Cromford railway station

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Cromford National Rail
Cromford
Location
Place Cromford
Local authority Derbyshire Dales
Grid reference SK302574
Operations
Station code CMF
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 13,633
2005/06 Increase 14,387
2006/07 Increase 14,497
2007/08 Increase 17,404
2008/09 Increase 20,514
2009/10 Increase 23,974
2010/11 Increase 31,096
2011/12 Increase 34,408
2012/13 Decrease 32,444
History
Key dates Opened 1849 (1849)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Cromford from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Platform 1 (northbound) with the booking office now serving a private business
Platform 2 (southbound) now out of use with its Ornate villa style waiting room operating as a holiday let

Cromford railway station is a railway station owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains (EMT) Train operating company (TOC). It is located in the village of Cromford in Derbyshire, England. The station is on the Derwent Valley Line 15 12 miles (24.9 km) north of Derby towards Matlock.

Description[edit]

The now unstaffed station is served by East Midlands Trains, who operate the service from Nottingham to Matlock (via Derby). For journeys beginning at Cromford, 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. Journey time to Derby is approximately 26 minutes. During service disruption, buses will pick up or set down on the A6 main road. Services are approximately hourly, Monday to Saturday, following service improvements in December 2009.

The station, and, in particular, the old Waiting Room, was the setting for the cover artwork of Oasis' single "Some Might Say".

Services[edit]

Services are formed using diesel multiple units of Classes 153, 156 or 158 trains. These call every hour each way on weekdays and every two hours on Sundays, with southbound services running through to Long Eaton and Nottingham.[1]

History[edit]

Originally known as "Cromford Bridge", it was opened by the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway in 1849.[2] This is one of the few stations on the line that has been preserved and is a Grade 2 listed building. It is said to have been designed by G.H.Stokes, son-in-law of Joseph Paxton. It is believed that Stokes also designed Station House (built in 1855), the extremely ornate former Station Master's residence opposite the station on the side of the hill as well as the ornate villa style waiting room, on what was the 'up' platform. According to English Heritage,[3] this is the original station building. The present station building on the opposite (down) platform was added by the Midland Railway at a later date

Willersley Tunnel, 764 yards (699 m) long is immediately north of the station.

Following many years of neglect and decline, a long lease on the main station building was purchased by the Arkwright Society, and the building has been restored and improved, re-opening as office space in May 2009. Station House, of which the old Waiting Room is a part, is now self-contained holiday accommodation.[4]

In the year 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010 journeys from the station had increased by 16.88%.[5]

Incidents[edit]

2009 murder[edit]

In September 2009, the station was the site of the motiveless murder of a taxi driver, Stuart Ludlam, by gun fanatic, Colin Cheetham.,[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 56
  2. ^ Truman, P., Hunt, D., (1989) Midland Railway Portrait, Sheffield: Platform 5 Publishing.
  3. ^ http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/detail.aspx?uid=76357
  4. ^ "Restored Cromford station reopens after completion of a £300,000 refurbishment". Railway Herald. 15 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Record Growth on the Derwent Valley Line". September 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Man found guilty of Cromford taxi driver murder". BBC News. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/police-uncovered-gun-fanatic-s-chilling-plan/story-11591776-detail/story.html

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 53°06′47″N 1°32′56″W / 53.113°N 1.549°W / 53.113; -1.549