Guidance

Buxton community rail line

Community rail line service between Buxton and Manchester.

Documents

Buxton Line: prospectus

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Buxton Line: map

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Details

The Buxton Line runs from Manchester Piccadilly to Buxton via Whaley Bridge. It’s used by school children, local people and tourists. It provides access to the Peak District National Park and the National Trust’s Lyme Park. The line was electrified between Manchester and Hazel Grove in 1981.

Buxton line

Route data

Region North west / East Midlands
Locale Greater Manchester / Derbyshire
Stations 15
Length 27.75 miles
Journey time About 1 hour — one way
Route type Primary / secondary / rural
Designation Service
Pilot project No
Designation date 25 July 2013
Partnership High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership
Operator(s) Northern

The Buxton Line serves the following stations:

  • Manchester Piccadilly
  • Levenshulme
  • Heaton Chapel
  • Stockport
  • Davenport
  • Woodsmoor
  • Hazel Grove
  • Middlewood
  • Disley
  • New Mills Newtown
  • Furness Vale
  • Whaley Bridge
  • Chapel en le Frith
  • Dove Holes
  • Buxton

Community rail designation

The Buxton Line was designated as a community rail service by the Department for Transport in July 2013. The designation covers the passenger services between Buxton to Manchester Piccadilly.

The 8 stations which make up the designation are:

  • Middlewood
  • Disley
  • New Mills Newtown
  • Furness Vale
  • Whaley Bridge
  • Chapel en le Frith
  • Dove Holes
  • Buxton

Network Rail strategic route plan

The Buxton Line has been identified as a part primary, part secondary and part rural line within Network Rail’s Cross Pennines, Yorks and Humber and north west (H) strategic route plan. The designation is largely confined to the rural route.

The High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership

The High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership formed in 2008 from a Rural Transport Partnership that had been in existence for 10 years. The partnership plays a role in the management and support of the line. It also supports the Glossop Line (Glossop to Manchester) and the Hope Valley Line (Sheffield to Manchester).

Published 1 July 2013