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As Cromford station gets ready for its official opening today, East Midlands Trains has announced plans to introduce an hourly train service from Cromford and Whatstandwell from December.
The announcement comes on the back of the successful introduction of the new, significantly improved East Midlands Trains timetable on 14 December 2008. The new timetable resulted in an improved hourly service from the majority of stations along the Derwent Valley line, with direct through services to Nottingham. Before last December, services ran only every two hours. Since the introduction of the new timetable, the number of passengers travelling on the line has increased by around 30%, and punctuality has improved from 85.8% in January–April 2008, to 91.1% in January–April 2009.
The current service frequency from Cromford and Whatstandwell is every two hours off peak and hourly at peak times.
Commenting, David Horne, Commercial Director for East Midlands Trains said:
“As the launch of our December timetable has proved so successful, with more passengers choosing to travel with us and punctuality greatly improved, we are now delighted to be in a position to extend hourly train services to Cromford and Whatstandwell throughout the day.
“When I travelled on the line last week to talk to passengers and listen to their views about the train service, many people said that it would be more convenient if all trains stopped at Cromford and Whatstandwell. I am delighted to be able to announce today that we are going to improve the service to meet these requests.
“We would like to publicly thank Derbyshire County Council and the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership for their support in ensuring the success of the new services. We will continue to work with partners to promote the new timetable with the added benefit of the new service from December 2009, which will make it even easier for passengers to visit the fantastic Heritage site at Cromford Mill.
“Today is a great day for Cromford, with the Arkwright Society’s official opening of the restored station and waiting room, and we hope the news of our improvements from December will help to add to today’s celebrations.”
Alastair Morley from the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership said “This is great news for local residents in Cromford and Whatstandwell and for encouraging even more visitors to use the train to access the scenic Derwent Valley, go walking on the Cromford Canal or visit the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site”.
The new timetable, which will be introduced on 13 December 2009, will see the introduction of hourly services from Cromford and Whatstandwell to Derby and Nottingham.