- Dronfield railway station
Dronfield Location Place Dronfield Local authority North East Derbyshire Operations Station code DRO Managed by Northern Rail Number of platforms 2 Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage 2004/05 * 12,502 2005/06 * 14,882 2006/07 * 17,548 2007/08 * 17,710 2008/09 * 35,372 2009/10 * 114,552 History Original company Midland Railway Post-grouping London Midland and Scottish Railway 1870 Opened 1967 Closed 1981 Re-opened National Rail - UK railway stations A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z * Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dronfield from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
Construction of the Sheffield & Chesterfield line was authorised by the Midland Railway Act of 1864 but it was not until Monday 2 February 1870 that the line and Dronfield station were opened to traffic. Railwaymen know the line as the "New Road" as against the "Old Road" built by the North Midland Railway which took an easier route along the Rother Valley and bypassed Sheffield. The station is on the long climb up the Drone valley to Bradway Tunnel at the point where the gradient steepens from 1 in 201 to 1 in 102.
The station had single storey wooden buildings on both platforms. The main buildings, including booking office and staff offices, were on the up platform (nearer Chesterfield Road). The smaller building on the other platform contained a waiting room and a ladies' waiting room.
To the south of the passenger station, on the land now used as a car park, was the goods station with a brick-built warehouse and several sidings.
The station was closed to passengers with effect from Monday 2 January 1967, the last passenger train to call being the 21:41 Sheffield - Derby local on Saturday 31 December 1966. The station remained staffed for a year or two longer until the goods station closed. The buildings were demolished in June 1973 leaving only the platforms.
The station reopened to passengers on 5 January 1981 with a limited service at peak periods only.
The station is managed by Northern Rail, however, until 14 December 2008 no Northern services stopped there. A residents' pressure group, Friends of Dronfield Station, successfully campaigned for rail services to the town to be improved and continue to beautify the station and press for better facilities. Its president is local MP Natascha Engel.
From 14 December 2008 Northern Rail started running a new hourly Express Service from Leeds to Nottingham calling at Wakefield Kirkgate, Barnsley, Meadowhall Interchange, Sheffield, Dronfield, Chesterfield, Alfreton and Langley Mill. Most of these services call at Dronfield. Class 158 train units are used on this service.
A small number of peak time East Midlands Trains Local Liverpool - Norwich services stop, however Mainline services from Leeds, Sheffield and London run through at high speed, but do not stop. Interchange with Mainline services can be made at Sheffield and Chesterfield.
- ^ "Northern Rail New Leeds Services". Northern Rail. http://www.northernrail.org/news/45.
- ^ "Picture of Northern Rail Class 158 Route Learning at Chesterfield". Paul Greenwood. http://paul-greenwood.fotopic.net/p50297788.html.
Preceding station National Rail Following station Northern RailNottingham-LeedsSheffield East Midlands TrainsNorwich-LiverpoolLimited Service East Midlands TrainsLimited Service
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