Hope railway station (England)

Hope railway station serves the villages of Hope and Brough in the Derbyshire Peak District of England, 14 34 miles (23.7 km) west of Sheffield.

Hope (Derbyshire) National Rail
Hope (Derbyshire) Railway Station.jpg
Location
PlaceHope
Local authorityHigh Peak
Grid referenceSK180832
Operations
Station codeHOP
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 58,744
2015/16Increase 62,282
2016/17Increase 62,874
2017/18Increase 67,142
2018/19Increase 68,820
History
Key datesOpened 1894 (1894)
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hope (Derbyshire) from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

The station lies between the two villages, around 1 km east of Hope, and also serves Bradwell and Castleton, the latter being a notable tourist spot, famous for its caverns and the gemstone called Blue John.

It was opened in 1894 on the Midland Railway's Dore and Chinley line (now known as the Hope Valley Line). It was reduced to unstaffed halt status in 1969 and has lost its station buildings.

The station was renamed from Hope Village to Hope on 6 May 1974.[1] The Summer 1961 timetable showed it as Hope (for Castleton & Bradwell).[2] At that time North Western and Pashley provided connecting buses to those villages to meet most trains.[3]

Just west of Hope the line passes between Win Hill (1523 feet) and Lose Hill (1563 feet). Also a short distance to the west is Earle's Sidings, the exchange yard for the privately owned and operated 2 miles (3.2 km) long branch line to the Hope Cement factory and quarry sited south of Hope village.

FacilitiesEdit

As noted, the station is unmanned; however Northern installed automatic ticket vending machines at the station in 2018 to allow passengers to buy tickets before boarding. The only remaining structures here are a lattice footbridge and standard shelters on each platform (only parts of each one are now in use). Train running information is provided via CIS displays, automated announcements, a pay phone and timetable poster boards. No step-free access is available to either platform.[4]

ServiceEdit

The typical off-peak service was one train every two hours to Sheffield and one to Manchester Piccadilly until 2018. This has now been increased to that seen on Saturdays, namely one train per hour in each direction; on Sundays the service is two-hourlyin the morning but improved to hourly in the afternoon.[5]

East Midlands Railway call here with the first service of the day to Manchester and also on the final return working. All other services are provided by Northern. A normal weekday service operates on most Bank holidays.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Stations renamed by LMR". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. 120 (879): 363. ISSN 0033-8923.
  2. ^ Table 186 British Railways London Midland Passenger Services Timetable 12 June to 10 Sep 1961
  3. ^ Official Guide to the Hope Valley 3rd edition: The Home Publishing Co.
  4. ^ Hope (Derbyshire) station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  5. ^ Table 78 National Rail timetable, May 2019

External linksEdit

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Coordinates: 53°20′46″N 1°43′44″W / 53.346°N 1.729°W / 53.346; -1.729