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Chesterfield railway station

Chesterfield railway station serves the town of Chesterfield in Derbyshire, England. It lies on the Midland Main Line. Four tracks pass through the station which has three platforms. It is currently operated by East Midlands Railway.

Chesterfield National Rail
Chesterfield Railway Station Entrance
Local authorityChesterfield
Grid referenceSK388714
Station codeCHD
Managed byEast Midlands Railway
Number of platforms3
DfT categoryC1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 1.565 million
– Interchange Increase 0.183 million
2014/15Increase 1.640 million
– Interchange Steady 0.183 million
2015/16Increase 1.731 million
– Interchange Increase 0.190 million
2016/17Increase 1.784 million
– Interchange Increase 0.192 million
2017/18Increase 1.859 million
– Interchange Increase 0.210 million
Original companyNorth Midland Railway
Pre-groupingMidland Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
11 May 1840 (1840-05-11)Original station opened
2 May 1870Resited
25 September 1950Renamed Chesterfield St Mary's
18 June 1951Renamed Chesterfield Midland
7 September 1964Renamed Chesterfield
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Chesterfield from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

The station has the PlusBus scheme where train and bus tickets can be bought together at a saving. Chesterfield is a Penalty fare station for East Midlands Railway services.


The first line into Chesterfield was the North Midland Railway from Derby to Leeds in 1840. The original station was built in a Jacobean style similar to the one at Ambergate but it was replaced in 1870 by a new one further south in the current location, when the Midland Railway built the "New Road" to Sheffield. This new station of 1870 was designed by the company architect John Holloway Sanders.[1]

In 1893 the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, later to become the Great Central Railway, crossed under the North Midland line 0.5 miles (800 m) south, at Horns Bridge, to a station two hundred yards west of this station. In 1897, the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway arrived, crossing both North Midland and Great Central lines at Horns Bridge with a viaduct seven hundred feet long, leading to a station at West Bars, near the Market Place.

Freight through the station with the Crooked Spire in the background in 1961

The line into Market Place station closed to passengers in 1951 due to problems in Bolsover Tunnel, the station remained open for goods traffic until March 1957, when it was closed completely. The station building was demolished in 1972. The Great Central station closed in March 1963 and was demolished in 1973 to make way for the town's inner relief road.

The Midland station was demolished and rebuilt in 1963. Most of the buildings from 1963 were demolished in the late 1990s, shortly after privatisation. Most of the buildings on site now date from then.

This station is currently owned by Network Rail but is operated by East Midlands Railway, which operates trains between Sheffield and London St Pancras International. The station was extensively rebuilt shortly after Midland Mainline took over its operation from British Rail in 1996. Midland Mainline lost their franchise in November 2007. The running of the station was passed to East Midlands Trains, who ran the station for nearly 12 years. Operation then passed to East Midlands Railway.[2][3]

Station layoutEdit

Platform 1 Facing South
Platform 1 Facing North

Entrance to the station is on Crow Lane and includes a car park, taxi rank and bus stop. There is also a small car park on the other side of Crow Lane which used to be free, but which now has a parking charge. The main entrance leads to the station concourse, which was built in the late 1990s. It includes a ticket office, a newsagent, a café and a waiting room. The concourse and the waiting room both have direct access to platform 1. There is also a waiting room on platform 2, which is accessed via a tunnel, using the stairs or lift in the concourse.

Platforms and destinationsEdit

The fast lines have two large side platforms, one for each direction. These platforms are covered for around half their length. The goods lines pass around the rear of platform 2, and there is a third large platform here that serves the northbound goods line.

Platform 1 is for northbound trains, calling at stations towards Sheffield, Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road, Liverpool Lime Street, Leeds, York, Doncaster, Newcastle, Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central.

Platform 2 is for southbound trains, calling at stations towards London St Pancras International, Derby, Nottingham, Peterborough, Norwich, Cambridge, Leicester, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff Central, Bournemouth, Southampton, Plymouth and Penzance.

