Visit New Mills Arts Festival by train
9th - 25th September 2016
Mills Festival is a two week annual celebration of community
spirit through a diverse range of activities from talks and
walks to concerts, gigs, exhibitions, trails, quizzes and
performances with a spectacular lantern procession through
The Torrs Gorge ending in a Community Street Party in the
centre of town.
than 150 artists and 67 venues turn the town into a gallery!
Artists from across the UK display their work in windows
across New Mills for the duration of the two week festival.
visit New Mills by train and leave the car at home?
town is well-served by Northern Trains and benefits from two
railway stations. Use New Mills Central Station on the
Manchester Piccadilly – Sheffield line and New Mills Newtown
Station on the Manchester Piccadilly – Buxton line.
timetables and fare information is available on the Northern
this link to view the New Mills Festival website for further
Improved Sunday train service on the Hope Valley Line
train service has been extended this year by Northern to
operate for an extra month until the end of October. An
additional round trip has been added to the Sunday
timetable, meaning that an All Stations Stopping Train will
now run every hour from Manchester Piccadilly between 07.44
and 17.40; and from Sheffield every hour between 09.14 and
19.14. (Additional trains run later in the evening but not
full Sunday timetable for the Hope Valley Line can be viewed
on the Northern website at
Some examples of ticket prices are:
Manchester Piccadilly – Edale
Adult Off-Peak Day Return Ticket £11.10
Sheffield – Edale
Adult Off-Peak Day Return Ticket £ 8.40
Manchester Piccadilly – Hathersage
Adult Off-Peak Day Return Ticket £11.20
Sheffield – Hathersage
Adult Off-Peak Day Return Ticket £ 5.60
On Saturday’s the train service is better with an All
Stations Stopping Train running every hour from Manchester
Piccadilly between 05.46 and 18.49; and from Sheffield
between 06.20 and 20.35. Additional trains run later in the
evening but not every hour. Ticket prices on Saturday’s are
the same as stated above.
Beautiful Edale on the Hope Valley Line
News from Arriva about the new Northern
Since the big
announcement on December 9th that Arriva Rail North Ltd.
had been awarded the new Northern rail franchise, the following is a
summary of what has been announced for the Buxton, Glossop and Hope
Valley Lines in the Community Rail Partnership area:
· A half-hourly service for most of the day between Manchester and New
Mills Newtown from December 2017
· From Manchester to Hazel Grove the service will improve to four
trains per hour from December 2017 and on Sundays to two trains per
hour all day
· Faster journeys will be introduced from Buxton through to Manchester
with 7 to 10 minute savings romised. However, there is no detail yet
on how this will be achieved if the same diesel trains continue to
be used on the line.
· The 3-carriage Class 323 electric trains used on the Glossop Line at
the moment are expected to be replaced by refurbished 4-carriage
trains in 2017. In turn, these will then be replaced in 2020 by new
4-carriage trains with more seats than the refurbished trains.
Hope Valley Line
· 17 trains per day operated by Arriva Rail North are promised between
Sheffield and Manchester in each direction. This is six more than
currently run in today’s timetable. It is assumed that the six extra
trains will not stop at all Hope Valley Line stations because Arriva
state that “All intermediate stations will continue to receive a
minimum of 11 trains per day each way.” It is also implied on a map
released by the Department for Transport in December that some
trains from Sheffield will run to Manchester Victoria, not
Piccadilly. However, there is not enough information yet to confirm
which trains these might be.
Also of interest to our partnership is good news affecting our
neighbours, the station friends group at
The Leeds to Nottingham service will be upgraded to become part of a
new “Northern Connect” express network and will be equipped with new
· The Hull to Sheffield service will also be upgraded with new trains
as part of the Northern Connect network and,
between the morning and evening peaks, one service per hour in each
direction will extend to Dronfield and Chesterfield.
Other commitments from Arriva
· Alex Hynes, Managing Director of the current Northern Trains
business, has been recruited by Arriva to be MD of the new business
when they take over the franchise on 1st April. He’s
credited with having done a good job over the last three years and
is highly regarded in the rail industry, so this is very welcome
news. It will greatly help to bring about a smoother transition from
the old to the new business.
· Support for community rail partnerships and station friends groups
is set to be stepped up under Arriva. They have appointed Professor
Paul Salveson, one of the leading figures in community rail
nationally, as their chief advisor and have committed to providing
more financial support annually, although we don’t yet know the
amount for our partnership.
· Ticket Vending Machines are planned to be installed at 243 stations
with annual footfall above 3,000 passengers, so this should include
all of ours which currently don’t have one.
· The Mobile Ticketing project already started by Northern Trains will
continue to be rolled out so that our lines and all remaining routes
will be included soon.
The new franchise is built around growing the passenger
numbers and maximising revenue, so more people will be recruited as
on-board customer service and revenue protection staff.
News from First TransPennine Express
TransPennine currently serve a vital role on the Hope Valley Route
by stopping some of their morning peak and evening peak express
trains at Chinley and Dore on Mondays to Saturdays. Their new
Managing Director, Leo Goodwin, has already assured the Partnership
that these station calls will continue after the start of the new
franchise on 1st April.
Part of First’s commitment in their
franchise agreement with the Department for Transport is to
introduce a new fleet of 220 carriages across their network in two
years’ time. When these trains come on stream, the Hope Valley Route
will benefit because some of the displaced 3-car Class 185 diesel
units will be used to double-up our trains to 6-car formations.
The new Manchester-bound platform proposed
for Dore Station next year has been designed to accommodate 6-car
trains and the Sheffield platform will be extended to 6-car length
TransPennine are promising “a 7-day
timetable” across their network from December 2017 to reflect the
huge rise in demand for rail travel on Sundays.
Like Arriva, TransPennine are also investing
heavily in Mobile Ticketing and they have promised to launch a new
range of discounted advance purchase tickets with effect from May
Community Rail Partnerships (CRP’s) are
also very much on TransPennine’s agenda. Closer contact and
involvement with us is promised at a local level. Grant funding for
mutually beneficial projects will become available from them,
probably administered by the Association of Community Rail
Partnerships and Rail North.
Hope Valley Route Capacity Improvement Project
In September 2015
Network Rail applied to the Department for Transport for a Transport
& Works Act Order (TWAO) to gain permission to implement a route
capacity improvement project.
The work they are proposing to carry out if the
TWAO is granted is (1) the installation of an eastbound loop near
Bamford Station to hold freight trains whilst faster passenger
trains pass by; and (2) to install a second track at Dore Junction
from the Midland Mainline on to the Hope Valley Line. This will
remove the single track bottleneck at this location thereby allowing
more trains to run and permitting better time-keeping.
Also part of the project at Dore is the building
of a new platform for Manchester-bound passenger trains which is
very welcome given the continuing healthy rise in passenger numbers
– up by 5.4 % at 146,000 per annum in the latest Office of Rail &
Road statistics to March 2015.
The High Peak & Hope Valley Community Rail
Partnership sent a letter of support for the TWAO to the Department
for Transport in October 2015 as the proposed work will deliver the
capacity needed to allow the Hope Valley Line to have the
comprehensive all year round hourly service which the Rail
Partnership and many other local organisations have been lobbying
The latest news in March 2016 is that a
Public Inquiry will be held starting on 10th May so that an
Inquiry Inspector can hear the case for and against Network Rail’s
application for the TWAO. The Rail Partnership has registered its
wish to give evidence in favour of the Order at the Inquiry.
Following the Inquiry, the Inspector will draw up
a report with a recommendation to the Secretary of State for
Transport to approve or not approve the granting of the Order. The
Inspector may also recommend that amendments are made to the
original application in the light of evidence given by parties for
and against the Order at the Inquiry.
If the Transport & Works Act Order is granted to Network Rail at the
end of this year, work on the ground is likely to start in the
summer of 2017 and take about a year to complete.
Passenger Surveys on the Hope Valley and Buxton Lines
The Community Rail Partnership is currently carrying out a travel
survey on the Buxton Line and on those Hope Valley Line passenger
trains which stop at the Hope Valley stations. The information
gained from the survey will be used by the Rail Partnership for its
work with Northern Rail, local authorities and local community
groups to bring about further improvements to train services and
Thank you to everyone who has filled in a paper copy of the
questionnaire and returned it to the Derbyshire County Council
survey staff on the trains.
It is also possible to fill in an online version of the travel
questionnaire. Please click on either the link below to the Buxton
Line Survey, or to the Hope Valley Line Survey, to give your view on
the train services on those lines:
Buxton Rail Line Passenger Survey 2015
Hope Valley Rail Passenger Survey 2015
Once all the survey information has been
gathered in and analysed, a copy of the survey report will be
published on this website.
New Mills Central Station 150th
Anniversary Events during July
New Mills Central Station was opened on 1st
July 1865 and to mark its 150th Anniversary the Friends
of New Mills Station have arranged a programme of events during
For more information please open the
attached pdf file and visit the
Fun for all the family this Bank Holiday Monday 4th May
at Buxton Spring Fair
The Spring Fair in Buxton is all set to be a fantastic day out for
all the family.
There's a huge range of activities for the kids including lots of
favourites from last year - the donkey rides, climbing wall and
artificial cave up by the Town Hall, and the traditional schools
sports alongside 'scooters the race' in the Pavilion Gardens events
Elsewhere there's keep fit and martial arts, 'have a go' in a canoe,
golf experience, model boat sailing, games, circus acts and of
course ‘Connie Consumasaurus’ the totally rubbish dinosaur.
Spread through the town there's a glorious mix of charity stalls,
clothing and accessories, plants, arts and crafts, homeware and
There's a wide variety of food available: BBQs at the Old Hall
Hotel, the Cheshire Cheese, the Green Pavilion and the Hydro Cafe,
and on the Market Place a hog roast, fine Indian dining and artisan
toasties, plus a range of different stalls selling cakes and other
And after all the activities and the shopping, you can enjoy a
massage, or a relaxing drink, while listening to the music in one of
four performance venues -
the Pump House roof, lower Hardwick Street, the Market Place
and Bath Road.
Volunteer organiser Janet Miller says "The Spring Fair is all set to
be another fantastic day out for all the family. What I like most
about the Fair, is that for weeks beforehand all the different
organisations are planning their own stalls, coming up with really
interesting and exciting ideas, then on the day it all comes
together into something amazing. It's a real community event."
The official opening of the fair will be at 10am in front of the
Town Hall, by the market cross, officiated by Buxton's very own Town
Crier, and assisted by the Buxton Carnival Queen.
Parking space will as ever be at a premium if the sun shines and
people are strongly encouraged to walk, or use taxis or public
Northern Rail operate an hourly train service between Manchester
Piccadilly and Buxton. Details of the timetable are available on
their website at:
Details of local bus timetables and a journey planning facility are
available on the Traveline website at:
Further information about the Spring Fair is available from the
Buxton Town Team at:
Edale celebrates Pennine Way 50th Anniversary
The Peak District village of Edale is at
the heart of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the
Pennine Way. Britain’s first National Trail opened on 24 April 1965
with the official starting point in Edale, then running northwards
for 268 miles to Kirk Yetholm in the Borders.
The Moorland Visitor Centre in the village will be the focal point
for community celebrations over the weekend, with talks and
displays, demonstrations of local crafts and folk music. Sunday 26
April will see up to three guided walks of varying lengths and
difficulty, depending on demand.
Friday 24 April
From 6.30pm at Edale Moorland visitor centre:
Come along and share Pennine Way experiences with Pennine Wayers and
• Mark Wallington ‘Walkies with Boogie’, local author and Pennine
• Ben Kent ‘My Pennine Way – Why?’, local Pennine Wayer
• Ian Laing ‘The Pennine Way extension’
8.30pm raise a pint of Pennine Way Special beer in The Old Nag’s
Saturday 25 April
10am to 4pm at Edale Moorland visitor centre:
Nature trail activities, local craft workshops and demos including
art, felting, coppice woodwork, spinning, and flameless cooking.
Find out about the community science bumblebee project. Traditional
music from 2pm.
2pm at Edale village hall:
Join the third annual Spirit of Kinder event. Celebrate the Pennine
Way, Kinder Scout and the Dark Peak moors. Traditional singing of
The Manchester Rambler led by the Woodcraft Folk.
Open forum on future access. Speakers:
• Chris Townsend, BMC’s hill-walking ambassador
• Ann Beedham, Sheffield author and illustrator
• Chris Sainty, former secretary of the Pennine Way Association
• Dave Morris, former director, Ramblers Scotland
Sunday 26 April
‘Up the Old and Down the New’ three guided walks with rangers (5
miles, 9 miles and 11 miles). Details at:
Booking essential on 01629 816270.
Edale Moorland visitor centre is a 5
minute walk from Edale Railway Station. Catch the Hope Valley Line
stopping train service operated by Northern between Manchester and
Timetable details are available on the Northern website at
to Edale by train:
Thirty two lines across the north of England
were assessed by the Task Force and electrification from Hazel Grove
through to Buxton was assessed as falling in to Tier One – the
highest priority group – with the Hope Valley Line ranked top of
The assessments made in the report will be
used by the DfT and Network Rail in developing investment plans for
the period 2019-24 and will of course be dependent on the
availability of funding.
Clearly, even if approval is eventually given
to Network Rail to carry out the work on our two lines, it is going
to be several years before we see any groundwork start – but at
least we are on the radar!
base specification for the new Northern and Transpennine rail
franchises was announced by the Department for Transport (DfT) at
the end of February.
of the new operators are required to co-operate with each other in
terms of operating passenger services for the Hope Valley.
The Liverpool-Norwich service stays with East Midlands Trains for
the time being. Trans-Pennine will work with stakeholders to develop
acceptable proposals to transfer part of the service to
Trans-Pennine after capacity improvements on the Hope Valley route
have been completed.