It’s good news for commuters on the Hope Valley line this week, as the Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, officially unveiled improvements at Dore and Totley railway station.
After a campaign from the Friends of Dore and Totley Station, a new canopy has been built, to keep commuters dry as they wait on the platform.
Funded by Northern by Arriva, TransPennine Express, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Friends of Dore & Totley Station, High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership and ACoRP, the canopy now provides a shelter for many of the 174,000 passengers who use the station every year.
Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region (SCR), said: “I’m pleased to open the new canopy at Dore and Totley Railway Station, which will improve the commuter experience on this important route between Sheffield and Manchester.
“This also comes at an important time for rail in our region.
“Last week I launched the region’s Integrated Rail Plan, which has been supported by all four South Yorkshire leaders as well as by the Department for Transport, HS2 Ltd, Transport for the North and others.
“Within this plan is an outlined package of improvements for our community railway stations, such as at Dore and Totley. This not only includes improving the surroundings and safety features of stations but also improving journey times and frequency of trains.”
The Hope Valley Line provides the only Trans-Pennine rail link between the SCR and Greater Manchester, and therefore performs an important role in the SCR economy and wider northern transport network.
However, it is currently only served by two fast trains and one stopping train per hour, and journey times are relatively slow.
Steve Hopkinson, Regional Director at Northern, said: “Dore Station canopy is testament to the power of what can be achieved when the rail industry and our community partners have a joint vision and have been able to source funding for a significant station improvement. We are truly grateful to all parties for their significant contributions in helping this project come to fruition.”
Melissa Farmer, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive Rail Development Manager, said: “We recognise it is important for passengers using our region’s rail stations to enjoy a good customer experience. The new canopy contributes to making train travel an attractive choice for those waiting to start or ending their journey at Dore and Totley.
“We are very pleased to be able to invest in this much awaited addition, and to help the community rail groups and industry colleagues make it happen. The hard work, commitment and enthusiasm of all involved is a credit to the station, and we look forward to continuing to work together to support rail improvements across South Yorkshire.”
The opening of the new canopy also coincides with the 125th anniversary of the first passenger journey on the Hope Valley Line.
Dore and Totley station was opened on the Sheffield to Chesterfield line by Midland Railways in 1872, while the Dore to Chinley line first carried passengers in 1894.