Anger after more Derbyshire train services cut

News that train operating company Northern have announced cuts to a popular route used by Derbyshire commuters has led to anger from passengers. The route from Leeds to Nottingham travels through many Derbyshire towns and is a commonly used service for commuters working in Yorkshire or Nottinghamshire.

Starting from May 15, a new timetable has been implemented which Northern say will see a “small number of services” cut on the route. The Derbyshire stations on the route which will be therefore affected by the cuts to services are Dronfield, Chesterfield, Alfreton, Langley Mill and Ilkeston.

One of the towns affected, Chesterfield has previously been named one of the best towns to live in for commuters with its strong rail links to London and Nottingham. We visited Chesterfield train station to speak to people on the platform about the news that some services have been cut.

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One of the most popular journeys from Chesterfield station is to Sheffield, with a short 15 minute journey to the steel city opening up endless possibilities to travel further afar. Jeanette, a 45-year-old from Brimington was waiting on the platform to jump on and undergo the brisk journey to Sheffield to meet her boyfriend di lei.

“My fella lives in Sheffield so I get the train a lot and I’ll tell you it is already bad enough with how packed the trains are. Last time I got on a train it was heaving, I have mobility issues and luckily I got a seat, “Jeanette said.

“I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to get off the train. Cutting the number of trains isn’t going to help someone like me.”

Luckily for Jeanette her journey is 15 minutes and although uncomfortable she expressed how it was only a short journey. However, the train cuts won’t just affect the short journeys to neighboring towns and villages, as another local told us.

Sue, who asked not to include her surname, visits her son in north Wales every couple of months. She has to travel via Sheffield as there is no direct train from Chesterfield. She says she already has adjusted the days she visits him because of how busy the trains were and delays she experienced during the journey.

“It is ridiculous, I lived 42 years in Sheffield and it never got this bad. I tried to visit my son on a Friday and I said to myself never again.

“I now travel to see him [her son] on Thursdays because weekends are just too much stress. It was packed in the train and then when it came to changing at Sheffield and Chester there were delays. There are already not enough services running in this part of the country. “

Although many travelers in Derbyshire will be affected by these cuts, there is some good news for those living in the Peak District. The Hope Valley line between Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly will see additional services, stopping at a handful of Derbyshire villages, including Hathersage and Edale.

Tricia Williams, chief operating officer at Northern, said: “Customers are at the heart of everything we do, and the new timetables are designed to deliver high levels of reliability. We’ve made decisions about our timetables based on the levels of resource we have available and prioritizing the routes with the highest customer demand, and which support the region’s economic growth. “

“We fully understand the role we play in keeping people on the move and I am asking our customers to familiarize themselves with the new timetables ahead of the changes this Sunday, and to check carefully before any journeys to ensure their journeys go as smoothly as possible . “

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