Platform 3 is bidirectional and was opened in July 2010. As of May 2015, it is used by some services on the Leeds - Nottingham and Liverpool - Norwich routes at peak periods and during engineering works to reduce dependence on replacement bus services.[4] It is located on the down slow line, backing on to Platform 2, and is long enough to accommodate a 10 car train. Platform 3 had existed in a previous incarnation decades earlier, although it was a bay platform.[5][6]

Up express in 1957
Down iron ore train north of Chesterfield (Midland) in 1957
Up coke train approaching Chesterfield Midland in 1957

The building of platform 3 was originally planned for 2007/8 to go with the East Midlands North Erewash resignalling scheme and would have allowed passenger services to run on the bi-directional down slow line (goods line) from a new Chesterfield South Junction to Tapton Junction during perturbation or engineering work on the fast lines in this area. It would have also facilitated the turn back of trains at Chesterfield during the Bradway Tunnel blockade in 2008/9.[7] Work on the platform actually began in March 2010 [8]


A Map of East Midlands Railway InterCity services showing the current service pattern each hour

The 07:39 East Midlands Railway Master Cutler service runs to London via Derby and Leicester Mondays to Fridays providing a fast business train, arriving at London by 09:37.[9]

Typical weekday service pattern:

  • Northern run an hourly service between Nottingham and Leeds. This service started from the December 2008 timetable change. All Northern Rail trains call at Chesterfield.[10] As part of Northern Connect, this service is due to change route by the end of December 2019, with the northern terminus being extended to Bradford Interchange and running to Leeds via Wakefield Westgate rather than via Barnsley. Also as part of Northern Connect, some Sheffield-Hull trains will be extended to Dronfield and Chesterfield.[11]
  • East Midlands Railway run an hourly service between Liverpool and Norwich and half-hourly service between Sheffield and London, which occasionally extends to Leeds or Scarborough. All East Midlands Railway call at Chesterfield.
  • CrossCountry operate a half-hourly service from Sheffield to Derby, which continue on to a variety of final destinations; Glasgow, Edinburgh, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton Central and Bristol. Only half of these stop at Chesterfield.[12]

Based on the above, there are typically 12 passenger trains per hour passing through the station on weekdays (6 in each direction), with 10 of those calling.

Chesterfield railway station in popular cultureEdit

A pivotal scene in Frederick Forsyth's novel The Fourth Protocol (Hutchinson, 1984) took place at Chesterfield railway station, including on the station platform and ensuing action on nearby streets.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit

Chesterfield was, at one time, served by three railway stations. The other two were

High Speed 2Edit

High Speed 2 trains will service Chesterfield. A branch off the eastern section of the HS2 line south of Chesterfield will route via the M18 running parallel to HS2, allowing trains to continue to and through Chesterfield to Sheffield Midland station. HS2 trains will continue north of Sheffield using the Sheffield to Leeds Line to branch back onto the main HS2 line north of Sheffield.[13][14] On 17 July 2017, the government confirmed a stop at Chesterfield after approval of the M18/Eastern Route.[15]


  1. ^ "The Sheffield and Chesterfield District Railway. The New stations". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. British Newspaper Archive. 13 April 1869. Retrieved 12 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  2. ^ "Department for Transport announces winner of East Midlands franchise". Department for Transport. 22 June 2007. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 2010-08-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Dad's Day Out - 22/6/55".
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Route 19 Midland Main Line and East Midlands" (PDF). Network Rail. March 2007.
  8. ^ "Network Rail - Page not found".
  9. ^ "Route1TableDec08" (PDF). East Midlands Trains. 14 December 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
  10. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2016 Edition, Table 34 (Network Rail)
  11. ^ "Northern franchise improvements".
  12. ^ GB National Rail Timetable May 2016 Edition, Table 51 (Network Rail)
  13. ^ "HS2 Phase 2b: Sheffield and South Yorkshire Report 2016". GOV.UK.
  14. ^ "HS2 change threatens newly-built homes". 7 July 2016 – via
  15. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: HS2 route through Derbyshire is confirmed".

External linksEdit

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Coordinates: 53°14′17.6″N 1°25′11″W / 53.238222°N 1.41972°W / 53.238222; -1.41972