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About the High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership

At its simplest, the High Peak & Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership (HP&HVCRP) can be described as an alliance which brings together residents, community interest groups, local councils and train companies who share a common interest in promoting and developing the stations and passenger train services in and around the Peak District area of North Derbyshire, East Cheshire and a tiny bit of Sheffield at Dore & Totley Station.

The partnership area covers the Buxton – Manchester Line from Buxton as far as Disley; also the three Derbyshire stations on the Hadfield/Glossop – Manchester Line at Hadfield, Glossop and Dinting; and finally the Sheffield – Manchester Line between Dore & Totley Station and New Mills Central Station.

This website www.peakdistrictbytrain.org is published by the High Peak & Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership and more information about us can be obtained from it’s two part-time Project Officers, Andrew Walker and Catherine Croney, by emailing us at info@peakdistrictbytrain.org

The role of the project officers is to work out in the community supporting and advising the wonderful volunteers who belong to the many ‘Friends of XXXXX Station’ groups who have “adopted” their local station, and look after it and nurture it, regarding it as a key gateway for residents and visitors into their community. Further information on the work of each station friends’ group can be found on the page for each station.

The community rail partnership has strong working relationships with the community rail managers and local staff of all the train companies who operate in the Peak District area. We work closely with them and the station friends volunteers on joint projects to improve the station environment; to improve passenger facilities; to reach out into our communities to engage with people who have limited knowledge or access to the rail network; we comment on proposed timetable changes and other train company initiatives; and we put forward ideas and information for developing our local train services.

Funding for community rail projects

Our partnership has access to various sources of grant money to enable it and its members to fund work at stations and for rail-related projects with local community groups. For example, most of the train companies have community rail grants available, as does the Community Rail Network which we are members of, and the Dept. for Transport, and occasionally there are grants available from local councils for community groups which can be used to deliver projects in connection with, or at, stations.

Core funding to support the running of the partnership and the work of the project officers comes from the following train companies and local authorities:

Like other community rail partnerships around the country, High Peak & Hope Valley CRP is recognised by and has the support of central government via the Dept. for Transport (DfT).

In 2018 the DfT published its new Community Rail Development Strategy which set out the general framework and headline objectives it would like to see the community rail movement pursue to help the rail network to flourish and better serve passengers.

And in 2019 the DfT formalised their backing for community rail partnerships by introducing an accreditation scheme which set out the standards it wished to see for managing and administering a community rail partnership. Our partnership is very pleased to have earned the accreditation mark and proud to display the official logo on our website and publicity material.

Further information about the High Peak & Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership is available by emailing info@peakdistrictbytrain.org

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