- Hope Valley Line
The Hope Valley Line is a
railway linein Englandlinking Sheffieldwith Manchester. It was completed in 1894.
From Sheffield, trains head down the
Midland Main Lineto Dore, where the Hope Valley Line branches off to run through the Totley Tunnel(the second longest in England).
It emerges in the stunning scenery of the
Hope Valleyof Derbyshire, where it passes through the railway stations of Grindleford, Hathersage, Bamford, Hope, and Edalebefore entering the two-mile-long Cowburn Tunnel.
From the western portal of the tunnel, the line runs through
Chinley, then splits. The northern branch runs via New Millstoward Manchester Piccadilly. The southern branch passes through the Disley Tunnelbefore merging with the Buxtonline and then heading to Stockport to join the main line to Manchester.
Passenger services on the line are currently operated by
Northern Rail(previously First North Western), East Midlands Trains(previously Central Trains) and TransPennine Express.
heffield and Midland Joint Section
This section was built by the
Sheffield and Midland Railway Companies' Committeeas part of the Midland Railway's drive to reach Manchester with its line from Londonvia Ambergate and Millers Dale. Initially, in 1867, it joined the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railwayat Hyde Junction, running into Manchester London Road, but in 1875a more direct route was built through Bredbury. When Manchester Central was opened by the Cheshire Lines Committee, a new line was built through Heaton Mersey. This third route was closed along with Manchester Central, apart from the section through Disley Tunnelto Hazel Grove, where it now joins the old LNWR line into Stockport.
Dore and Chinley
1872, the Midland Railway's only route from Sheffield to Manchester was via Ambergate. It had originally proposed a line to run from Dore to Hassopmeeting its extension from Rowsleyto Buxton. However, the "Dore and Chinley Railway" was floated independently in 1872, and unsuccessfully, until the Midland took an interest, since it would provide a more direct route, connecting through Chinley into Manchester. The line was authorised in 1884and work began in 1888.
The convert|21|mi|km|0 long line took six years to build. The terrain through Hope Valley and
Edalewas easy enough by Midland standards, but at each end there were formidable obstacles, negotiated by means of the Totley and Cowburn Tunnels.
At the time of the Beeching review the line was running in competition with the recently modernised route through the
Woodhead Tunnel, and its closure was suggested. On appeal, British Rail were required to keep the Hope Valley line open to passenger traffic, and so instead shut the Woodhead route to passengers (and then subsequently to freight also).
Nottingham County Council in partnership with the Department for Transport are investigating the possibility of adding a additional service which diverts Sheffield in order to improve the journey time between Nottingham and Manchester, it currently takes 115 minutes but the council believes it could be cut to 90 by 2012. Improvements to allow faster speeds on a 2.5-mile stretch near Stockport could also shave two to three minutes off. [cite web|url=http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=134487&command=displayContent&sourceNode=134482&contentPK=20380020&folderPk=78489&pNodeId=134461|title=125MPH TRAINS TO CUT JOURNEY TIMES|date=
April 12 2008|publisher=Nottingham Evening Post]
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