Northern Trains operate a very large network of train services across the north of England stretching from the Carlisle – Newcastle Line all the way down to the Manchester – Buxton and Manchester – Sheffield lines in the Peak District of Derbyshire.
Mostly Northern operate commuter trains into the big cities and the all stations stopping services on rural lines. Other train companies operate the long-distance express trains in the North.
The three key routes which Northern operate in the Peak District are Manchester – Sheffield “The Hope Valley Line”, Manchester – Buxton and Manchester – Glossop. On the Buxton and Glossop lines they are the only train company running services. However, services on the Manchester – Sheffield Hope Valley Line are provided by three train companies which makes the overall timetable a little more complex but results in a better service for passengers.
Most trains in the Hope Valley Line timetable are operated by Northern Trains and run hourly. These are all stations stopping services (apart from two trains on Monday – Friday afternoons which don’t stop at Edale). In addition, East Midlands Railway (EMR) operate the first Sheffield – Manchester all stations service of the day and the last Manchester – Sheffield all stations service.
TransPennine Express (TPE) make four early morning stops for commuters at Dore & Totley Station en route to Manchester and four in the evening en route to Sheffield. EMR also stop a few of their trains at Dore & Totley and Chinley, mainly for the benefit of commuters. For the rest of the day EMR and TPE trains use the Hope Valley Line for their express services to/from Liverpool and Manchester respectively.
Since September 2020 Northern started using their new Class 195 diesel trains on most Hope Valley Line services and these are impressive, comfortable trains to travel in and view the Peak District scenery from.
The Manchester Piccadilly – Glossop Line is operated by Northern Trains using quick and quiet electric trains, and the Buxton Line uses older diesel trains which have recently been upgraded to modern standards including wheelchair accessible toilets, wifi and customer information screens.
Northern offer a Passenger Assist service to help passengers with special travel needs and the team can be contacted at https://help.northernrailway.co.uk/hc/en-gb/articles/360006093758
Information about buying tickets, including special offers, can be found on Northerns’ website at https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/tickets and the direct link to timetables for each of their services can be found at https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/timetables.
The Buxton Line is Timetable No.20, the Hope Valley Line is Timetable No.23 and the Glossop Line is Timetable No.24.
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