News from East Midlands Trains


Duffield Station Decked Out for the Summer

Duffield station platform has been decked out with a new garden feature comprising hundreds of colourful shrubs and herbs set around sections of decking.    

The large formerly barren platform has been transformed with a new garden comprising 12 large planters set within three large sections of decking. The planters have a typically Mediterranean feel as shrubs and herbs have been selected that will flourish in a minimal depth of soil.   

The work to install the new decking and planting area has been carried out jointly by Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership working with Duffield Parish Council, East Midlands Trains, Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Friends of the Derwent Valley Line and Network Rail.  Over twenty staff and volunteers from these organisations took part in a community day when over 150 bags of compost and woodchip were carried across the footbridge to fill the new planters. Over 300 shrubs and herbs were planted to complete the new station garden feature.   Other parts of the station were also given a facelift during the day including painting the brickwork and sides of the footbridge as well as staining of wooden fencing.   

Jake Kelly, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains said “This is a fantastic improvement for Duffield station, which has completely transformed an untidy disused platform area into something that passengers can admire.  I know how much hard work has taken place on this project and everybody should be proud of the end result.  I would like to thank all those involved in giving Duffield its great new look.”  

“We are very proud of the village of Duffield – with its two stations” said Ken Raynor Chairman of the Parish Council, “both of which are seeing increasing passenger numbers. It was great to have all the rail staff and volunteers working together on this asset to the village. It is a great improvement.” 

The Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership was successful in obtaining grant funding for the project from the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP).   This grant funding has also enabled the surfacing of the footpath linking the East Midlands Trains and Ecclesbourne Valley Railway platforms.