Buxton railway station

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This article is about the railway station in Buxton, Derbyshire. For the former Midland Railway station in Buxton, Derbyshire, see Buxton (Midland) railway station. For the Bure Valley Railway Station in Buxton, Norfolk, see Buxton (Norfolk) railway station.
Buxton National Rail
Buxton
Buxton station
Location
Place Buxton
Local authority High Peak
Coordinates 53°15′40″N 1°54′47″W / 53.261°N 1.913°W / 53.261; -1.913Coordinates: 53°15′40″N 1°54′47″W / 53.261°N 1.913°W / 53.261; -1.913
Grid reference SK059737
Operations
Station code BUX
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.225 million
2005/06 Increase 0.261 million
2006/07 Increase 0.264 million
2007/08 Increase 0.284 million
2008/09 Increase 0.301 million
2009/10 Steady 0.301 million
2010/11 Increase 0.309 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.298 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.289 million
History
Original company Stockport, Disley and Whaley Bridge Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
15 June 1863 (1863-06-15) Station opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Buxton from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Buxton railway station is a railway station that serves the town of Buxton in Derbyshire, England. It is managed and served by Northern Rail. The station is 25 34 miles (41.4 km) south east of Manchester Piccadilly and is the terminus of the Buxton Line.

Services[edit]

There is generally an hourly service daily (including Sundays) between Buxton and Manchester Piccadilly, taking about one hour. The service frequency is enhanced to about half-hourly in the morning and evening peaks. A limited number of trains (currently seven per day in total) work through beyond Manchester, running through to destinations such as Blackpool North, Clitheroe and Barrow-in-Furness.

Platform 2 is the main platform for arrivals and departures. Platform 1 is a departure platform by shunt move, which is usually used in early mornings by the first trains of the day which have been stabled overnight or when attachment/detachment of a unit to/from a formation is required.[citation needed]

Station exterior in 1965. The present station is on the left, and the former Midland Railway station, now closed, is in the centre of the picture.

Future[edit]

Network Rail has proposed, in their North West RUS, installing a facing cross-over which will allow platform 1 to become fully operational as an arrival and departure platform. Doing this will reduce the number of shunt moves.

History[edit]

Two railways arrived in Buxton almost simultaneously in 1863. The Stockport, Disley and Whaley Bridge Railway, heavily promoted by the LNWR, built its line from Manchester to Whaley Bridge and extended it to Buxton. Meanwhile the Midland Railway extended the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway from Rowsley. When the Midland extended its main line to New Mills in 1867, to bypass the LNWR, Buxton became a branch line from Millers Dale. The stations were side by side, with identical frontages designed by J. Smith with guidance from Joseph Paxton, each having a wrought iron glazed train shed.

The Midland station closed in 1967, along with the line to Rowsley, and the site is now a roadway. However, the line through Dove Holes Tunnel from Chinley is still used for freight, such as limestone from Tunstead, along with the old Midland branch into Buxton. The LNWR station now handles local trains into Manchester, using its line through Dove Holes and Chapel-en-le-Frith.

References[edit]

  • Radford, B., (1988) Midland Though The Peak Unicorn Books
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus (1953) (revised Elizabeth Williamson 1978). The Buildings of England: Derbyshire. Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-071008-6

External links[edit]

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Terminus Northern Rail