Chinley & Buxworth Transport Group
RECENT NEWS !
Following the presentation in Parliament in March 2018 of our petition by Ruth George MP, we had an excellent meeting about access at Chinley station at the Department for Transport on 19th June 2018 with Nusrat Ghani, Undersecretary of State with responsibility for access. Present at the meeting were Ruth George MP for High Peak the Paralympian cyclist Katie Toft Victoria and Michael Abbot-Fleming from Burning Nights – CRPS Support and Miriam Walton and Paul Tattam from Chinley and Buxworth Transport Group. We were able to present the Minister with documents that CBTG has produced, we presented documents on behalf of Peak School students, and also a copy of John Benson’s book on ‘ Chinley 150 – a celebration of 150 years of the railway at Chinley’.
It is no exaggeration to say that there has been outrage from local commuters at the cutting of TPE stops at Chinley. The issue was discussed at a well-attended public meeting on March 29th 2018 in the Chinley Community Centre where Ruth George MP and County Councillor Alison Fox were present; extreme concern was expressed about the TransPennine Express cuts to local commuter services (08.33 departure, 17.40 arrival) from May 21st 2018
Ruth George MP presented our petition for level access at Chinley on the evening of 12th March 2018 in the Chamber of the House of Commons. View here on parliamentlive.tv
Despite blizzard conditions (!), later the same week Ruth found time to meet with us for one hour to discuss High Peak transport issues.
Commitment from Network Rail to fund a feasibility study for improved access
There was a very positive meeting on 22nd January, with three representatives from Network Rail at Chinley station.
The C&B Transport Group stressed once again the need for improvements in maintenance and access at the station, and NR has agreed to fund a feasibility study for improved access. We were delighted at this outcome as we have been working to achieve this since an initial meeting with Network Rail in June 2016.
Chinley and Buxworth Transport Group
Who are we?
We are the officially recognized group representing Chinley Station within the High Peak & Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership. We are members of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACORP) and also a member of Rail Future, the UK’s leading independent organisation campaigning for better rail services. We are also a consultative member of the Derbyshire CC bus service strategy review group.
The group was originally established to improve travel services and facilities for members of the community as a result of the Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside Parish Plan. The group is entirely made up of volunteers and has no political affiliation whatsoever.
What do we do?
The Chinley and Buxworth Transport Group…
- seeks to secure improvements in all public transport provision in the local area
- represents Chinley station within the High Peak & Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership
- liaises with and raises transport issues with local and national bodies including Network Rail, Northern Rail and the National Infrastructure Commission
- brings issues to the attention of elected members of Derbyshire CC, High Peak Borough Council, the local Parish Council and the Member of Parliament for the High Peak
- campaigns for improvements to be made as regards ‘access for all’ at Chinley station
- campaigns for better bus services within the local area
- organises surveys within the local area in order to establish up-to-date data on people’s concerns and wishes
How can you support our work ?
- by becoming a Member of the group, offering your expertise to help achieve our objectives, attending meetings (if you are able )….
- by joining our email circulation list you can become a Supporter of the group and will receive Minutes of our meetings, updates on our activities etc …
Contact us !
Visit our Facebook page! @chinleybuxworthtransportgroup
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Unveiling of the New Noticeboard and Plaque celebrating 150 years of the railway at Chinley January 16th 2018
Almost a year to the day after the project was first conceived, the new noticeboard and plaque celebrating 150 years of the railway at Chinley station was unveiled on the afternoon of the 16th January 2018 at Chinley station by Liam Sumpter, Northern’s Regional Director and Vicky Cropper, Northern’s Regional Community & Sustainability Manager.
Carol Evans, Chair of the Chinley & Buxworth Transport Group welcomed Liam to the station and spoke of the station’s former days when passenger facilities and services were much more comprehensive; Carol spoke of the station’s continuing importance in 2018, and of the need for major improvements. Liam stressed how much Northern valued the work of station groups, and praised the enthusiasm and hard work of the CBTG not only as regards the Chinley 150 project, but also for its efforts to obtain step-free access to the station.
All were delighted with the artwork on the theme of ‘Chinley 150’ provided by students from local schools – contributions from Peak School, Chinley Primary School and Buxworth Primary school are already on display, and other students’ work will follow. The noticeboard and plaque was designed, manufactured and installed by local Dove Holes firm Leander Architectural and many people commented on the excellent job done by this specialist company.
