New Mills Central railway station

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New Mills Central National Rail
New Mills Central
New Mills Central in 2009
Place New Mills
Local authority High Peak
Grid reference SJ997853
Station code NMC
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  81,551
2005/06 Decrease 77,644
2006/07 Increase 81,078
2007/08 Increase 83,717
2008/09 Increase 133,004
2009/10 Increase 140,558
2010/11 Increase 146,018
2011/12 Increase 156,248
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at New Mills Central from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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New Mills Central railway station serves the town of New Mills in Derbyshire, England. It is on the Hope Valley Line between Manchester Piccadilly and Sheffield. The locality is also served by New Mills Newtown station on the Buxton to Stockport and Manchester line.


In the mid-eighteenth century, the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway ran as far as Rowsley, and was extended by the Midland Railway to Buxton, in its aim to run as far as Manchester. The MS&LR also wished to extend southwards from its main line through Woodhead Tunnel to Sheffield, and had built a branch to Hyde. The London and North Western Railway meanwhile had constructed their own line to Buxton from Whaley Bridge (with a station at Newtown) which effectively blocked the other two.

the sign and canopy have changed since this 1970 photo

An agreement was reached whereby the MS&LR would build their proposed "Marple, New Mills and Hayfield Junction Railway", while the Midland would extend its line to New Mills from Millers Dale via Chinley. Passenger services began to Hayfield in 1868 and the line came under joint control as the Sheffield and Midland Railway Companies' Committee in 1870, while the Midland's line opened in 1867.

Whilst the Hayfield branch is now closed, as is the tunnel (though a stub of the old branch line through the tunnel was used for some years afterwards as a turnback siding for trains terminating here), you can still travel most of its route, along what is now known as the Sett Valley Trail.


The station lies at the junction of what was the Hayfield branch and the Midland line, the two appearing through tunnels, on a ledge blasted out of the cliff face, some forty feet above the River Goyt.

The buildings on the down side still exist, as does the stationmaster's house built in 1864. The London line from Millers Dale closed in 1967 and the Hayfield branch closed in January 1970, but the station still supports the Hope Valley Line local service from Sheffield to Manchester. Stopping trains from Sheffield formerly terminated here and those passengers wishing to travel onwards to Manchester had to change trains (most express services from Sheffield to Manchester ran through without stopping). This practice ceased, however, when through trains were diverted via Hazel Grove and Stockport in 1986. The station does, however, remain a terminus for many services from the Manchester direction — these can now return directly from the eastbound platform following signalling alterations in 2007 that also saw the remaining semaphore signals at the station replaced by colour lights.


From New Mills Central there is now a half-hourly daytime service to Manchester Piccadilly northbound on weekdays (hourly in the evenings) and generally a two-hourly service stopping service to Sheffield.

On Saturdays there is an hourly service to both Manchester & Sheffield. Sundays see a two-hourly service each way.


  • Radford, B., (1988) Midland Though The Peak Unicorn Books

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Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Northern Rail
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
  Midland Railway   Strines
Line and station open
Disused railways
Birch Vale
Line and station closed
  Great Central Railway
Sheffield and Midland Railway Companies' Committee
Line and station open
  Midland Railway
Sheffield and Midland Railway Companies' Committee

Coordinates: 53°21′54″N 2°00′22″W / 53.365°N 2.006°W / 53.365; -2.006