Matlock railway station

Matlock railway station
Matlock National Rail
Matlock Station, 2005
Place Matlock
Local authority Derbyshire Dales
Station code MAT
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage
2004/05 * 92,333
2005/06 * decrease 91,435
2006/07 * increase 91,808
2007/08 * increase 92,941
2008/09 * increase 110,548
2009/10 * increase 155,536
Opened 1849 (1849)
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* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Matlock from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
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Matlock Railway Station is a railway station owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains. It is located in the Derbyshire town of Matlock in Derbyshire, England. The station is now currently 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 main former line to Manchester. Through running is technically possible but is not done in normal service.



Leaving Matlock Bath, the line immediately passes into a series of 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/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 being designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, opening in 1850. The station is now grade 2 listed. until now, it acted as a single platform terminus until the former (down) side platform 2 reopened on 2 July 2011 allowing the use of trains of the preserved Peak Rail service to operate into Matlock itself.

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 (the same year mainline steam came to an end) as a consequence of the Beeching cuts and the recent electrification of the West coast route from London Euston to Manchester.

The last day of operation beyond Matlock was on Saturday 29 June 1968 (two months before regular mainline steam was fully abolished). Part of this route is now preserved as a heritage railway by the railway preservation group Peak Rail. At present, the heritage line operates from Rowsley South through Darley Dale and nearby Matlock Riverside and now terminates at Matlock station in the Down platform (2), a distance of a little under five miles (6 km). Having, (from 2 July 2011 onward), extended a further third of a mile into the Down platform (2) of the Main station itself, Matlock is now (currently) the terminus of the heritage line, interchanging with rail services on the Derwent Valley Line.[1]

Recent History

Before 2004, former train operating company Midland Mainline ran through services into London St Pancras.

Work within the adjacent Cawdor Quarry has 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%.[2]

The station building is occupied by Peak Rail's well stocked transport book shop.

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.

From 2 July 2011 onward, Peak Rail now operate steam trains into the "now fully restored 'down' platform (2) having signing a fifty year lease with Network Rail on Christmas Eve 2008 "almost 3 years before".[3] Reconnection of tracks have been made, the Down Platform rehabilitation is now complete, with the section finally re-opened on Saturday 2 July 2011.

Matlock station, 2005


The station is served by East Midlands Trains Local, who operate an hourly service from Nottingham to Matlock (via Derby). Services are formed using diesel multiple units of Classes 153, 156 or 158.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
East Midlands Trains Terminus
Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
Terminus   Peak Rail   Matlock Riverside
Historical railways
Matlock Bath
Line and station open
  Midland Railway
Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midland Junction Railway
  Darley Dale
Line and station open


External links

Coordinates: 53°08′17″N 1°33′32″W / 53.138°N 1.559°W / 53.138; -1.559

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