It was great to see such a broad spectrum of support for the event. As well as local supporters, Parish, Borough and County Councillors were present alongside representatives from Network Rail, the Community Rail Partnership, Northern, a number of local station groups, the Railfuture organisation, and local Press. Chinley’s ‘Tea on the Green’ provided a warm, convivial venue and refreshments for everyone after the ceremony.
Railfuture Rail User Group Awards 2017
At the Railfuture Conference in Leicester on 4th November 2017
- The C&BTG won the Gold Award in the category ‘ Best New Group’ in the Railfuture organisation
- The C&BTG came second and were presented with a Commendation in the category ‘ Best Campaign ‘
We very much hope that the publicity this generates will help us improve facilities at Chinley for the travelling public…
In addition to the recent DfT’s consultation on the East Midlands franchise (see below), there is a further ongoing Government consultation on disabled access to transport which you may wish to respond to.
The website address is: –
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-transport-accessibility-action-plan Click here
2017 Petition STOP PRESS
The MP for the High Peak, Ruth George, received our petition to the DfT for improved access at Chinley Station from the Chinley and Buxworth Transport Group at Chinley station on 13/10/2017. We were delighted with the turnout for the occasion!
Local disability campaigner Chris Hughes was able to be present – but could not access the platforms. It was great to be able to welcome Railfuture’s Vice President Paul Abell to the meeting; Paul and his wife Shirley had travelled specially from Treeton near Rotherham for the occasion on behalf of Railfuture. The Buxton Advertiser reported on the event (see video) and we were so pleased that so many local people came along to support including High Peak Borough Councillor, John Kappes and Roland Strube from Sustainable Hayfield.
(The petition to the DfT for level access was launched at the Chinley Fete on the 16th July 2017. 854 signatures were recorded)
2017 Public Consultation on the future of the East Midlands Rail Franchise
The DfT public consultation has now closed.
2017 Public Consultation on the DfT’s Draft Disability Action Plan
This consultation will close on the 22nd November 2017 at 11.45 pm
2016 Station Survey
The full results of this public consultation can be sent to you by contacting us via our email address above
Here are the ‘headline results ‘ from the survey…
In total 443 people took the survey between mid-September 2016 and mid-October 2016.
Amongst the many strongly held opinions, the most frequently cited viewpoints were:-
- The need for step-free access to the platforms (68%).
This was followed by:-
- Better services to/from Manchester (49%)
- Better parking facilities (42%)
- Better services to/from Hazel Grove / Stockport (39%)
When asked to identify one issue that caused most inconvenience…
- 31% of respondents cited ‘negotiating the footbridge’
- 26% of respondents chose ‘late/cancelled trains’
- 18% of respondents mentioned ‘overcrowding on trains’
215 people chose to write additional comments on a huge variety of subjects and 95% of the comments received were very critical of provision at Chinley…
- “Parking is a problem – especially at busy times”
- “I commute from Chinley to Manchester every day – limited trains from 18:00. It would be good if this could be increased!”
- “On occasions I have had to help people with prams and carrying large items of luggage”
- “Easy access for disabled passengers is NEEDED. It’s a shame that disabled people I know use other train stations due to inaccessibility at Chinley station”
- “The trains used on this line are a disgrace!”
- “Chinley station is a valued asset but it needs better access facilities and improved services on the trains”
Why did we do a survey ?
The Chinley and Buxworth Transport Group has been actively campaigning for a number of years for a better deal for rail travellers at Chinley station. In 2011 the improvement of the shelter for passengers came about as a result of the group’s campaigns. More recently we have been instrumental in securing some improvements to the drainage of the footbridge.
It is however the urgent need to improve the very poor access to the platforms at Chinley that has been the focus of most of our work since late 2015, and in order to back up the arguments we make, we need to collect as much up-to-date data as we can about how people use the station and their experience of travelling to and from Chinley. Please see also the Passenger Assist details below ...
Access at Chinley station
We are making a concerted effort to get improved access at Chinley station, and are seeking stories of people’s experiences to bolster the campaign. Have you experienced difficulties gaining access to the platform? Are you put off using the trains because of the limited access? Please let us know using the contact details above.
