Chesterfield railway station

Chesterfield railway station
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Chesterfield Railway Station Entrance
Place Chesterfield
Local authority Borough of Chesterfield
Station code CHD
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Number of platforms 3
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Annual rail passenger usage
2004/05 * 1.028 million
2005/06 * increase 1.044 million
2006/07 * increase 1.148 million
2007/08 * increase 1.181 million
2008/09 * increase 1.269 million
2009/10 * increase 1.329 million
Opened 1840 (1840)
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* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Chesterfield from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
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Chesterfield railway station is a medium-sized railway station, 12 miles (19 km) south of Sheffield railway station and to the east of Chesterfield town centre, Derbyshire, on the Midland Main Line. Four tracks pass through the station and there are three platforms.

The station has the PlusBus scheme where train and bus tickets can be bought together at a saving. In late 2009, Chesterfield became a Penalty fare station for East Midlands Trains 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 north in the current location, when the Midland Railway built the "New Road" to Sheffield.

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 a few yards west. In 1897, the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway arrived, with a viaduct seven hundred feet long, above both lines, with a station at the Market Place.

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

The Great Central station closed in 1963 and was demolished in 1973 to make way for the town's inner relief road. The line into Market Place station closed in 1951 due to problems in Bolsover Tunnel, the station building was demolished in the 1970s. The Midland station was demolished and rebuilt in 1963. Most of the buildings from 1963 were demolished in the late 90s, shortly after privatisation and most of the buildings on site now date from then.

This station is currently owned by Network Rail but is operated by East Midlands Trains, which operates trains between Sheffield and London St Pancras International, and is part of the Stagecoach Group. 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 therefore passed onto East Midlands Trains.[1]

Station layout

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 does not have a parking charge. The main entrance leads to the station concourse, which is very spacious and 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 destinations

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 southbound 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. At present it has no regular services and is used during engineering works to reduce dependence on replacement bus services.[2] It is located on the down slow line, backing on to Platform 2, and long enough to accommodate a 10 car train. Platform 3 had existed in a previous incarnation decades earlier, although it was a bay platform.[3][4]

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.[5] Work on the platform actually began in March 2010 [6]


A Map of East Midlands Trains InterCity services showing the current service pattern each hour
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
East Midlands Trains
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East Midlands Trains
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Northern Rail
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The 07:39 East Midlands Trains Master Cutler service runs to London via Derby and Leicester Mondays to Fridays providing a fast business train, arriving at London by 09:37.[7]

Typical weekday service pattern:

  • Northern Rail run an hourly service between Nottingham and Leeds. This service started from the December 2008 timetable change. All Northern Rail trains call at Chesterfield.
  • East Midlands Trains run an hourly service between Liverpool and Norwich and twice-hourly service between Sheffield and London, which occasionally extends to Leeds or Scarborough. All southbound trains stop, but one of the northbound services from London does not.
  • Cross Country Trains operate a twice-hourly service from Sheffield to Derby, which continue on to a variety of final destinations; Glasgow, Edinburgh, Plymouth, Bournemouth and Bristol. Only half of these stop at Chesterfield.

Based on the above, there are typically 12 trains per hour passing though the station on weekdays (6 in each direction), with 9 of those calling.

See also

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


External links

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

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