessible footbridge later this year.
This work requires temporary closures of the line, and Network Rail has planned for these changes to passenger services:
Dore & Totley, Grindleford, Bamford and Hathersage stations will be closed on:
Sunday 29 May (12am) – Monday 30 May (6am)
Friday 1 July (11pm) – Monday 4 July (6am)
Friday 8 July (11pm) – Monday 11 July (6am)
Friday 15 July (11pm) – Monday 18 July (6am)
Friday 22 July (11pm) – Monday 25 July (6am)
Friday 29 July (11pm) – Monday 1 August (6am)
Passengers are advised to check their journey in advance through National Rail Enquiries.
Dore & Totley station car park will also be partially and fully closed at different periods over June and July. Alternative parking spaces will be available at Abbeydale Sports Club and local businesses will remain open and accessible throughout.
Our Annual General Meeting (2022)
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: