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Welcome to the High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership

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.
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14th January 2016 - Arriva Rail North appoint Alex Hynes to be Managing Director

 Arriva Rail North Ltd – the new owners of the Northern Trains franchise from 1st April 2016 – have today announced the appointment of Alex Hynes, the Managing Director of the current train operating company, to be their man for the job also.

The High Peak & Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership welcomes this news as Alex has already shown good skill and vision for bringing about improvements for passengers across the north of England. His appointment as MD for the new  franchise under Arriva will bring continuity for projects already under way and should provide a smoother transition from the old to the new business.

It is also notable that Alex and other senior colleagues of the old Northern team have been good friends of the community rail movement and willingly supported and attended several events in the High Peak and Hope Valley area in 2015. As the contract just signed by Arriva includes increased funding and support for community rail, the Partnership members very much look forward to working with Alex and his new board of directors during the forthcoming year.

Winning bidders announced for Northern and Trans-Pennine train services

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that the new Northern Franchise will be awarded to Arriva and the new Trans-Pennine Express Franchise will be awarded to the current operating company, First Group. Please click on the link below to read the information supplied by the DfT:


Both franchises will start on 1st April 2016.

More details about promised improvements to the Rail Partnership’s three lines will be published here as they become available.

Buxton and Hope Valley lines recommended for electrification

At the beginning of March the “Northern Sparks” report on electrification in the north of England was published by the Department for Transport (DfT). Click here to read more

DfT Publishes Northern Rail Franchise Specification

The base specification for the new Northern and Transpennine rail franchises was announced by the Department for Transport (DfT) at the end of February. Click here to read more

Evening Peak Fares

Northern have introduced restrictions on cheap fares in the evening peak. Please check with Northern.

Hope Valley

Network Rail are running a public consultation until 28th February 2015 about their latest proposals for upgrading the Hope Valley line. Details of the scheme can be viewed at www.networkrail.co.uk/hopevalley and there is also a dedicated email address for your comments: hubconsultation-hopevalley@networkrail.co.uk Please take a look and send them your views by the 28th February.

Partnership Services Designated

The Buxton and Glossop services have now been formally designated by the Department for Transport.  That is great news, and something we have been working towards for a considerable time.  This will give us access to additional funding and bring many advantages.  The link to the DfT website is https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rail-passengers-in-the-north-west-set-for-bigger-say--3


The High Peak and Hope Valley Community Partnership (HPHVCRP) is a partnership of Derbyshire County Council, Northern Rail, Transport for Greater Manchester, The Peak District National Park Authority and Cheshire East Council, along with  community groups which share the common aims of promoting and enhancing rail transport services in the Hope Valley and High Peak areas of Derbyshire.  The Partnership is hosted by Derbyshire County Council.   Much of our area lies within the Peak District National Park.

Through these pages you can find out about travelling to the Hope Valley and High Peak by train or bus to visit the area's beautiful countryside and great family attractions, you can even find out about accommodation in this scenic area.

Our pages are also for you if you live in the Hope Valley and High Peak areas and want to find out more about your local public transport services.
In particular, you can find out what the Rail Partnership and others are doing to improve travel opportunities within the area for work, college, leisure or shopping. Go to our News pages for the latest information.

To find our more about us and see the minutes of our Working Group minutes click on our About Us page. We are always interested in your comments on local public transport services and how well they meet your needs. Why not email us, or contact us at the address shown on the left of the page.