New Mills Central railway station

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New Mills Central National Rail
New Mills Central in 2009
PlaceNew Mills
Local authorityHigh Peak
Grid referenceSJ997853
Station codeNMC
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 0.205 million
2014/15Decrease 0.201 million
2015/16Decrease 0.198 million
2016/17Increase 0.209 million
2017/18Increase 0.219 million
Original companyMarple, New Mills and Hayfield Junction Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Central and Midland Joint Committee
Post-groupingGreat Central and Midland Joint Committee
1 July 1865 (1865-07-01)Opened as New Mills
25 August 1952Renamed New Mills Central
National RailUK railway stations
* 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 and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

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, 12 34 miles (20.5 km) east of the former. The locality is also served by New Mills Newtown station on the Buxton to Stockport and Manchester line.


The sign and canopy have changed since this 1970 photo

In the mid-nineteenth 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 Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway 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.

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 on foot, bicycle or horse, along what is now known as the Sett Valley Trail.


New Mills Central station, May 1980

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. A siding remains at the Marple end of the station to enable empty DMUs to be stabled clear of the main line.

The booking office on platform 1 is staffed six days per week, from early morning until early afternoon; outside these times, tickets must be bought on the train or in advance of travel. Train running details are offered via automated announcements, digital display screens and timetable posters. No level access is available - access to the booking office and platform 1 is via a steep ramp from the main road, whilst platform 2 is by means of a path and flight of steps.[1]


There is now a half-hourly daytime service to Manchester Piccadilly northbound on weekdays (hourly in the evenings) and an hourly stopping service to Sheffield.[2]


  1. ^ New Mills Central station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 22 February 2017
  2. ^ Table 78 National Rail timetable, May 2019


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

External links[edit]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
  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