Better service boosts rail line

NORTHERN Rail is to offer more consistent departure times and faster services from Buxton, in its annual timetable change.

They are standardising the timetable seven days a week from Sunday December 9.

Northern Rail and its partners are confident that the changes will benefit passengers.

However two commuter services, one in the morning and another in the afternoon, will no longer call at Furness Vale, decreasing the journey time.

Lee Wasnidge, Area Director for Northern Rail, said: “With more and more people choosing to travel by train, it’s important we put our partnership working with rail industry colleagues and local stakeholders to good use, by offering an improved timetable to our customers.”

The timetable changes have been developed in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), Derbyshire County Council and the High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership.

Councillor Doreen Dickinson, Chair of TfGM’s Metrolink and Rail Networks Sub-committee, said: “As well as a more consistent timetable throughout the week and a faster Buxton – Manchester service, the extra Sunday trains give passengers more choice when it comes to leaving the car at home and enjoying a day out by rail.”

Cllr Jean Wharmby, Chair of the High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership, said: “We welcome the speeding up the Buxton line trains, and the more consistent departure times.

“This will encourage more people to use rail. Passengers at the smaller stations will continue to benefit from a good service to Manchester and Buxton.”