Other improvements we are working hard to secure include:
- further improvements to the shelter to prevent it flooding and to reduce condensation
- better maintenance and weather proofing of the overbridge
- additional capacity in the car park
Do contact us if you have a suggestion or something to say !
Do you need assistance to use the railway ?
One key finding from ouir survey is that many people are unaware of the national Passenger Assist scheme. If you are disabled and cannot access the platforms at Chinley, help is available. Here is a link to the details on the Northern Rail website
Threat to local 190 bus service and to other local bus services
In 2016 Derbyshire County Council published proposals to cut bus subsidies by £4 millions which, if ratified, would mean the end of bus travel through Chinley from October 2017. The consultation process has now ended – click here for the link to the information that Derbyshire CC has provided :
- A member of the group regularly attends the meetings of the Accessibility Partnership. This is concerned with improving access to public transport and the integration of bus and rail services where possible.
- A member of our group is contributing to the Derbys CC strategic review of bus services (Spring 2017)
- The group is continuing to press for buses into Buxton in the evening and for existing buses to be timed so that they coincide with the times of the train.
- We have lobbied Derbyshire County Council to see if it is possible to reroute the Glossop to Chapel-en-le-Frith service through Chinley to provide residents with access to Hayfield and Glossop.
The schooldays-only 189 service (7.50am Whaley Bridge to Buxton and 3.15pm Buxton to Whaley Bridge) has been withdrawn
Relevant Research and Reports
The Papworth Trust has published comprehensive research into the problems of accessing the railway for disabled travellers. Click here
The House of Commons Transport Select Committee has recently published its findings on rail franchising. Click here – it has a lot to say about the role of Network Rail and the individual franchises (eg Arriva & Northern Rail), and a lot to say about what customers ought to be able to expect…
These are now available from Northern Rail conductors on Hope Valley Line trains.
GREATER MANCHESTER WAYFARER TICKETS cost £13; concessionary price is £8.00, and for children aged 5 – 15 is £6.50 . There is a group rate of £26 – up to 2 adults and 2 children. Children must be aged under 16. Proof of age may be required. Tickets are valid on the day of purchase, after 9.30 am, Mon -Fri or any time Sat / Sun. GM Wayfarers may be used for train / bus / Metrolink-tram travel around Greater Manchester, to Manchester Airport, and parts of Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire – but not Sheffield. Tickets may be bought up to 3 days in advance from TFGM approved outlets, and conditions of use may vary.
Detailed information, including maps and timetables, and conditions of use, are available from the website.
DERBYSHIRE WAYFARER TICKETS
The Derbyshire Wayfarer (click here) is a day rover ticket allowing virtually unlimited bus and train travel throughout Derbyshire for a whole day.
Travel between Derbyshire and Sheffield city centre, Burton-on-Trent town centre, Macclesfield town centre, Leek town centre and Uttoxeter town centre is also included (valid on direct journeys to and from Derbyshire only).
Derbyshire Wayfarer ticket prices from 21 May 2017
- £12.60 for an adult (plus one child under 16)
- £6.30 for a senior citizen (aged 60 or over), a child under 16 (a dog may travel in place of a child) or a holder of a Gold Card or other English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) pass
- £23 for a group of up to two adults and up to three children (a dog may travel in place of a child).
Once purchased, tickets are not refundable.
You can buy Derbyshire Wayfarer tickets in advance, or (subject to opening hours) on the day you wish to travel, from any of these outlets:
- tourist information centres in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton, Castleton, Chesterfield, Derby, Leek, Sheffield and Swadlincote
- the bus travel office at Derby Bus Station
- public libraries in Alfreton, Belper, Glossop, Heanor, Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Matlock, Melbourne and Swadlincote
- New Mills Heritage Centre
- Newbury’s News near Dronfield Station
- East Staffordshire Council customer service centre in Burton-on-Trent
- Uttoxeter Town Hall.
Derbyshire Wayfarer tickets are normally only available to buy at manned railway stations or on local buses. We are pleased to announce that we have been able to persuade the authorities to make them available locally as well.
Derbyshire Wayfarer tickets are now available in Chinley at Parmar’s Newsagents, 6 Lower Lane, Chinley, SK23 6BD. They are also available in Glossop at the Curley Cornet Café, Henry Street Glossop (this is by the bus stops next to the station).
Contact us !
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