Hope Valley 125th Anniversary of Passenger Rail Services

It is 125 years since passenger rail services commenced on the Hope Valley Line and, throughout the summer, stations in the Hope Valley will be celebrating this in a variety of ways.  Grindleford is no different, our station is festooned with bunting and the '125' display in flowers is growing nicely.

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Bug Hotel and Herb Garden beside Platform 2

To date, most of the gardening at Grindleford Station has been on a flower bed running along Platform 1.  However, over the past few months we have been planning a transformation to the area beside platform 2.  We now have a lovely bug hotel and herb garden, to give our pollinators and other insect somewhere to live and feed.

We are very grateful to our community partners in this activity:

  • Children from Grindleford Primary School, who designed the bug hotel
  • Peak Park Conservation Volunteer rangers at Brunts Barn (a Peak District National Park Authority group), who supported FoGS in the planning stages, offered up their facilities to be used for the design stage and helped with the build, then transported the bug hotel to site
  • Home Farm Trust, who helped us to clear the area of weeds (and who helped us in the early stages of developing the Platform 1 garden, too)
Now:

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Before:

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During: 


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Grindleford Primary School lend a hand at the station

On 2 July, Grindleford school children came to plant the cosmos, geranium, stonecrop, marigolds and sweet peas at the station. They needed lots of watering to help them adapt!  Many children are seasoned rail users, but they now have a rail itinerary direct from Grindleford to Moscow should England get to the finals of the World Cup this month.  (Tip: it’s via Strasburg.)  They showed impressive knowledge of plants and of stations along the Hope Valley line. Great to have so many youthful ‘friends’.

Photo (C) Grindleford Primary School

Infrastructure plans to increase frequency of trains on Hope Valley Line

Some good news for the Hope Valley Line as the Secretary of State for Transport has given notice of his intention to approve Network Rail’s Transport & Works Act Order application to improve train capacity on the route. The project covers building the passing loop at Bamford, improving the junction at Dore, and building a new Manchester-bound platform at Dore & Totley Station.  

This is welcome news for the Sheffield – Manchester route through the Hope Valley as the work will permit a third fast passenger train per hour to run between the two cities. This gives us the opportunity to lobby for one of these three trains to make a call at Dore, plus a Hope Valley hub station, plus Chinley to provide our communities with a fast service and all stations stopping service each hour.  

Further details can be found at:  

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/network-rail-hope-valley-capacity-order  

There is no information on when work by Network Rail will start. However, there is a related statement in the decision letter: “The development must commence before the expiration of five years from the date when the Order comes into force.”  


Source: High Peak & Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership