Peartree railway station

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Peartree National Rail
Peartree
Peartree railway station
Location
Place Pear Tree
Local authority Derby City Council
Grid reference SK356335
Operations
Station code PEA
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Increase 1,415
2005/06 Increase 1,344
2006/07 Decrease 1,072
2007/08 Increase 1,271
2008/09 Increase 1,678
2009/10 Increase 2,810
2010/11 Decrease 2,274
2011/12 Increase 2,756
2012/13 Increase 3,234
History
Original company Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping LMS
12 August 1839 Opened as Pear Tree and Normanton
4 March 1968 Closed
4 October 1976 Reopened and renamed Peartree
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Peartree from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Peartree railway station is a railway station serving the districts of Pear Tree, Normanton and Osmaston in the city of Derby, England. It is one of only two stations remaining open in the city other than the main Derby Midland Station, and is situated about one mile south of there on the main line to Birmingham. For a short period Derby - Birmingham local services called at the station, but now Peartree is on the Derby - Stoke on Trent - Crewe service, provided by East Midlands Trains. The station is now served (on Mondays to Saturdays) by two trains each way on the Crewe to Derby Line which is also a Community rail line known as the North Staffordshire line. The station is owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains (EMT) Train Operating Company (TOC).

History[edit]

Originally called Pear Tree and Normanton, it was one of the original stations of the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway, opening on 12 August 1839. In 1868, a branch line to Melbourne was opened, diverging from the main line at Melbourne Junction immediately south of the station. This branch had been wholly closed to passenger traffic by 1930, and the diminished importance of Pear Tree and Normanton station as a result contributed to its closure on 4 March 1968.

On 4 October 1976, the branch line was partially reopened as far as Sinfin in order to transport workers to and from the Rolls-Royce plant there. As a result, the newly renamed Peartree station (note alternative spelling) was once again in use. Whereas Sinfin North was within Rolls-Royce property and hence accessible only to employees, Peartree and Sinfin Central had public access. Although the Sinfin branch was closed to passengers in 1998, Peartee has remained open as a result of its location on the main line. As a small suburban halt, main line services rarely stop here and the station is little used by passengers.

Facilities[edit]

Access to the platforms is from Osmaston Park Road (part of the A5111 Derby ring road), which crosses the line immediately to the south of the station, and through a locked gate which is opened for passengers who use the provided intercom. There are no station buildings or shelter, and the entrances are badly overgrown. In January 2007, the station was without signage denoting the location[1] and the platforms were in an exceedingly poor state of repair, but by April 2009 it had been refurbished with new lighting and new signs installed. As the station is unstaffed and with no ticket vending machines, passengers must purchase the ticket on board; the full range of tickets for travel are purchased from the guard on the train at no extra cost.

Services[edit]

Peartree is currently served by three trains per weekday towards Crewe and two trains towards Derby as well as two trains per day in each direction on Saturdays. There is no Sunday service. Trains on the Cross Country Route from Birmingham to Derby do not stop at Peartree though some stop at Willington (the next station along from Peartree).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Britain's most unwanted station?" - article and photos of Peartree at Railfoto[dead link]

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
East Midlands Trains
Mondays-Saturdays only
Disused railways
Sinfin North   Central Trains
Sinfin branch line
  Derby

Coordinates: 52°53′50″N 1°28′22″W / 52.89728°N 1.47285°W / 52.89728; -1.47285