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Matlock railway station

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National Rail
2019 at Matlock station - platform.JPG
Looking westwards in 2019
LocationMatlock, Derbyshire Dales
Grid referenceSK296602
Managed byEast Midlands Railway
Platforms2 (1 National Rail)
(1 Peak Rail)
Other information
Station codeMAT
ClassificationDfT category F1
Opened4 June 1849
2015/16Increase 214,538
2016/17Increase 221,670
2017/18Increase 222,332
2018/19Decrease 201,360
2019/20Increase 223,250
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Matlock Railway Station is a railway station owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Railway in the Derbyshire Dales town of Matlock, Derbyshire, England. The station is the terminus of both the Derwent Valley Line from Derby and Peak Rail who operate heritage services to Rowsley South. Both lines are formed from portions of the Midland Railway's former main line to Manchester Central. Through running is technically possible but is not done in normal service.


The station in 1961 showing the original footbridge
The station in 1961 showing the original footbridge

Originally called "Matlock Bridge", it was opened by the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway. The station saw its first passengers on 4 June 1849 when the line between Ambergate and Rowsley opened.[1] The station buildings (designed by Sir Joseph Paxton) opened in 1850.

The station masters house is now grade 2 listed.[2]

Leaving Matlock Bath, the line immediately passes into the series of High Tor tunnels, 321 yards (294 m), 58 yd (53 m) and 378 yd (346 m) long on the east side of the river, cut into the cliff side. Crossing the river and the main A6 road, the line passes through Holt Lane Tunnel (126 yd or 115 m) before entering Matlock Station. Being cut through limestone, these tunnels have required a deal of maintenance over the years.

A double-track railway line used to continue from Matlock via Bakewell and Millers Dale, with a branch to Buxton, and on through Peak Forest to Chinley and ultimately Manchester. This section of the former Midland Railway's main line to Manchester Central was closed to passengers in 1968 as a consequence of the Beeching cuts and the electrification of the West coast route from London Euston to Manchester.

The last day of operation beyond Matlock was on Saturday 29 June 1968 (two months before regular mainline steam was fully abolished).


  • Benjamin Broadhurst ????- 1869[3]
  • J.H. Thacker
  • Henry George Towle ???? - 1876
  • John Ashton 1876 - 1903[4]
  • Joseph Henry Clarke 1903 - 1911 (formerly station master at Millers Dale)
  • Harry l’Anson 1911[5] - 1922 (formerly station master at Bakewell)
  • John Thomas Austin 1922 - 1928 (formerly station master at Lancaster)
  • Ernest Shadwell 1928 - 1936
  • George Washington 1936 - 1942[6] (afterwards station master at East Ham)
  • P.B. Crowther 1942 - ???? (formerly station master at Cheadle Heath)

Recent history

Part of the route north of Matlock is now preserved as a heritage railway by the railway preservation group Peak Rail.

At present, the heritage line operates for a distance of a little under 3 12 miles (5.6 km) from Rowsley South through Darley Dale and nearby Matlock Riverside and terminates at Matlock station in the former down platform, interchanging there with rail services on the Derwent Valley Line.[7]

Before 2004, former train operating company Midland Mainline ran through services into London St Pancras whilst Central Trains have previously run trains to/from Birmingham New Street. A period of through running to/from Nottingham via Derby began in late 2008 and since May 2015 most weekday trains have run to/from Newark Castle via Derby and Nottingham.[8] Weekend services continued to start/end at Nottingham for another year but from May 2016 most Saturday services were extended to Newark Castle, leaving Sunday the only day with no direct service between Matlock and Newark.

Work within the adjacent Cawdor Quarry resulted in a new superstore for Matlock being opened in 2007, and several hundred new homes are planned to be located nearby. Matlock bus station has also been relocated so as to be adjacent to the railway station, thus giving Matlock a true transport interchange. In the year 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010 journeys from the station had increased by 40.70%.[9]

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, however in June 2009, an automatic ticket machine was installed on the platform, enabling passengers to buy or collect tickets bought in advance.

Station layout

The station has two platforms. The former up platform is used by the Derwent Valley Line while the former down platform is used by Peak Rail. The Network Rail platform is accessed from the station car park while the Peak Rail platform is accessed by a small ramp at the north end connecting to a footpath alongside the station. A footbridge at the south end of the station connects the footpath to the car park. The station building (which is located on the former up platform) is occupied by Peak Rail's transport book shop and a limited station buffet.

The track in the Network Rail platform is connected at both ends while the track in the Peak Rail platform is only connected at the north end. To the north of the station is a run-round loop for Network Rail engineering trains. One line of this loop also serves as the access route for Peak Rail trains to run into the station.


East Midlands Railway Class 156 under the new footbridge
East Midlands Railway Class 156 under the new footbridge

The station is served by East Midlands Railway. There is a basic hourly service from Newark Castle to Matlock via Derby and Nottingham on weekdays and Saturdays, although a few early and late trains run only as far as Derby or Nottingham. There is a two hourly service from Nottingham to Matlock via Derby on Sundays.[10]

Services are formed using diesel multiple units of Classes 153, 156 or 158.

Preceding station  
National Rail
National Rail
  Following station
East Midlands RailwayTerminus
Heritage Railways
  Heritage railways
Terminus   Peak Rail   Darley Dale
  Historical railways  
Matlock Bath
Line and station open
  Midland Railway
Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midland Junction Railway
  Darley Dale
Line and station open


  1. ^ "Our Kist. The Dales of Derbyshire". Derbyshire Courier. England. 9 June 1849. Retrieved 26 January 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Former station masters house at Matlock Station  (Grade II) (1270993)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Matlock. Presentation to Mr. Broadhurst". Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal. England. 19 March 1869. Retrieved 25 January 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "Derbyshire". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. England. 18 August 1903. Retrieved 25 January 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Mr. H. l"Anson". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. England. 26 May 1911. Retrieved 25 January 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "Statiomaster has new post". Derby Daily Telegraph. England. 4 June 1942. Retrieved 25 January 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "Photo: Peak Rail engine alongside East Midlands train". Railway Herald. July 2011. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Extra trains to run between Nottingham and Newark starting on Monday". 17 May 2015. Archived from the original on 1 August 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Record Growth on the Derwent Valley Line". September 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  10. ^ "Timetable from May 2016" (PDF). East Midlands Trains. May 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016.

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