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Chapel-en-le-Frith railway station (formerly Chapel-en-le-Frith South) serves the town of Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, England. It is 20 12 miles (33.0 kilometres) south east of Manchester Piccadilly on the Buxton Line from Manchester. It was built in 1863 for the London & North Western Railway on its line from Whaley Bridge to Buxton. as an extension of the Stockport, Disley and Whaley Bridge Railway.

In 1867, the Midland Railway built a station (known as Chapel-en-le-Frith Central) on the Sheffield and Midland Railway Companies' Committee line from Millers Dale to Chinley. The town therefore had a main line connection from Manchester to London featuring expresses such as the 'Palatine' and the 'Peaks'. However, with the closure of the ex Midland route from Chinley to Rowsley to passenger traffic in 1967, Central station was closed. The Midland line is still in-situ and used for freight to and from Peak Forest.

The station is one of very few to retain its walkway to cross between platforms, most stations having had footbridges installed. The prime reason for this is the requirement to provide a vehicular crossing for those houses further up the hill which have no reliable alternative, as the very rough alternative is blocked for days during snow, and even when open requires a considerable extra distance to be covered to reach Chapel Town Centre. A footbridge would therefore not be used.[citation needed]

The former station master's house was used as a restaurant called "Brief Encounter" but has been refurbished and is being used as a band room for Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Band.[1]

Facilities

The station is unstaffed and has no ticketing provision, so tickets must be purchased in advance of travel or on the train. There are waiting shelters on both platforms and train running information is provided by automated announcements, CIS displays, timetable poster boards and a customer help point on platform 1. Step-free access is available to both sides via the foot crossing at the Whaley Bridge end of the station.[2]

Service

There is generally an hourly service each day to Manchester Piccadilly northbound all week (including Sundays). Besides this, a few early morning and evening peak hour trains on weekdays continue beyond Manchester Piccadilly Clitheroe, Wigan North Western, Barrow-in-Furness, Blackpool North and Kirby.[3] All southbound services terminate at Buxton. During peak hours the service is roughly half-hourly.[4]

1957 collision

The station was the site of a fatal collision in 1957 which is commemorated with a plaque at the station.

References

  • Radford, B., (1988) Midland Though The Peak Unicorn Books
  1. ^ High Peak Borough Council Licensing details, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-13.  accessed 13-102-2010
  2. ^ Chapel-en-le-Frith station facilities National Rail Enquiries; retrieved 19 May 2017
  3. ^ Table 82 National Rail timetable, May 2017
  4. ^ Table 86 National Rail timetable, May 2017

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