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Matlock Railway Station is a railway station owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Railway in the town of Matlock, Derbyshire, England. The station is the terminus of both the Derwent Valley Line from Derby and Peak Rail who operate heritage services to Rowsley South. Both lines are formed from portions of the Midland Railway's former main line to Manchester. Through running is technically possible but is not done in normal service.

Matlock National Rail
Matlock platform southwards.jpg
Matlock Station, 2011
Local authorityDerbyshire Dales
Grid referenceSK296602
Station codeMAT
Managed byEast Midlands Railway
Number of platforms2 (1 National Rail)
(1 Peak Rail)
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 187,312
2014/15Increase 208,174
2015/16Increase 214,538
2016/17Increase 221,670
2017/18Increase 222.332
Key datesOpened 1849 (1849)
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Matlock from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
View from 1961 showing the original footbridge


Leaving Matlock Bath, the line immediately passes into the series of High Tor tunnels, 321 yards (294 m), 58 yd (53 m) and 378 yd (346 m) long on the east side of the river, cut into the cliff side. Crossing the river and the main A6 road, the line passes through Holt Lane Tunnel (126 yd or 115 m) before entering Matlock Station. Being cut through limestone, these tunnels have required a deal of maintenance over the years.

Originally called "Matlock Bridge", it was opened by the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway in 1849, the station buildings (designed by Sir Joseph Paxton) opening in 1850. The station is now grade 2 listed.

A double track railway line used to continue from Matlock via Bakewell and Millers Dale, with a branch to Buxton, and on through Peak Forest to Chinley and ultimately Manchester. This section of the former Midland Railway's main line to Manchester was closed to passengers in 1968 as a consequence of the Beeching cuts and the electrification of the West coast route from London Euston to Manchester.

British Rail Class 104 BRCW dmu in 1975 with Riber Castle in background.

The last day of operation beyond Matlock was on Saturday 29 June 1968 (two months before regular mainline steam was fully abolished).

Recent historyEdit

Part of the route north of Matlock is now preserved as a heritage railway by the railway preservation group Peak Rail.

At present, the heritage line operates for a distance of a little under 3 12 miles (5.6 km) from Rowsley South through Darley Dale and nearby Matlock Riverside and terminates at Matlock station in the former Down platform, interchanging there with rail services on the Derwent Valley Line.[1]

Before 2004, former train operating company Midland Mainline ran through services into London St Pancras whilst Central Trains have previously run trains to/from Birmingham New Street. A period of through running to/from Nottingham via Derby began in late 2008 and since May 2015 most weekday trains have run to/from Newark Castle via Derby and Nottingham.[2] Weekend services continued to start/end at Nottingham for another year but from May 2016 most Saturday services were extended to Newark Castle, leaving Sunday the only day with no direct service between Matlock and Newark.

Work within the adjacent Cawdor Quarry resulted in a new superstore for Matlock being opened in 2007, and several hundred new homes are planned to be located nearby. Matlock bus station has also been relocated so as to be adjacent to the railway station, thus giving Matlock a true transport interchange. In the year 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010 journeys from the station had increased by 40.70%.[3]

The full range of tickets for travel for any destination in the country are purchased from the guard on the train at no extra cost, however in June 2009, an automatic ticket machine was installed on the platform, enabling passengers to buy or collect tickets bought in advance.

Station layoutEdit

The station has two platforms. The former up platform is used by the Derwent Valley Line while the former down platform is used by Peak Rail. The Network Rail platform is accessed from the station car park while the Peak Rail platform is accessed by a small ramp at the north end connecting to a footpath alongside the station. A footbridge at the south end of the station connects the footpath to the car park. The station building (which is located on the former up platform) is occupied by Peak Rail's transport book shop.

The track in the Network Rail platform is connected at both ends while the track in the Peak Rail platform is only connected at the north end. To the north of the station is a run-round loop for Network Rail engineering trains. One line of this loop also serves as the access route for Peak Rail trains to run into the station.

Matlock station, 2005


The station is served by East Midlands Railway. There is a basic hourly service from Newark Castle to Matlock via Derby and Nottingham on weekdays and Saturdays, although a few early and late trains run only as far as Derby or Nottingham. There is a two hourly service from Nottingham to Matlock via Derby on Sundays. [4]

Services are formed using diesel multiple units of Classes 153, 156 or 158.


  1. ^ "Photo: Peak Rail engine alongside East Midlands train". Railway Herald. July 2011. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved September 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ "Extra trains to run between Nottingham and Newark starting on Monday". 17 May 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Record Growth on the Derwent Valley Line". September 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Timetable from May 2016" (PDF). East Midlands Trains. May 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016.

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